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In this issue:

Active Voice: Neuromuscular Dysfunction in Diabetes: Role of Nerve Impairment and Training Status
Announcing 2013 Honor and Citation Award Recipients
Policy Corner: ACSM Advances Physical Activity and Sports Medicine at Two Key National Conferences
Every Vote Counts: Vote in the ACSM Election Today
Student Travel Awards Available
Don't Miss Free Online Content from ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®
Students: Don't Miss Your Chance to Win $1000 and Free 2013 Annual Meeting Registration
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines
 
 


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Active Voice: Neuromuscular Dysfunction in Diabetes: Role of Nerve Impairment and Training Status
By Massimo Sacchetti, Ph.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Massimo Sacchetti is an associate professor at the Department of Human Movement and Sport Sciences at the University of Foro Italico, Rome, Italy. His main research focuses on the role of exercise for health and physical fitness, with a special emphasis on metabolic and neuromuscular function.

This commentary presents Dr. Sacchetti’s views associated with a related research report that he and his colleagues presented in the January 2013 issue of ACSM’s Medicine and Science In Sports and Exercise®
(MSSE).

Diabetic patients are at high risk of developing physical disabilities after the age of 60. One of the factors contributing to this association is muscle weakness. Beside the quantification of the reduction in muscle strength, understanding of the modification of force expression is also important, as it reflects the basic mechanisms leading to the diabetes-related impairment of neuromuscular function, affects the functional capabilities during the activity of daily living and provides indications on how to structure exercise-based interventions.

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Announcing 2013 ACSM Honor and Citation Award Recipients

Congratulations to the 2013 ACSM Honor and Citation Award Recipients. These individuals will be formally recognized during the awards banquet at the 60th ACSM Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® in Indianapolis on Friday evening, May 31st.

2013 Honor Award Recipient
Robert Malina, Ph.D., FACSM
Bay City, Texas


2013 Citation Award Recipients

J. Mark Davis, Ph.D., FACSM
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC

Harold W. Kohl, Ph.D., FACSM
University of Texas, Austin
Austin, TX

Timothy I. Musch, Ph.D., FACSM
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS

Miriam E. Nelson, Ph.D., FACSM
Tufts University
Boston, MA

David Nieman, Dr.PH, FACSM
Appalachian State University
Kannapolis, NC

Andrew Young, Ph.D., FACSM
USARIEM
Natick, MA

The Awards and Tributes Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Honor and Citation Awards. The nomination deadline is April 15, 2013. For honor and citation award descriptions and nomination instructions, click here.

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Policy Corner: ACSM Advances Physical Activity and Sports Medicine at Two Key National Conferences

ACSM thrives at the intersection of science, medical practice and advocacy. Two recent meetings in a busy week for ACSM President Janet Walberg Rankin, Ph.D., FACSM, and CEO Jim Whitehead illustrate the point.

Feb. 19-21, representatives of over 50 organizations met at the Nike headquarters near Portland, Oregon. ACSM had joined Nike and the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education to develop the Designed to Move initiative, and this was a roll-up-your-sleeves session to flesh out the champion organizations’ roles in advancing the collaborative. D2M seeks to give every child a positive experience with physical activity and to integrate physical activity into everyday life.

From Portland, Rankin and Whitehead headed to Mobile, Alabama for the annual meeting of the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science. Whitehead serves as Chairman of the Board of the Joint Commission. They presented on ActivEarth, reflecting Rankin’s vision of active transport with its many co-benefits including sustainability, economic savings and, of course, health and fitness. The Joint Commission is a fertile collaboration of leaders from medicine, sports, government, advocacy other sectors.

The common thread in these disparate efforts—aside from the leadership of Rankin, Whitehead and staff—is the translation of research into widespread adoption and public policy to benefit individual health and the public weal. Beyond D2M and ActivEarth, of course, are Exercise is Medicine®, the ACSM American Fitness IndexTM, Every Body Walk! and other initiatives. Each is unique, but all seek to spread the co-benefits of physical activity, sport and exercise. Underpinning all is the evidence base generated by ACSM researchers and our commitment to improving health through science, education and medicine.

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Every Vote Counts: Vote in the ACSM Election Today

Don’t forget to vote for next year’s college 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.

View candidates online. With questions, please contact Chris Sawyer at csawyer@acsm.org.

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Student Travel Awards Available

ACSM is currently accepting applications for three student travel awards. Application deadline for all three awards is April 1, 2013. Additional details and applications for each award can be found in the Student Corner” section of www.acsm.org. Students may also be eligible for a travel scholarship offered by FASEB. The FASEB MARC Program provides funding for travel awards to encourage and support the participation of underrepresented students and postdoctoral fellows at scientific meetings and conferences; the participation of underrepresented undergraduate students in summer research opportunity programs; and the participation of underrepresented graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty members in leadership development and grantsmanship training seminar programs. The awards help to defray meeting registration and travel-related expenses (lodging, transportation, per diem) for eligible underrepresented* undergraduate and graduate students, post-baccalaureates, postdoctorates, junior faculty and mentors/faculty scientists in the biomedical and behavioral science. More information is available on the FASEB website.
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Don't Miss Free Online Content from ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®

Check out the two free featured articles from the March/April 2013 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® at www.acsm-healthfitness.org. Featured articles for this issue include, "Summit Speakers: Getting to Know the 2013 Keynoters for ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit," a question-and-answer article with James Rippe, M.D. and Andrew Baldwin, M.D. and the Fitness Focus column, "Low Back Pain," by Brad Roy, Ph.D., FACSM. The articles are available free of charge until April 23, so download your copies today.
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Students: Don't Miss Your Chance to Win $1000 and Free 2013 Annual Meeting Registration

Are you planning on attending the 2013 ACSM Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana? If you are, here is your chance to help promote physical activity to conference participants while also having the chance to win $1000* 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 2013 Annual Meeting**, $1000 and their submission displayed prominently at the meeting. Steve Blair will present the $1000 to the winner in a small presentation in the student lounge. Finalists will be invited to display their presentations at the 2013 Annual Meeting. The second place winner will receive a complimentary registration to the 2014 Annual Meeting.

**Registration fee will be refunded post meeting to the winner.

*Graciously provided by Dr. Steve Blair, P.E.D., FACSM

Click here for the submission form. You must follow all the criteria listed on the form or your submission will not be considered. All submissions must be emailed to education@acsm.org by March 20, 2013.

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SPORTS MEDICINE & EXERCISE MEDICINE 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.


Family Fitness: Journey From Fried Foods to Fish Tacos
USA Today
Ashley Stewart of Montgomery, Ala., says for years her family's eating habits consisted of "eating whatever we wanted whenever we wanted to eat it."

That included fast food, fried foods, doughnuts, sweets and other nutritional no-nos. "We're in Alabama, one of the most obese states in the nation," Ashley says. "Temptation is everywhere we go."

Their exercise habits were "almost nonexistent," she says. As a result, many of her family members had medical problems related to their excess weight.

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Footstrike And Its Possible Effect On Lower Back Pain
Runner's World
Does a forefoot running style reduce lumbar lordosis and back pain?

Research into barefoot versus shod running or its near twin, forefoot versus rearfoot striking, continues to flood the scientific journals. That doesn’t mean that all reach startling conclusions. Science moves slowly, in fits and starts and even reversals.

The newest paper, published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, sought to determine if a change in footstrike might help those who suffer from lower back pain, a major health issue for runners and nonrunners alike. The researchers hypothesized that a change from rearfooting to forefooting might decrease lumbar lordosis, a potential pain trigger. It didn’t, at least not enough for them to support their hypothesis. Forefooting “did not make a difference in the amount of flexion or extension in which the lumbar spine was positioned,” they wrote.

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