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In this issue:

Active Voice: In Pursuit of What? Lessons from a Coaching Failure
ESSR App Available in Apple App Store
Policy Corner: Survey on Research; Federal Budget Update
Youth Sports Health & Safety in Focus this April
New Opportunity for Continuing Education Credits
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines
 
 

Editor's Note: The American College of Sports Medicine shares with the world the hope for peace and non-violence. With such senseless and sad acts as occurred yesterday with the bombing at the Boston Marathon, we once more join hands with the global community that is dedicated to making progress in protecting and expanding health and safety for all, rather than attacking it. Our thoughts go to all those directly affected by yesterday's violence, and to everyone indirectly affected as well, which includes us all. A better day awaits.



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Active Voice: In Pursuit of What? Lessons from a Coaching Failure
By Michael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Michael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM is the executive director of the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute and professor of pediatrics at Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota. Internationally recognized for his research and leadership in exercise-heat stress and youth athletic health, Dr. Bergeron is a Fellow and past trustee of the American College of Sports Medicine and is currently a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the International Olympic Committee postgraduate Diploma Program in Sports Medicine.

Prompted by the high-profile and widespread media attention to basketball coach Mike Rice’s documented, abusive conduct toward his players, reactions from students, parents, former student-athletes, the university administration, prominent professional athletes, other coaches and even the late-night talk show hosts ranged from shock, anger, and disgust to apologies and embarrassment. Collegiate coaches and the broader coaching community took strong exception to the videoed behavior, citing the actions as highly inappropriate and unacceptable. This speaks well for the many who are demonstrably dedicated to the coaching profession and the kids they teach. Unfortunately, problematic coaches and coaching are neither restricted to this incident nor limited to the collegiate ranks. Younger scholastic and youth community sports have their share of coaching problems too. Some might say it’s a result of a “win at all costs” attitude and expectation, tougher competition, inadequate coaching training and possibly personal internal and external pressures. Whatever the reason(s), this sort of behavior toward any athlete is inexcusable and should not be tolerated.

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ESSR App Available in Apple App Store

Dear American College of Sports Medicine Member:

I am pleased to announce that Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews is now available for download in the App Store! Downloading the app is free, and access to the full -text content is included in your membership. This app is an exciting development for Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews and I encourage you to download it today and send us your feedback.

Best regards,
Priscilla M. Clarkson, PhD, FACSM
Editor-in-Chief


Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews for the iPad delivers the full contents of each issue, enhanced with the convenience of iPad functionality. With this app, your Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews subscription goes wherever you go!

The Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews app optimizes the best in digital technology to enhance a print-like reading experience with article-sharing options, convenient navigation features, and more.
  • Easy-to-read, full-text articles that you can share via email or social media
  • Ability to store or delete downloaded issues
  • Resize text and images with “pinch and zoom”
  • Speedy issue-browsing capability
  • Quick scrolling through abstract summaries
  • Notification when a new issue is available
  • Link to acsm-essr.com to view supplemental content, browse the archives, and more
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Policy Corner: Survey on Research; Federal Budget Update

FASEB Survey
Do you believe research should be more about science and less about administration? The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), of which ACSM is an affiliate society, has developed a short online survey to collect feedback from the scientific community on how administrative burden affects investigators. You can access the survey here. Survey replies will be included as part of the Federation’s response to a National Science Board (NSB) request for information (RFI) on “Reducing Investigator’s Administrative Workload for Federally Funded Research.” Survey responses will not be attributed to individuals.

Click here to share the survey. You can also submit a response directly to the RFI if you would like to provide additional feedback to NSB. Questions about the FASEB survey can be directed to regulatoryburden@faseb.org.

Updates on Research Funding in 2014 U.S. Budget
The Obama administration has released the fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget. You can view a fact sheet about the budget here. It notes that the budget “maintains our world-leading commitment to science and research by increasing non-defense research and development investment by nine percent above the FY 2012 level.” The FY 2014 budget is posted at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget.

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Youth Sports Health & Safety in Focus this April

April is National Youth Sports Safety Month. This month presents an opportunity for parents, coaches and young athletes around the country to learn more about youth sports injury prevention. For youth sports tips throughout the month, you can follow the National Youth Sport Health & Safety Institute on Twitter (@YouthSportInst) and Facebook.

Check out the new issue of the ACSM Fit Society Page® supported by Liberty Mutual – and share the publication with your patients, clients, colleagues, family and friends. This issue discusses issues related to youth sports health and safety, including:
  • Concussion in Youth Sports
  • Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes
  • Youth Sports: Keeping Kids Safe in the Heat
  • Developing a Positive Youth Sports Culture
  • Athlete's Kitchen: Your Overweight Child: What's a Sports-parent to Do?
  • Q&A
The STOP Sports Injuries Campaign is planning a number of events to recognize National Youth Sports Health and Safety Month, including:
  • Two #SportsSafety tweet chats on April 10th and 24th
  • Presentations at the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Final Four
  • Nationwide events to help young athletes stay in the game
  • Social media contests throughout April

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New Opportunity for Continuing Education Credits

A new self-test is available on ACSM’s Online Learning Platform, worth four CECs. To take the test, log on to www.onlinelearning-acsm.org and select:

‘ACSM January-March 2013 Certified News Self-test’

Members: Don’t forget to enter the member discount code for $5 off the original price. If you need the member discount code, please email membership@acsm.org.

Stay tuned for more CEC opportunities coming soon.

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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.


Fitness After 65 Is No One-size-fits-all Endeavor
Chicago Tribune
America's aging population is posing special challenges, fitness experts say, because it is difficult to design effective workout routines for people with such a wide range of abilities. There are now more Americans age 65 and older than at any other time in U.S. history, according to Census Bureau figures. Some 40 million people age 65 and over lived in the United States in 2010, accounting for 13 percent of the total population. The older population grew from 3 million in 1900 to 40 million in 2010.
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Indy Tops 'Complete Streets' List
Inside Indiana Business
Indianapolis took a stand last year for streets that work for all our residents. Now that policy is being recognized by a national coalition of Complete Streets advocates. The National Complete Streets Coalition, based in Washington, D.C., helps towns and cities across the country design streets with all users in mind, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider or shopkeeper.
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Family Dumps Sugary Drinks, Ice Cream and Shapes Up
USA Today
In early January, Josh Moore, 40, and his wife, Tiffany, 37, of Battlement Mesa, Colo., decided they needed to break some bad eating and exercise habits.

The couple who have four children — Brooklyn, 11; Ryland, 8; Jocelyn, 5; and Coleman, 1 — were drinking soda and other sugary drinks every day, indulging in ice cream almost daily, eating a lot of processed foods and consuming too much fatty fast food and restaurant fare.

For the past three months, the Moores and five other families have been participating in USA TODAY's Family Fitness Challenge — an initiative to help people across the country get more active and lose weight.

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