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Sports Medicine Bulletin
May 19, 2009  
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ACSM to Call for National Policy Adoption for Concussion in Youth Sports

Richard Adler, President BIA-WA; Washington Governor Christine Gregoire; Dr Stan Herring, Chair, ACSM Clinical Sports Medicine Leadership; Victor Lystedt (Dad); Mercedes Lystedt (Mom); Washington State Representative Jay Rodne, Sponsor of #1824 (Lystedt Law). Middle: Zackery Lystedt
Washington Governor Christine Gregoire signed into law House Bill 1824, also know as the Zackery Lystedt Law, last Thursday. The legislation prohibits youth athletes suspected of sustaining a concussion from returning to play without a licensed health care provider’s approval, and is noted as the most comprehensive return-to-play law in the United States for athletes under 18. During ACSM’s Annual Meeting in Seattle, the College will announce a national call-to-action in recognition of this state legislation. At its core, the call-to-action will support building a national mandate that young athletes suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in practice or games be removed from competition until examined or cleared by a medical professional. For more information on the Lystedt Law, please visit ACSM’s news conference on concussion will be Wednesday, May 27 at 2:30 p.m., Room 210 of the Washington State Convention Center.

An Interview with ACSM President, Mindy Millard-Stafford, Ph.D., FACSM
Reflecting on her term as ACSM President, Mindy Millard-Stafford, Ph.D., FACSM says she has most appreciated getting to know more individual members of ACSM, as well as working with the dedicated ACSM Board of Trustees and staff. In this special Q&A, we learn more from our outgoing ACSM leader by learning more about her. Here we explore her process and find out more about life away from the classroom, the lab, and the “ACSM road.” More

Alaska Regional Chapter Annual Meeting, July 8-11
Registration is now open for the Alaska ACSM Regional Chapter's Annual Meeting to be held in beautiful Sitka, Alaska on July 8-11, 2009. The program will focus on "The Science & Passion of Running," with world-class presentations by former ACSM Presidents Russ Pate, PhD, FACSM and Doug McKeag, MD, FACSM along with Sam Case, PhD, FACSM Dennis Bramble, PhD and GSSI-sponsored nutritionist Leslie Bonci, MPH, RD, LDN.

Each year, the Alaska Chapter provides world-class exercise science and sports medicine education in a world-class setting. The meeting consists of first-rate educational sessions, impressive speakers, networking opportunities, and outdoor adventures.

Alaska Airlines serves Sitka via Seattle and connecting cities across the United States and is now offering summer airfare specials. Visit the Alaska Chapter website for more information.

ACSM Video History Project to Debut at Annual Meeting
Annual meeting attendees will have the chance to preview a new initiative to document ACSM’s rich history. The ACSM’s Distinguished Leaders in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science video archiving project will debut in Seattle. Spearheaded by ACSM Historian Jack Berryman, Ph.D., the project presents the voices of college legends as they recount their career highlights and how the ACSM has influenced their work. More

At the Annual Business Meeting, the ACSM Board of Trustees will recommend one Constitutional Amendment to the Fellows. The amendment has been endorsed by the Board is recommended to the Fellows for approval at the Annual Business Meeting in Seattle . For more information, click here.

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Preconference Sessions Free to Annual Meeting Registrants
Current Controversies and Questions in Sport Nutrition
Presented by Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport (PINES)
Tuesday, May 26
1:30 - 4:30 pm
Sheraton Seattle, Metropolitan A
This preconference will provide an industry-independent, evidence-based synthesis on the effects of protein in sports drinks on athletic performance. Experts in the field will also answer questions about current topics in sport nutrition in a discussion format that allows for a lively interaction and exchange among respondents and the audience. The session will provide a networking opportunity among professionals and students interested in nutrition for exercise and sport.

Networking and Advocacy for Physical Activity and Health around the World
Presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Tuesday, May 26
3:30 - 6:30 pm
Sheraton Seattle, Metropolitan B
Explore the role of regional, national and global networks in advocating physical activity. Discuss the benefits and challenges of working with both national and international networks. Learn from network representatives through both presentations and panel discussions with question and answer time.

Spirit and Success in Motion: A Celebration of Sports and Life Achievement of People with Disabilities
Special Presenter Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee
Tuesday, May 26
5:00 - 6:15 pm
Sheraton Seattle, Willow
Featuring the President of the International Paralympic Committee, Sir Philip Craven, and Dr. Jim Rimmer, Director of the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability, the human spirit will be celebrated in this preconference. Elite sport for persons with a physical impairment will be the topic of the evening with Sir Philip providing his insight as both a world class athlete and holder of the highest office within the Paralympic Movement. Dr. Rimmer will be discussing the grass roots approach within the United States to get more people with a physical impairment more physically active. Sir Philip and Dr. Rimmer will be joined by ACSM President Dr. Mindy Millard-Stafford and International Paralympic Committee Sports Science Committee member Dr. Walt Thompson and a Paralympic athlete.

“Bicycling for Ovarian Cancer” Now Underway on Course Around Perimeter of U.S.
A 9,000-mile trek around the perimeter of United States to raise money to cure ovarian cancer is now underway. The cyclist, Craig Broeder, Ph.D., is an exercise physiologist and Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) who is dedicating his ride to help fund research and build awareness about ovarian cancer. Broeder, 54, began his cycling journey May 15 in Austin, Texas. His three-month trip, projected to end back in Austin on Aug. 15, will take him through some of the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, including New York City and Los Angeles. More

ACSM Launches the Activity and Health Policy Network
The American College of Sports Medicine invites you to join us in launching the Activity and Health Policy Network (AHPN). The Activity and Health Policy Network (AHPN) is an organizational partnership devoted to advancing public policy on physical activity and reducing physical inactivity. More

Top Accuracy, Low Cost Metabolic System
The AEI Technologies MAX-IIa is now available! Powerful, compact version of the research grade MAX-II Metabolic Cart System for exercise testing and measuring resting metabolic rate. ACSM Conference Booth 416. More

Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines

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Exercise has Benefits for Cancer Patients
from The Patriot Ledger
Dr. Jennifer Ligibel, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, has done extensive research on exercise and breast cancer. Ligibel, who joined the Women’s Cancer Program at Dana-Farber in 2001, said there have been many studies on the potential benefits of exercise for those going through treatment and those who have completed treatment. “The studies look at a number of different types of exercise in cancer patients,” Ligibel says. More

10 Health Habits that Will Help You Live to 100
from the U.S. News & World Report via The Baltimore Sun
The biggest factor that determines how well you age is not your genes but how well you live. Not convinced? A new study published in the British Medical Journal of 20,000 British folks shows that you can cut your risk of having a stroke in half by doing the following four things: being active for 30 minutes a day, eating five daily servings of fruit and vegetables, and avoiding cigarettes and excess alcohol. More

Despite Medical Advances, Recovery from Injuries Takes Time
from The Buffalo News
You fall off your bike and break your collarbone, and your doctor tells you to stay off the bike for six to eight weeks. Lance Armstrong falls and breaks his collarbone in multiple places, and he’s back in the saddle in a couple of weeks. More

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