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Sports Medicine Bulletin
April 14, 2009  
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"Exercise is Medicine™ On Campus" to Launch at Chatham University, May 8, 2009
Exercise is Medicine (EIM) will soon announce another national program component, focused on promoting the physical activity and health to students and faculty on campuses nationwide. “Exercise is Medicine On Campus” will launch May 8, 2009 at Chatham University near Pittsburgh in order to:

  • Provide universities with an opportunity to learn what other universities are doing to promote physical activity and its health benefits on their campus.
  • Introduce EIM to universities and provide them with an opportunity to become among the first educational institutions to make a commitment supporting EIM.
  • Provide universities with an opportunity to collaborate in supporting EIM on their campuses and in their local communities.
  • Open a dialog between universities and public health officials on lifelong physical activity and EIM.
To attend the launch at Chatham, click here.

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

“Pro Athlete Check-Up Summit” to Launch New Initiative on Health of Retired Pro Athletes
Tuesday, April 21, 2009, Palm Springs, Calif.
The first ever Pro Athlete Check-Up Summit takes place next week, Tuesday, April 21, 2009 in Palm Springs, Calif., where ACSM will launch a new initiative to address issues related to the care and treatment of retired professional athletes. At the Summit, ACSM, along with two organizations, Sports Development Corporation and Team Principles, will co-host an elite gathering of physicians, trainers, therapists, sports industry leaders and concerned sports fans to investigate the post-play health-related issues of these athletes. Presentations by Dr. Robert Cantu (head injuries) and Dr. Ed McFarland (musculoskeletal issues) will headline discussion on their unique medical and musculoskeletal problems. Stay tuned to SMB for more information on this new initiative in ACSM clinical sports medicine leadership. More

Get Ready to Celebrate: Exercise is Medicine Month is May 2009
May 2009 is Exercise is Medicine™ month, a time to recognize, emphasize and celebrate the valuable health benefits of exercise on a national scale. Many states have already officially recognized Exercise is Medicine month for 2009, as well as a number of cities, including:

Minot, North Dakota
New Jersey
Shreveport, Louisiana
South Dakota

We need your help to build awareness of the important principles of Exercise is Medicine. 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.

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In Memoriam: Marco E. Cabrera, Ph.D., FACSM
ACSM was saddened to learn that a 20-year member and Fellow, Dr. Marco Cabrera, Case Western Reserve University, passed away in February. Dr. Cabrera attended every ACSM Annual Meeting since 1990, and served the College on committees, including the Strategic Health Initiative on Pediatrics and Interest Group Forums. For more information on Dr. Cabrera, please click here.

Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines

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Exercise Training May Provide Some Benefit for Patients With Heart Failure
from Newswise
Aerobic exercise training appears safe for patients with heart failure and was associated with a modest reduction in the risk of death and hospitalization, with some improvement in quality of life, according to two articles in the April 8 issue of JAMA. Heart failure is a major and increasingly common cardiovascular syndrome, and is the end result of many cardiovascular disorders. In the United States, an estimated 5 million patients have heart failure and an additional 500,000 new cases are diagnosed annually. More

“Brown Fat" Burns Calories -- May Lead to New Obesity Treatments
from CNN
What if you had a special kind of fat in your body that burned calories instead of storing them -- and it could be activated simply by spending time in the cold? According to three preliminary studies published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, you probably do. Brown adipose tissue (called brown fat) helps babies, young children, and other small mammals stay warm by burning calories when activated by low temperatures. Scientists have been skeptical that adults retain significant amounts of brown fat on their bodies. But the new research shows that many of us -- perhaps even most -- do. More

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