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Sports Medicine Bulletin
March 10, 2009  
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Italy is Latest International Partnership; ACSM and the Italian Sports Medicine Federation to Launch Exercise is Medicine - Italia and Other Initiatives
ACSM has announced a partnership with the Italian Sports Medicine Federation (Federazione Medico Sportiva Italiana, FMSI) that will focus on research and the development of joint protocols in the field of sports medicine in Italy. As one feature of the partnership, FMSI will also support and promote the Exercise is Medicine™ initiative in Italy. More

South African ACSM International Team Physician Course Attracts Delegates from 14 Countries, Continues Global Progress of Clinical Sports Medicine
Jon Patricios, M.D., FACSM, 2009 International Team Physician Course Convenor, reports on the conference. More

White House Health Care Summit Shows Both Promise and Need for Greater Effort on Physical Activity, Prevention, and Healthy Lifestyles
Last week's White House Summit on Health Care broadly covered key issues that will be debated in Congress and across the United States in the weeks and months ahead, including health disparities and managing the overall costs of health care. More

ACSM American Fitness Index™ Program Poised to Improve Healthy Lifestyles in the 50 Largest U.S. Cities
ACSM convened the ACSM American Fitness Index™ expert panel meeting on March 2-3, 2009, with key representatives from American Medical Association, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services, National Recreation and Park Association, National Association of City and County Health Officials, and YMCA. The group participated in a strategic brainstorming process for the development of the AFI Community Action Guide, a new tool for communities to utilize in conjunction with the AFI data report. Both resources will be unveiled at ACSM’s Annual Meeting in Seattle, Wash. during the final week of May. For more information about the ACSM American Fitness Index™, check out the program’s Web site (

ACSM to Launch Web-based Radio Program on Sports Medicine and Exercise Science
ACSM members and experts will soon be featured guests on a weekly co-branded program dedicated to health, fitness and sports medicine via a new partnership with HealthRadio, a Web-based broadcast network. More

Please Join the Movement: Exercise is Medicine Month this May to Make Powerful Statement
May 2009 is Exercise is Medicine™ month, a time to recognize, emphasize and celebrate the valuable health benefits of exercise on a national scale.

Montana and South Dakota have already officially recognized Exercise is Medicine month. In 2008, many states, including Florida, Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Connecticut and Iowa issued proclamations, and several cities also pledged support, including Indianapolis, Ind.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Eugene, Ore.; and several cities in Texas.

We need your help to build awareness of the important principles of Exercise is Medicine. Click here to download the proclamations and a sample request letter for your local mayor and state governor. Visit to find more information. And, don’t forget to tell us what you’re doing to be recognized on “Exercise is Medicine” materials and by ACSM.

News Coverage Round-Up: Our Members and Our Field as Featured in Major Media Reports
ACSM membership boasts an outstanding group of highly regarded experts in their respective fields. "ACSM in the News" reports on news organizations that cite various ACSM members as authorities on the health, fitness and science aspects of sports and exercise. More

In Memory: The Legacy of Vito Perriello, M.D.
The College was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Dr. Vito Perriello, who served as chair of the U.S. Lacrosse Sports Science & Safety Committee. Please visit this link to learn more about Dr. Perriello’s distinguished career in sports medicine and pediatrics. More

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Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines

The content expressed on external news websites does not express the opinion of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Starting Physical Exercise After 50 Beneficial: Study
from AFP
Taking up regular physical exercise after the age of 50 is as beneficial for men as quitting smoking, a Swedish study published Friday on the website of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) showed. Men who began exercising after the age of 50 had the same life expectancy after 10 years as men who had always exercised, the researchers from Uppsala University said. More

Finding a Way to Ask Doctors Tough Questions
from The Wall Street Journal
Waiting to see his dermatologist about a skin rash, John Barnett heard the doctor sneeze loudly before he came into the exam room. The Seattle-area retiree says it took all his courage to ask, "Are you going to wash your hands before you examine me?" Despite efforts by advocacy groups and others to empower patients, challenging a doctor or nurse on whether they are correctly doing their jobs remains downright intimidating. More

'Love Handles' May Restrict Lungs
from BBC
The most effective way to lower the core body temperature of a person with exercise-induced heat exhaustion or heat stroke is to immerse the body in ice-cold water, according to a review of published research on the topic. When cold-water immersion is not immediately possible, alternative cooling methods must be immediately implemented while awaiting emergency transport to a medical facility, reports Brendon P. McDermott, a doctoral research fellow and instructor at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, and colleagues. More

Exercise: The Best Medicine
from LiveScience
It just seems too good to be true. Study after research study consistently promoting the endless benefits of exercise. Couch potatoes everywhere are waiting for the other shoe to drop, telling us that all of those scientists were wrong and we should remain as sedentary as possible. Yet four additional studies released recently each give the same prescription for improving some aspect of your health: exercise. More

The Age-Defying Power of Six
from Good Housekeeping
A 2008 review of these diet-friendly foods — which include whole wheat, oats, and brown rice, and the bread, cereal, and other edibles made from them — concluded that a meal plan loaded with whole grains helps you stay slim, thanks, in part, to fiber's role in appetite control. Their low rankings on the glycemic index (a system that rates the effect of different carbohydrates on blood sugar levels) may also play a role. More

Arm Fractures Indicate Greater Risk of Hip Fractures in Elderly Patients
from Newswise Medical Wire
Elderly women with upper arm fractures are five times more likely than the general population to experience a broken hip in the 12 months following the arm fracture, according to a study published in the March 2009 issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS). Understanding that risk can be a key to preventing those fractures, the study notes. More

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