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Sports Medicine Bulletin
March 31, 2009  
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ACSM Expands International Reach, Launches Certification Workshop in China
ACSM certification has expanded its international reach, with the recent collaboration with an international organization in Bejing, China that trained more than 50 industry experts to be workshop leaders for the ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and the ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist. More

New Global Association Promotes Benefits of Worksite Health
The International Association for Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP), an affiliate society of the American College of Sports Medicine, was introduced at last week’s ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition. The newly formed international association dedicated to worksite health says encouraging employees to be active and healthy is crucial for company cost savings – a message backed by representatives from corporations and federal agencies who participated in the society’s launch. More

Reminder: Last Chance to Recognize World Day for Physical Activity: April 6, 2009
Don’t miss your opportunity to celebrate Agita Mundo’s “World Day for Physical Activity” on Monday, April 6, 2009. More than 6,000 events featuring opportunities to be physically active will be going on all over the world next week. ACSM and partners will host a day-long event for the community in and around Indianapolis, home to the ACSM National Center. Four ACSM Regional Chapters—Mid-Atlantic, New England, Northland and Southeast—will also “World Day for Physical Activity events. Click here for more information on Agita Mundo and registering your event.

Exercise is Medicine Roundtable Examines Science, Practice and Policy Landscape
The first scientific Roundtable on Exercise is Medicine took place this past weekend in Atlanta to examine the evidence for the efficacy of exercise in preventing, treating, or managing chronic diseases and the practical issues in its implementation among physicians and other health professionals. More

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ACSM Health & Fitness Summit Again Bridges Science and Practice
The ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition has set out to bridge the gap between science and practice for 13 years now. Last week’s conference in Atlanta attracted a record number of attendees from more than 40 countries for nearly 100 sessions, workouts, pre-conferences and events in a variety of health and fitness tracks. Read Summit profiles here, and plan now to attend the Summit in Austin, Texas, April 7-10, 2010.

ACSM/FASEB Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Travel Awards Available for 2009 ACSM Annual Meeting
ACSM/FASEB Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Travel Awards are meant to promote the entry of underrepresented minority students, postdoctorates and scientists into the mainstream of the basic science community and to encourage the participation of young scientists at the Annual Meeting. Awards are granted to abstract slide or poster presenters and faculty mentors paired with the students/trainees they mentor. The deadline for the 2009 ACSM Annual Meeting is May 13, 2009. For details and grant application, visit:

Student Awards: Final Deadline Notification
2009 Michael L. Pollock Student Scholarship Award
Please click to review guidelines and submit your application and research project to ACSM no later than Friday, April 3, 2009.

2009 Steven M. Horvath Travel Award
Please click here to review details and submit your application to ACSM no later than Monday, April 13.

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Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines

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Tired of the Treadmill? Get Out and Play Instead
from Reuters
Tired of the same old exercise routine? Get out and play instead, suggests a fitness expert who spoke at the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) Annual Health and Fitness Summit in Atlanta. Play is "the perfect anecdote for when your exercise routine starts to feel like more of a chore than an activity of enjoyment," health scientist from Bethesda, Maryland, and ACSM faculty member Dr. Carol E. Torgan noted in a statement from the meeting. It's good for the body, mind and soul. More

Study: Breast Cancer Risk Diminished in Women Who Exercise Often
from Erie Times-News
A new study by University of South Carolina researchers indicates aerobically fit women are three times less likely to die of breast cancer than those who seldom exercise. The latest addition to the growing evidence on the benefits of aerobic exercise is reported in the April issue of the scientific journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. More

Study: Triathlons Can Pose Deadly Heart Risks
from Erie Times-News
Warning to weekend warriors: Swim-bike-run triathlons pose at least twice the risk of sudden death as marathons do, the first study of these competitions has found. The risk is mostly from heart problems during the swimming part. And while that risk is low — about 15 out of a million participants — it's not inconsequential, the study's author says. Triathlons are soaring in popularity, especially as charity fundraisers. They are drawing many people who are not used to such demanding exercise. Each year, about 1,000 of these events are held and several hundred thousand Americans try one. More

Female Athletes Head for Trouble
from ABC News
Concussions aren't just the NFL's problem; female athletes suffer too. More

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