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In this issue:

Active Voice: Importance of FASEB’s MARC Program to ACSM’s Young Scientists
Every Vote Counts: Vote in the ACSM Election Today
The Week That Was: Five Meetings Yield Big Wins for Youth Sports
Policy Corner: Join ACSM Capitol Hill Day March 4-5
Visit ACSM's Sport Performance Center for Olympic Resources and Expert Commentary
BY POPULAR DEMAND: Deadline Extended — Students, Submit Your Video by Friday, February 28th
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines
 
 


Active Voice: Importance of FASEB's MARC Program to ACSM's Young Scientists
By Chester A. Ray, Ph.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Chester A. Ray, Ph.D., FACSM, is professor of medicine and cellular & molecular physiology in the College of Medicine at Penn State University, Hershey, PA. He has an extensive and well-funded research program, focusing on autonomic neural adjustments to physical and mental stress in humans. A 30-year member of ACSM, Dr. Ray represents ACSM on the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Board of Directors.

FASEB works to influence policies that affect the individual scientist’s research environment, including funding for clinical, translational and behavioral research. This Active Voice presents Dr. Ray’s perspective on the overall functions of FASEB and why this body has considerable implications for ACSM members and our policy initiatives.


In a previous issue of SMB, I identified a number of important aspects that membership in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) contributes to ACSM. I would like to highlight one of these aspects in this newsletter – The FASEB MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) Program.

The FASEB MARC Program is funded by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health. A primary goal of the MARC Program is to increase the number and competitiveness of underrepresented minorities engaged in biomedical and behavioral research. Awards are given to poster/platform presenters and faculty mentors paired with the students/trainees they mentor. The support that ACSM receives for its faculty and students from this program is outstanding. This year alone the MARC program conferred 42 awards totaling $74,000 at the ACSM annual meeting in Indianapolis. Nearly $79,000 was awarded to ACSM members and their students in 2013. ACSM has been receiving these awards for many years. These awards are also available for regional chapter meetings and even ACSM’s specialty conferences.

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Every Vote Counts: Vote in the ACSM Election Today
Don't forget to vote for ACSM's future leadership today. All members in good standing should have received an email and postcard recently with directions for voting and providing you with your unique username and password. Trustees take office in Orlando, following adjournment of the board meeting.
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The Week That Was: Five Meetings Yield Big Wins for Youth Sports

Tom Farrey of ESPN/Aspen Institute kicks off a Project Play forum on healthy youth athletes.

Five events last week have strong repercussions for youth athletes, though they awarded no medals and set no records. Far from the snows of Sochi, leading sports medical experts, youth sports officials, sports psychologists and other thought leaders gathered in central Florida for a series of meetings in which ACSM played a pivotal role.

Dubbed the inaugural Sports Science and Performance Week, the lineup centered around the conference "Developing the Healthy Youth AthleteTM: The Public Health Challenge and Opportunity." Highlights included keynotes by Robert M. Malina, PhD, FACSM, and Tom Farrey of ESPN and the Aspen Institute's Project Play.

Farrey moderated a separate roundtable at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as part of Aspen Institute’s Sport and Society program, which he directs. The week also included a board meeting of the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute (a partnership between ACSM and Sanford Health). The National Sports Concussion Coalition, comprising many of those assembled for the week, met as well, and the week finished with the annual meeting of the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science. Connections among these events went well beyond the logistical convenience of having so many participants together at the same time. A clear consensus emerged regarding the dangers of early specialization in sport and the need to increase access to sports opportunities for all youth. Future issues of SMB will include reports from this unprecedented series of conferences, and the insights they yielded will guide our collective efforts to continually improve youth sports in the U.S. and worldwide.

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Policy Corner: Join ACSM Capitol Hill Day March 4-5
Signaling the steady growth of its policy influence, ACSM will hold its second annual Capitol Hill Day on March 4-5. Capitol Hill Day offers ACSM members the opportunity to provide their insights on issues that the Congress is considering. It is vital that ACSM members participate in order to achieve ACSM's policy goals. ACSM members are invited to participate in the prep session (Tuesday evening, March 4) and visits with Members of Congress and staff (March 5).

While ACSM cannot reimburse expenses, those participating will enjoy the rewards of ensuring that the Congress is adequately educated on our issues to make informed decisions on legislation. Capitol Hill Day also presents the opportunity to interact with elected leaders and staff, as well as the sports celebrities who will be part of the day's ongoing meetings and demonstrations.

ACSM's 2014 Capitol Hill Day will again be held in partnership with the Sports & Fitness Industry Association's highly successful annual lobbying event. To sign up for Capitol Hill Day or for more information, contact Monte Ward, ACSM's vice president for government relations, at mward@acsm.org.

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Visit ACSM's Sport Performance Center for Olympic Resources and Expert Commentary
Don't miss ACSM's online Sport Performance Center web resource, evidence-based source of information regarding topics relating to athlete health, sports performance, fitness and conditioning. The Sport Performance Center features commentary from Fellows and other ACSM experts on the ACSM blog and related research on current topics and issues in sports medicine. You can also join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter for more up-to-the-minute resources and information during the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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BY POPULAR DEMAND: Deadline Extended — Students, Submit Your Video by Friday, February 28th
Are you planning on attending the 2014 ACSM Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida? If you are, here is your chance to help promote physical activity to conference participants while also having the chance to win $500 and a free conference registration. Get those creative juices flowing to encourage conference participants to get moving while attending the meeting. Submit a video that gets everyone excited about walking during breaks and during the entire Annual Meeting.

The Grand Prize winner will receive complimentary registration to the 2014 Annual Meeting*, $500** and their submission displayed prominently at the meeting. Steve Blair will present the $500 to the winner in a small presentation in the student lounge. Finalists will be invited to display their presentations at the 2014 Annual Meeting. The second place winner will receive a complimentary registration to the 2015 Annual Meeting.

Click here for the application.

Did you miss the winning video from the 2013 meeting? View it here!

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SPORTS MEDICINE & EXERCISE SCIENCE HEADLINES

Headlines include recent stories in the media on sports medicine and exercise science topics and do not reflect ACSM statements, views or endorsements. Headlines are meant to inform members on what the public is reading and hearing about the field.


2014 Winter Olympics: Which Winter Sports Burn the Most Calories?
LiveScience via CBS News
Regardless of whether they win gold, athletes at this year's Winter Olympics will no doubt expend a significant number of calories as they try to ski, jump and skate their way past the competition.

But which winter sport burns the most calories?

According to the Compendium of Physical Activities, a standardized list of the calories burned during many different types of activities, the title goes to cross-country skiing. An elite racer who weighs 220 lbs. (100 kilograms) would burn about 260 calories during 10 minutes of cross-country skiing at a pace of at least 8 mph (13 km/h), according to the Compendium.

Other winter sports near the top of the list include figure skating, which burns 245 calories in 10 minutes, and competitive speed skating, which burns about 230 calories in 10 minutes.

Lower down on the list are downhill skiing, which burns about 140 calories per 10 minutes, bobsledding/luge, which burns about 122 calories, and curling, which burns 70 calories.

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Tweaking an Exercise Routine to Stay Strong After 50
Reuters
People turning 50 may want to consider tweaking their exercise routines because as they age, stiffer joints, slower recovery from injury and the loss of lean body mass are among the perils facing the youngest baby boomers, fitness experts say.

Studies have shown that even a 90-year-old can build muscle, so the half-century mark is a good time to retire joint-stressing high jumps and to start lifting dumbbells to build strength.

"The average man in good shape is about 85 percent lean weight, organs, blood, bones, muscles and skin, to 15 percent fat. The average healthy woman has a 75/25 ratio," said Westcott, fitness research director at the South Shore YMCA in Quincy, Massachusetts.

"It's more challenging with age but if you do strength training you can maintain your lean muscle to about age 70," he said, adding that an older woman who doesn't resistance train will lose up to 10 pounds of lean mass per decade.

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