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In this issue:

Active Voice: Counting Head Impacts in Football
ACSM 2013 Election Results
Policy Corner: Don’t Miss Wellness Impact Report; Support Research Funding
Deadline Approaching: Nominations for 2014 Honor and Citation Awards
Tune In: “Age of Champions Documentary” on PBS
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines
 
 


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Active Voice: Counting Head Impacts in Football
By Steven P. Broglio, PhD, ATC, and Douglas Martini, MS
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Dr. Broglio, an ACSM member, is on the faculty in the school of kinesiology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a member of Michigan NeuroSport and directs the NeuroTrauma Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan. His research interest lies in sport concussion with investigations on the acute and chronic effects of injury and impact biomechanics.

Mr. Martini, also an ACSM member, is a graduate research assistant in the school of kinesiology at the University of Michigan. His research has centered on impact biomechanics in sport and the chronic effects of concussion on motor control.

This commentary presents Dr. Broglio’s and Mr. Martini’s views on the topic of a research article which they and their colleagues published in the April 2013 issue of
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise®.

Recent media reports have focused on the acute and chronic effects of concussion with significant attention devoted to non-causal case studies suggesting that multiple concussions and/or sub-concussive impacts (i.e., head impacts that do not result in concussion) may predispose some individuals to neurodegenerative disease referred to as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Although the science is lagging behind, administrative and research groups have suggested monitoring and limiting head impacts in those sports that place the athletes at high risk for concussion.

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ACSM 2013 Election Results

ACSM congratulates newly elected officers and trustees, who will begin their duties at the Board meeting that concludes the 2013 ACSM Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine™, May 28-June 1 in Indianapolis. Click here to meet your new leadership.
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Policy Corner: Don't Miss Wellness Impact Report; Support Research Funding

The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Success Through Healthy School Environments
ACSM and several other organizations released a breakthrough report late last month regarding children’s nutrition and academic success. The report, titled “The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Success Through Healthy School Environments,” reinforces the relationship between quality nutrition, physical activity and academic performance. The report was released by the GENYOUth Foundation, National Dairy Council (NDC), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the American School Health Association (ASHA).

Research shows that regular access to better nutrition — starting with breakfast — coupled with increased opportunities for physical activity may help students reach their potential throughout the school year, which may lead to better performance at testing time and beyond. Read the full report here.

NIH Funding Needs Support
The National Institute for Health, (NIH) funds important research related to physical activity and public health that is important to our colleagues in research as well as our daily lives. Representative Ed Markey and his colleague Representative David McKinley have extended the deadline to sign on to their letter to the Appropriations Committee requesting at least $32 billion for NIH for the 2014 fiscal year. Has your representative signed on yet? If not, please encourage your representative to sign. TODAY (April 9) is the deadline for signatures, so act fast to support the research that fuels our field. Click here to send an email to your Representative using the updated Capwiz form/letter.

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Deadline Approaching: Nominations for 2014 Honor and Citation Awards

The Honor & Citation Awards are two of ACSM's most prestigious awards. Both awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of sports medicine and/or exercise science, and award winners are recognized at the ACSM Annual Meeting.

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 nominations instructions, click here. ACSM encourages diverse, inclusive nominations that showcase the remarkably broad scope and range of our professional membership.

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Tune In: "Age of Champions" Documentary on PBS

Make sure to check out PBS’s new documentary, “Age of Champions”, which is the story of five competitors who sprint, leap and swim for gold at the National Senior Olympics. “Age of Champions” tells a positive story about older adults who defy expectations about aging and continue to live life to its fullest. To view a 10-minute clip of the documentary, please click here.
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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.


Get Active on World Physical Activity Day
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Sports Cardiologist Dr. John Higgins offers tips to help people jumpstart an exercise program and fight obesity.
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Even Light Exercise May Improve Thinking in Older Adults?
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Even minimal exercise of the body and mind may improve cognitive function in older adults, a new study suggests. The findings suggest that for some older adults, light physical activities such as stretching and toning, as well as watching DVDs, may help with cognitive function, the researchers said.
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