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In this issue:

Active Voice: Barefoot Running - More than just Foot Strike?
ACSM Women Leading the Way: March is Women’s History Month
Policy Corner: Members Hit the Hill to Support Guidelines Bill
ACSM 60th Annual Meeting: Register by 3/27 to Receive Early Bird Discount
Don’t Miss Free Online Content from Current Sports Medicine Reports
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Active Voice: Barefoot Running - More than just Foot Strike?
By Janet S. Dufek, Ph.D., FACSM and Traci L. Delgado, SPT
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Dr. Janet Dufek is an associate professor and co-director of the Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her primary area of research focuses on lower extremity function and performer variability. As a runner, she is an advocate of “within-activity cross-training”.

Ms. Traci Delgado is nearing completion of her doctoral degree in physical therapy (DPT) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She aspires to build her career in an outpatient setting where orthopedics and athletes are her primary focus.

This commentary presents Dr. Dufek’s and Ms. Delgado’s views on the topic of a research article which they and their colleagues published in the March 2013 issue of
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise®.

Injury prevention in the running community is paramount for sports medicine practitioners. As running fads populate, it is important to understand underlying biomechanical processes in order to provide appropriate intervention and rehabilitation therapies to minimize and recover from injury. One of the techniques utilized in the prevention of running injuries is to modify the gait pattern, with one particular contemporary trend increasing amongst runners, i.e., barefoot (or minimalist footwear) running. There is growing evidence to suggest that barefoot running results in changes in how you run (kinematics) as well as the forces (kinetics) associated with running.

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ACSM Women Leading the Way: March is Women's History Month

In celebration of March as Women’s History Month, ACSM would like to thank the thousands of female members and leaders of the College for their dedication and service. In addition, we’d like to take a moment to highlight some of the work ACSM members are doing to advance women’s causes through selected events and initiatives:

Josephine L. Rathbone Memorial Breakfast Honoring ACSM’s Women
Josephine L. Rathbone was the sole female founder of the American College of Sports Medicine. In her honor each year, the SHI – Women, Sport and Physical Activity committee hosts the Josephine L. Rathbone Memorial Breakfast at the ACSM Annual Meeting. The 2013 event will be held in Indianapolis on Thursday, May 30. Invitations will be sent in April.

Learn more by viewing ACSM Distinguished Leaders in Sports Medicine & Exercise Science video on Josephine Rathbone.

Awards and Funds in Honor of Female Members

ACSM has established numerous awards in honor of distinguished female members. Below are descriptions of a few of those funds.
  • Barbara Drinkwater Research Fund. Barbara Drinkwater, Ph.D., FACSM, served as ACSM's first female President in 1988-89. ACSM has established a fund in her name to make possible an important opportunity for ACSM to stimulate scientific discovery and clinical progress in the vital area of women’s health. The fund has a strategic framework to organize and propel forward its efforts in improving the health, performance and well-being of women and girls in physical activity and sports.
  • Lisa Krivickas Travel Award. Lisa Krivickas, M.D., FACSM, was a beloved 20-year member of ACSM. Due to her untimely passing in September 2009, ACSM approved the establishment of a travel award to be given annually to a female clinician scientist in order to assist funding travel to the ACSM Annual Meeting.
  • Gail Butterfield Nutrition Travel Award. Established in memory of Gail E. Butterfield, the fund is used to provide annual assistance to help fund travel expenses accrued by two Ph.D. students (one from the U.S. and one international student) to present their scholarly work at the ACSM Annual Meeting.
  • Kay & Craig Broeder Preventative Health Female Cancer Fund. The Broeder Preventative Health Female Cancer Fund established in 2009 provides research funding for master and/or doctoral students or junior faculty interested in doing exercise and nutrition-based clinical preventative research.

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Policy Corner: Members Hit the Hill to Support Guidelines Bill

ACSM has long worked toward a statute establishing a regular cycle for updating federal physical activity guidelines. The filing last week of S. 531 , the “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Act,” marks a milestone in that quest. The timing, on the eve ACSM’s first Capitol Hill Day event, was superb—and far from coincidental. The bill dropped days after First Lady Michelle Obama announced release of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans Midcourse Report, “Strategies to Increase Physical Activity Among Youth,” as covered in last week’s SMB.

S. 531 is a bipartisan bill sponsored by Sens. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Roger Wicker (R-MS). A companion bill will soon be filed in the House, also with bipartisan sponsorship. In ACSM’s news release announcing the legislation, President Janet Walberg Rankin, Ph.D., FACSM, noted, “Since the first federal U.S. physical activity guidelines were published in 2008, much research has led to a greater understanding of the relationship between physical activity and health. We are also learning how to motivate people to lead healthy lifestyles, and how better to incorporate physical activity and exercise into daily living. Just as with nutritional guidelines, Americans need physical activity guidelines that reflect the growing evidence base supporting this crucial area.”

Capitol Hill Day
Adding the power of direct personal contact, about a dozen ACSM professional members participated in ACSM’s first Capitol Hill Day to meet with Members of Congress and staff March 13 to urge their representatives and senators to co-sponsor or otherwise support the Guidelines legislation. Many reported positive responses, reinforcing the effectiveness of putting member-experts in touch with their elected officials—the strategy behind ACSM’s growing network of Key Contacts. The ACSM-led Federal Physical Activity Guidelines Coalition swung into action as well, encouraging advocates to show their support for S. 531. The Coalition continues to add organizational members and develop communication tools for advocates to use and share.

As announced in past Policy Corner items, ACSM’s Capitol Hill Day added our member-advocates to National Health Through Fitness Day, sponsored by the Sports and Fitness Industry Association. ACSM is a founding partner of the SFIA-led PHIT America campaign.

For more information on Guidelines legislation, Capitol Hill Day or ACSM’s advocacy program, contact Monte Ward, vice president for government relations (

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ACSM 60th Annual Meeting: Register by 3/27 to Receive Early Bird Discount

Register today to attend ACSM’s 60th Annual Meeting and 4th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®. By attending, you’ll access the latest scientific and clinical research from around the world, gain continuing education, and network with experts in the fields of sports medicine, exercise science, basic/applied science, physical activity, and public health. Early bird registration discount ends on March 27.

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Don't Miss Free Online Content from Current Sports Medicine Reports

The March/April 2013 issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports is now available online. Check out the two free featured articles at The featured articles for this issue include, “Atrial Fibrillation in the Athlete,” by Antoin M. Alexander, MD and “High Altitude Pulmonary Edema: A Review of Current Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment,” by Andre Pennardt, MD. The articles are only available for free until May 13, so download them today!

Current Sports Medicine Reports is the official clinical review journal of ACSM and is written specifically for ACSM physician members to provide a thorough review of the most current sports medicine literature. ACSM physician members receive an online subscription to this journal as a member benefit. Interested in print? ACSM members can purchase a print subscription of Current Sports Medicine Reports for only $15 per year. Contact ACSM Membership at 317.637.9200 x309 or email for details.

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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.

Fitness Trend Alert: Plyometrics has Exercisers Jumping
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