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In this issue:

Active Voice: The Sneakers in the Closet
Meet Your 2014-2015 Officers & Trustees
Policy Corner: Top Appropriators Coordinating on Spending Bills to Speed Enactment
Nominations for 2015 ACSM Honor and Citation Awards
New Issue of Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews Online
Neuromuscular Performance Study Wins 2014 ACSM-AMSSM Clinical Research Grant
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines


Active Voice: The Sneakers in the Closet
By Phillip B. Sparling, Ed.D., FACSM
Phillip B. Sparling, Ed.D., FACSM, is a professor emeritus of applied physiology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. As an exercise physiologist and behavioral scientist, he continues to work on projects that enable individuals and communities to adopt lifestyle behaviors that prevent and control chronic diseases. Although advances in sports medicine and physical activity are based on sound science, he reminds us that some benefits of an active lifestyle are not easily quantified.

I was in the basement going through our cedar chest hoping to locate some obscure document related to family history. Under the photo albums, I discovered a baseball glove, a junior high football jersey and a pair of kangaroo-hide track spikes. Unexpectedly, I found old friends.

The old baseball glove was dry but not disintegrating; an oiling will give it new life. The colors of the neatly folded black-and-gold jersey were barely faded. The track shoes also had aged well, a white pair with three black stripes and interchangeable spikes. I'd forgotten how light and sleek they were. Handling these boyhood relics triggered fond memories.

As kids growing up in Columbus, Ohio, we were continually on the move. We rode our bikes or walked to school, with side trips to climb a tree or scale a stone wall. In grade school, the popular games during recess were four-square and kickball. We'd rotate in and out. Although the most athletic dominated, everyone got to play. It was pure fun.

After school, in the fall, we'd play our rendition of tackle football in a friend's small, but flat, backyard. No pads, helmets or hard hits. With three or four kids on a side, it was all about the excitement of running, throwing and catching a pint-size pigskin. We'd pretend to be Johnny Unitas or Jim Brown. The chief risk was a lone mulberry tree in the far left corner. The stains from the berries were the devil to get out.

On spring weekends and through the summer, we gathered in a neighborhood park, toting baseball gloves and bats. On an improvised baseball diamond in a grove of hardwoods, we played a sandlot version of the national pastime called "workup," where fielders worked their way up to bat. It could be played with only eight or nine kids. No teams, no parents, no umpires.

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Meet Your 2014-2015 Officers & Trustees

ACSM congratulates newly elected officers and trustees, who will begin their duties at the Board meeting that concludes ACSM's 61st Annual Meeting, 5th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on the Role of Inflammation in Exercise, Health and Disease, May 27-May 31 in Orlando. Click here to meet your new leadership.
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Policy Corner: Top Appropriators Coordinating on Spending Bills to Speed Enactment

Research funding is at stake as the White House and Congress wrangle over the federal budget for FY2015. Tamar Hallerman of CQ Roll Call provides an update of the latest news from Washington.

Top House and Senate appropriators are coordinating on moving fiscal 2015 spending bills to allow them to quickly go to conference and improve their chances of becoming law in a midterm election year with a tight legislative calendar.

Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., "and I are trying to sort of go along the same path so that we can conference these bills as we go," said House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky.

Rogers said there is not enough time for both chambers to pass all of the 12 annual appropriations bills and then hold one large House-Senate conference.

"If you conference as you go, it just so happens that they usually get bunched up," he said. "But that's regular order. That's the way it was done when I came along. That's what I want to get back to and that's the way to do business."

Rogers said he aims to have all 12 appropriations bill through the full committee by July 4. He also noted that this week's subcommittee markups of the Military Construction-VA and Legislative Branch bills are the earliest markups of any appropriations bills since 1974.

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Nominations for 2015 ACSM Honor and Citation Awards

The Awards and Tributes Committee is accepting nominations for the 2015 Honor and Citation awards. The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2014. For criteria and nomination process visit:
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New Issue of Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews Online

The April 2014 issue of Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews is available online now! Articles include:
  • Commentary "Adding Depth to the Next Generation of Physical Activity Models" and covered article "An Integrated Behavior Change Model for Physical Activity"
  • "Restoring Symmetry: Clinical Applications of Cross-Education"
  • "The Simplest Motor Skill: Mechanisms and Applications of Reflex Operant Conditioning"
Make sure to download the Journal Club questions and covered article, "Fiber Typing in Aging Muscle" by authors Fennigje M. Purves-Smith, Nicolas Sgarioto, and Russell T. Hepple.

*Access to the journal varies by member type. ACSM Professional members must login at the ACSM Web site and then click on the "Access My Journals" link.

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Neuromuscular Performance Study Wins 2014 ACSM-AMSSM Clinical Research Grant

Daniel Herman, M.D., Ph.D., is the recipient of the 2014 ACSM Foundation-AMSSM Foundation Clinical Research Grant for his research titled "Assessment of Neuromuscular Performance Deficits and Recovery after Concussion: Implications for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Risk." While recent studies suggest that poor neurocognitive performance associated with a concussion may increase the risk of musculoskeletal injury, the magnitude and duration of impaired neuromuscular performance is unknown. Dr. Herman will study how these two factors affect musculoskeletal injury risk in athletes after return to play, with the overall objective of enhancing injury prevention and rehabilitation.

In the grant program's second year, a joint committee, comprised of members from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM), selected Dr. Herman's proposal to receive a $20,000 award. The primary purpose of the program is to foster original scientific investigations and secondarily, to advance the development of the principal investigator's research education by requiring that a portion of the funds to be applied to meet this goal.

Dr. Herman is an assistant professor of the divisions of physical medicine and rehabilitation, sports medicine and research in the department of orthopaedics and rehabilitation at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla.

The review committee sought research proposals that investigate research questions within the broad discipline of sports medicine. The criteria required proposals to be led by physicians who are members of both ACSM and AMSSM.

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Older Runners Prove That Slowing Down a Little Isn't Anything Like Stopping
Gunhild Swanson first thought about running during a conditioning class at the YWCA when she was 34. It was 1977, the year of the first Bloomsday run, and the class instructor was talking to some ladies in the class about the race and the then-new concept of jogging. At the end of class, anyone who wanted to try it out could stay to run laps around the gym.

Swanson still remembers clearly that it took six weeks before she could run the full 24 laps without walking. And she remembers it with a laugh, because that following year she ran her first Bloomsday and several years later ran her first marathon. This spring, at age 69, she's running her 250th marathon.

"It was love at first step, I would say," she says. "And I just haven't stopped since."

It's clear that time is not kind to runners. Joints can wear out, muscle mass declines and every runner inevitably gets slower. But many aging runners, like Swanson, have found that a slower pace doesn't mean leaving racing behind.

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Taking Steps Toward a Healthier World
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Millions of Americans have recently signed up for health insurance, while a vigorous national dialogue continues about how to get access for all to top-quality health care, and how to afford it. The World Day for Physical Activity — Sunday, April 6 — reminds us of one way we can all improve our health with minimal cost and an array of co-benefits.

World Physical Activity Day is organized by the Agita Mundo Network headquartered in South America, but we in the Northern Hemisphere have special reason to celebrate. After what seemed an interminable winter, spring is returning, bringing hints of green, longer days and a bountiful set of options for healthy, active lives.

Walking (or rolling, for those using wheelchairs, strollers or skates) is the most universal form of physical activity. No special equipment or umpires needed; just head outside and get in some steps while you note how spring is brightening your neighborhood. The Every Body Walk! Collaborative, becoming a nationwide phenomenon (, embodies the universality and joy of walking. Its goal, put simply, is to encourage walking and walkability.

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