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Sports Medicine Bulletin
May 12, 2009  
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ACSM Closes NASDAQ: A Historic Moment of Recognition for ACSM’s Dedication to Physical Activity

ACSM President, Mindy Millard-Stafford, Ph.D., FACSM led a delegation of ACSM members in ringing the closing bell of the NASDAQ in New York City on Wednesday, May 6. This distinctive event shone an international spotlight on ACSM in many ways, most prominently by offering a worldwide stage to proclaim and promote ACSM’s message on the health benefits of physical activity and exercise. Gary I. Wadler, M.D., FACSM; Felicia Stoler, DCN, R.D., FACSM, and Tim Calvert, Chief Operating Officer, also represented ACSM at the bell closing ceremony. Peter Castellano and Patricia Quan from the Greater New York Chapter of ACSM also attended the event. Click here to watch a video featuring expansive remarks on ACSM’s leadership in public health from NASDAQ Vice President, David Wicks. The video also features President Millard-Stafford’s commentary on ACSM and our organizational commitment to improving health in order to contribute to stronger economies and countries worldwide.

"EXERCISE IS MEDICINE ON CAMPUS" Launches with National Call-to-Action
A national program focused on connecting health care providers and the public on the benefits of physical activity is now infiltrating college campuses nationwide. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) on Friday announced "Exercise is Medicine™ On Campus," a program to address and expand exercise and physical activity in the unique university and college environment. More

ACSM Members Rally to Support Exercise is Medicine Month
ACSM is pleased to announce that dozens of governors and mayors across the country proclaimed May as Exercise is Medicine™ month in their state or city. These proclamations are symbols of emphasis on the health benefits of physical activity and the importance of an interaction between the public and their health care providers on their own health and wellness. More

Governor of Georgia Signs Proclamation for Exercise is Medicine Month
Atlanta, May 5, 2009 –Governor Sonny Perdue signed a proclamation today recognizing May as Exercise is Medicine Month in Georgia. “Exercise is Medicine Month highlights the importance of physical activity as an integral part of maintaining overall wellbeing,” said Governor Perdue. “I am proud to sign the proclamation that encourages all citizens to participate in activities and observances relating to Exercise is Medicine Month, especially as it is supported by a local organization, The Coca-Cola Company.” L-R: Sonya Soutus, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications, Coca-Cola North America; Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue; Rhona Applebaum, Chief Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Officer, Coca-Cola North America.

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Attend Regional Chapter Socials at ACSM’s Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 28, Sheraton Seattle, 8:00-9:30pm
ACSM's 12 Regional Chapters offer unique opportunities for members to interact more directly and frequently with fellow sports medicine and exercise science professionals. Attend a chapter social event to reconnect with old friends or to learn more about the regional chapter in your area. (Note: Not all chapters will be hosting events.) For the location of Regional Chapter socials, click here.

Save The Date: ACSM to Launch Activity & Policy Network at ACSM Annual Meeting
On Thursday, May 28, ACSM will formally launch The Activity and Health Policy Network (AHPN), an organizational partnership devoted to advancing public policy on physical activity and reducing physical inactivity. AHPN grew out of a groundbreaking policy conference convened by the American College of Sports Medicine in Washington, D.C. in April 2006. Representatives from more than 40 organizations articulated a call to action, citing six key policy initiatives. The executive summary may be viewed here as a PDF file. Learn more about the Network’s objective, get involved, and join us for this special event at the 56th Annual Meeting in Seattle.

  • Date: Thursday, May 28, 2009
  • Time: 3:15pm
  • Room: 607
  • Who: Russell Pate, Ph.D., FACSM
    Chair of Activity and Health Policy Network
    Jim Whitehead, Executive Vice President, ACSM

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Last week's issue of SMB was published with technical issues involving links. The publisher of SMB apologizes for the inconvenience and wishes to rerun the following news items. For the full version of the May 5, 2009 issue, please click here.

Enhanced Literature Review Service from ACSM
ACSM members, you’ve told us that two of your biggest challenges are staying up-to-date with current literature and reducing information overload. ACSM InfoSearch is a literature update service designed to address both of those challenges and serve you better in your ACSM membership. More

Be Active Your Way! Participate in the 2009 National President’s Challenge
The National President’s Challenge (NPC) kicked off May 1, in celebration of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Anyone aged 6 and older is invited and encouraged to participate in this free program. Materials to help spread the word to your community, colleagues, family, and friends are available from the NPC homepage at (click on the Partner or Media Kits). Register between now and May 29th and start logging your physical activity. The NPC ends on July 24th. Participants are encouraged to continue to be active and to work towards other President’s Challenge awards long after July 24th. Get moving and encourage your friends and colleagues to get moving today! Sign-up at

Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines

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Do Sports Creams Rub the Pain Away?
from The New York Times
Carolyn Lumber, a 56-year-old retired tennis pro, experimented with different over-the-counter sports creams for more than five years in the hope that one might ease the pain she had suffered since having knee-replacement surgery. Nothing worked until Ms. Lumber, who lives in Portland, Ore., started using a prescription product along with the over-the-counter pain-relieving cream ALCiS. More

Too Much Sitting May Outweigh Exercise Benefits
from San Francisco Chronicle
By now everyone knows they should do 30 minutes or more of moderate to vigorous exercise a day to stay healthy. But are people who exercise as much as an hour or more moving enough throughout the day? Maybe not, according to a new study that took an interesting angle on sedentary behavior. Researchers wondered if a connection existed between sitting for long periods of time and mortality, and discovered there was - even for people who engaged in leisure-time activity. More

News on Androgen Abuse, But Not Just Affecting Athletes

Manny Ramirez recently negotiated a 2-year $45 million contract to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but has now been suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance. Major League Baseball implemented a drug prevention and treatment program a few years ago that includes player monitoring and penalties when positive tests occur – often the agents are androgenic substances. Ramirez is the latest high profile player to be suspended. Availability and use of illicit androgens in sport, particularly in youth, has been an important concern in the sports medicine community for many years. However, a new commentary on by Bodo C. Melnik in Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Obesity on androgen abuse in the community suggests that many more young people may be affected than those involved in sports. Melnik explores the scope of the problem and forecasts increased prevalence of major diseases such as atherosclerosis and cancer in the future that may turn out to be linked to long-term use of these agents. ACSM has been among the leading organizations to fostering research exchange, advocate legislative action, and promote public education to help mitigate this problem.

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