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In this issue:

Active Voice: Does Return to Activity after Concussion Impact Recovery of Gait Stability?
ACSM Annual Meeting Begins Next Tuesday: See You in San Diego
Washington, DC tops American Fitness Index for Second Consecutive Year
ACSM is Now Accepting 2016 Annual Meeting Program Submissions
Technogym Renews Partnership with the American College of Sports Medicine to
  Expand Exercise is Medicine® Internationally
Register Now for 4th Annual Comprehensive Sports Medicine Update and Board Review
Register to Attend Rathbone Memorial Breakfast
ACSM in the News: Stories Making Headlines


Active Voice: Does Return to Activity after Concussion Impact Recovery of Gait Stability?
By Li-Shan Chou, Ph.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Li-Shan Chou, Ph.D., is a professor and department head in the Department of Human Physiology at the University of Oregon. He directs the Motion Analysis Laboratory, and his research falls under general areas related to biomechanics and motor control of human movement, with focuses on the investigation of mobility impairments associated with ageing, musculoskeletal diseases or injuries and traumatic brain injury.

This commentary presents Dr. Chou’s views on the topic of a research article which he and his colleagues published in the April 2015 issue of
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE).

The relative re-injury risk for individuals who have sustained a concussion has been reported to be almost six times greater than those with no history of concussion. However, the factors, which contribute to this increased risk, are not clearly understood. Hence, the clinical decision of when to allow individuals to return to pre-injury levels of activity remains among the most difficult decisions in sports medicine.
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ACSM Annual Meeting Begins Next Tuesday: See You in San Diego
ACSM's 62nd Annual Meeting, Sixth World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise Fatigue kick off next week in sunny San Diego. The program committee has assembled an extraordinary schedule of clinical and original science sessions. Many social and networking events are also scheduled during the meeting. Online registration is now closed, but on-site registration will begin at 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 26 at the San Diego Convention Center. If you can't join us at the meeting, follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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Washington, DC, tops American Fitness Index for Second Consecutive Year
ACSM announced its eighth annual American Fitness Index (AFI) rankings today. Washington, DC, sits atop the rankings for the second year in a row. View the rankings and individual metro data here or in the chart below.

With funding from the Anthem Foundation, ACSM studies Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) using a composite score to measure the health of each MSA. Access to public parks was added as a new measure in 2015, and the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metro area topped the list for the second consecutive year with a score of 79.6 out of 100 possible points, a two-point improvement over 2014.

Last year, ACSM also released its first series of AFI data trend reports, recapping and documenting progress during a five-year period for each metro area. You can learn more about community health data trends in a given area by going here.

Because physical inactivity has become an epidemic in the U.S., ACSM encourages Americans to exercise for at least 30 minutes and participate in 10 minutes of stretching and light muscle training five days a week. Modeling healthy behavior by reducing sedentary time, incorporating activity into the weekday schedule, joining walking clubs, setting goals and involving family and friends can improve fitness, reduce the risk of chronic disease and enhance quality of life.

At the community level, the AFI data report can be used as an assessment and evaluation tool to educate community leaders on the importance of key indicators of physical activity. Leaders can then focus on policy, systems, and environmental change (PSE) strategies that are evidence-based and create sustainability for the community.

ACSM is a global leader in promoting the benefits of physical activity and advocates for legislation that helps government and the health community make it a priority. ACSM encourages Congress to support continued funding of parks, trails and safe routes to school, as well as the need for all Americans to meet the prescribed physical activity recommendations included in the National Physical Activity Guidelines, and the need for the guidelines to be regularly updated every 10 years. For more information, please visit

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ACSM is Now Accepting 2016 Annual Meeting Program Submissions
ACSM is now accepting program submissions for the 2016 Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass. The deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, June 22 at 11:59 PDT. View the proposal packet for more details. Completed proposals may be submitted here.
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Technogym Renews Partnership with the American College of Sports Medicine to Expand Exercise is Medicine® Internationally
Technogym, a world-leading company supplying products, services and solutions in wellness and fitness, today announced the renewal of its long-standing partnership with the American College of Sports Medicine and the Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) initiative through 2017. Launched in 2007, the EIM initiative is a global, multidimensional initiative to make physical activity a key part of disease prevention and treatment in the United States and other international health care systems.

Since 2010, Technogym and ACSM have partnered in the EIM initiative to encourage primary care physicians and other health care providers to include exercise when designing treatment plans for patients. EIM is committed to the belief that exercise and physical activity are integral to the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, and promotes the connection between health care providers, fitness professionals and the general public within the full health care spectrum. As a result of this ongoing partnership, Technogym has helped EIM expand to 43 countries. In the United States, EIM has now been implemented in more than 200 health care sites in seven markets by nearly 10,000 physicians, reaching more than two million participants.

Technogym has long been a proponent of public health and awareness programs, such as its own Let's Move for a Better World campaign to fight childhood obesity, as well as its existing partnerships with major health organizations in the United States and elsewhere around the world. Technogym continues to work with the EIM initiative to expand the program's reach even further internationally.

Technogym will be participating in ACSM's 6th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® at ACSM's Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA from May 26 to 30, 2015 at Booth #415. Technogym's major focus at the show is to demonstrate how Technogym's Wellness Lifestyle Customer Relationship Management can help hospitals and health care centers prescribe fitness regimens and goals to their patients and monitor their progress and milestones throughout their treatment programs.

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Register Now for 4th Annual Comprehensive Sports Medicine Update and Board Review
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Register to Attend Rathbone Memorial Breakfast
A few spots are still available at the Josephine L. Rathbone Memorial Breakfast honoring the accomplishments of women in the American College of Sports Medicine. The breakfast is just one of the many wonderful happenings taking place in conjunction with ACSM's 62nd Annual Meeting in San Diego. The Rathbone Breakfast will be held Thursday, May 28, from 6:00 to 7:15 a.m. at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in room Indigo A. This year's event will feature remarks by Barbara E. Ainsworth, PhD, MPH, FACSM, of Arizona State University.

The Rathbone Breakfast has always been one of the meeting’s most popular events. There is no cost to attend, but you MUST have a ticket to attend the breakfast as space is limited. Please note: you must still pick up your ticket at the breakfast counter at registration. Tickets will be collected at the breakfast, and you must have your ticket with you at that time.

Click here to register. See you in San Diego!

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In what city and state was the Founding Meeting of ACSM held?

A. Indianapolis, Indiana
B. Addison, Wisconsin
C. New York, New York
D. Atlantic City, New Jersey

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Expectant Mothers' Lifestyle May Influence Child's Later Weight
HealthDay News via WDAM-TV
Children whose mothers had poor health habits during pregnancy are at increased risk for obesity, a new study suggests.

Researchers looked at more than 5,100 children in Greece and found that they were much more likely to be obese at age 8 if their mother gained more than the recommended amount of weight, did not exercise enough, or smoked during pregnancy.

On the positive side, the investigators also found that moderate exercise during pregnancy was linked to a reduced risk of childhood obesity.

Although the study found an association between a mother's lifestyle habits and her child's later weight, the study was not designed to prove whether or not an expectant mother's behavior is a direct cause of a child's excess weight.

The study was published online recently in the journal BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth.

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Get Moving and Go Gardening
The Des Moines Register
Mother's Day has come and gone, which means we Iowans officially have the green light to begin planting and cultivating luscious backyard gardens.

Gardening is a popular pastime, not only because one can reap the benefit of a bountiful harvest, but also because the physical act of gardening provides substantial health benefits. No matter if you're a master gardener with acres of land to adorn or an urban dweller with only a small collection of clay pots to fill, you will without a doubt break a sweat digging, raking, lifting and bending as you plant pretty perennials and annuals to enjoy.

Gardener and former Executive Editor of Better Homes and Gardens Mark Kane keeps his spirits up through planting every year at his Ingersoll Park home, and acknowledges gardening's direct link to fitness.

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