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In this issue:

Active Voice: The Fittest Children Cycle for FUN
Message from Incoming President-Elect William Dexter, M.D., FACSM
Policy Corner: Help Get Physical Activity in Electronic Health Records
International Association for Worksite Health Promotion Offers Certificate Program
New Journal for Clinical Exercise Physiologists
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Active Voice: The Fittest Children Cycle for FUN
By Gavin Sandercock, Ph.D.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Dr. Gavin Sandercock is a lecturer in sports science at the University of Essex, UK. He is principal investigator in the East of England Healthy Hearts (EoEHH) Study, from which the data discussed in this commentary were taken. The EoEHH study now includes physical activity and fitness measures of nearly 10,000 10-to-16-year-olds. This commentary presents Dr. Sandercock’s views associated with the research article he and several colleagues published in the March 2012 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE).

The link between cycling to school (active transport) and children’s fitness is now well established but there is a surprising lack of comparable data regarding recreational cycling.

In our study recently reported in MSSE, we assessed the recreational cycling habits of 5,578 schoolchildren and grouped them according to their weekly recreational cycling frequency as: Non-cyclists, Occasional or Regular cyclists. We also assessed each child’s habitual physical activity patterns and measured their cardiorespiratory fitness using the 20m shuttle-run test. We classified each child as either fit or unfit depending on whether they met the FITNESSGRAM healthy fitness zone standards.

Message from Incoming President-Elect William Dexter, M.D., FACSM
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It is such an honor and privilege to be able to serve our College as President-elect. Over the next few years I am committed to working hard to enhance the research, educational and clinical base of our organization while continuing our leadership role in public policy and our national and international collaborative efforts.

We are so very fortunate to have an enormously talented and dedicated staff under the inspired leadership of our Executive VP/CEO Jim Whitehead. I look forward with great enthusiasm to working with them and serving you - I hope that you will join me in increasing our engagement with ACSM!

See you in San Francisco!

Editor’s note: Full election results were published in the April 10 edition of SMB.

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Policy Corner: Help Get Physical Activity in Electronic Health Records
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Many have noted that, consistent with the Exercise is Medicine® philosophy, physical activity should be considered a vital sign and routinely assessed and counseled in interactions between patients and health care professionals. Now, a request by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMMS) presents an opportunity to help that happen. ACSM has long worked to advise CMMS on appropriate policies regarding the role of physical activity and exercise in the clinical practice of medicine.

CMMS seeks comment by Monday, May 7, regarding Electronic Health Records (EHRs). All those who consider physical activity and exercise a vital sign are urged to review information on the comment process and draft language developed by ACSM and the American Heart Association. NOTE: It is most effective if you submit your own informed, concise comments based on your professional experience and insights.


International Association for Worksite Health Promotion Offers Certificate Program
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The International Association for Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP) in partnership with Human Kinetics recently launched a five hour, self-paced online certificate course. The IAWHP Online Certificate Course provides a road map for designing successful evidence-based health promotion programs in the workplace. The online course contains principles of best practice for scalable and sustainable worksite programs. This informative course is complemented by the text ACSM’s Worksite Health Handbook, second edition, which will serve as a valuable reference.

At the end of the course, participants will take an exam that tests knowledge and comprehension of the material. Successful completion of the exam earns a certificate from IAWHP. The cost is $199 for the course and ACSM’s Worksite Health Handbook, second edition, or $149 for the course only. To learn more or to begin taking the course, please visit www.humankinetics.com/iawhp.

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New Journal for Clinical Exercise Physiologists
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Clinical exercise physiologists are a profession of increasing prominence, served by a professional society created by and affiliated with ACSM. Practitioners now have the benefit of a new journal focused on the practice of their profession. The first issue of the Journal of Clinical Exercise Physiology (JCEP), an official publication of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA), was shipped to CEPA members in March 2012. JCEP will focus on topics of interest to the practicing clinical exercise physiologist. It will start as an annual publication and be composed of contemporary reviews (See table of contents of the inaugural issue, below.) JCEP is an important step for CEPA in fulfilling its purpose to advance the profession of clinical exercise physiology through education.

Subscription to JCEP is a benefit for CEPA members, who receive online access. A printed copy is shipped once a year to members residing in the United States. Non-member subscriptions to JCEP are also available through the CEPA website.

This year, a second shipment of the print copy provides an incentive to join CEPA. Join CEPA by April 30 to receive your copy in May. Visit www.cepa-acsm.org to learn about CEPA and JCEP.

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Exercise and Science 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.

Repetitive Stress Leads to Injuries in Student Athletes
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Whether young athletes are throwing, rowing, swimming or running, sports medicine experts have been warning for years against specializing in one sport and one position.

Orthopedic surgeons have been repairing blown-out shoulders, elbows, knees and ankles on a troubling number of athletes barely in their teens, and some youths have had to give up competing before they finish high school.

But now, a new report in the Journal of Athletic Training suggests injury from overdoing it in one sport continues into college athletics, particularly among women.

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Concern Raised Over Painkiller's Use in Sports
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When Mets pitcher R. A. Dickey partly tore the plantar fascia in his right foot last May, he turned to a treatment that in recent years has become a go-to elixir for professional baseball and football players: Toradol, an injectable anti-inflammatory drug.

“It certainly helped, especially in the first months after the injury,” said Dickey, who received injections in his buttocks before about 12 starts. “I don’t think it’s a panacea, but it helps you get where you have to go.”

But some medical experts are concerned about the ways sports teams are using Toradol because so little is known about its possible long-term effects on athletes.

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HPESS Students to Raise Money for March of Dimes
The Herald (Arkansas State University)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
ASU’s Health, Physical Education and Sport Sciences Department along with the senior exercise science majors will be hosting Run with the Pack on April 21 to raise awareness of exercise in conjunction with raising donations for the March of Dimes.

Exercise is Medicine is a nonprofit initiative launched by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Association. EIM calls for physical activity and exercise to be a standard part of disease prevention and medical treatment.

“Exercise is more than prevention of diseases, it is also focusing on the internal benefits of physical activity and how these can also benefit and contribute to the longevity and quality of life,” said Stasha Seirs, a senior exercise science major from St. Louis, Mo.

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