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Sports Medicine Bulletin
June 16, 2009  
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ACSM Blends Sports Medicine, Performing Arts with New Initiative
ACSM continued expansion into the multidisciplinary aspects of sports medicine and exercise science with “Athletes in the Arts,” a new initiative in partnership with Loyola University (New Orleans) and Grammy-winning music producer John Snyder. The partnership links the sports medicine and musician communities through collaborative exchange and application of wellness, training and performance research and initiatives. This program is committed to the belief that athletes exist throughout the performing arts community and that the training, wellness techniques and resources of sport athletes can benefit artists’ general health and performance. Next steps in the program include development of educational tools for artists and building coalitions locally and nationally to support the initiative.

ACSM Deskside Learning Presents “Coaching Physicians to Refer Coaches” Webinar
ACSM welcomes Margaret Moore, Founder & CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation, as a presenter in ACSM’s Deskside Learning Webinar series. On Wednesday, July 8, 2009, Moore will explore a vision for physician practices where patients are supported by physicians and medical fitness/wellness coaches to master health and well-being. She will guide participants through the steps to coaching physicians to “walk the wellness walk” and refer to coaches. Visit the ACSM Web site for more information or to register today.

ACSM Video History Project to Expand
ACSM’s rich history was on display at the Annual Meeting in Seattle, where attendees viewed a preview of the video archiving project spearheaded by ACSM Historian Jack Berryman, Ph.D. called “ACSM’s Distinguished Leaders in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science,” the project presents college pioneers as they recount their career highlights and how ACSM has influenced their work. More

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ACSM American Fitness Index™ Gets Indianapolis Moving
Indianapolis is becoming a healthier place, thanks in part to the ACSM American Fitness Index™ (AFI) program. On June 8, AFI urged residents of Indianapolis – ACSM’s headquarters city – to get fit, issuing the call to action with the YMCA of Indianapolis, the WellPoint Foundation, and Indianapolis’ Alliance for Health Promotion. The event reached a large audience in central Indiana through coverage in the Indianapolis Star and on the city’s Fox and ABC affiliates. To find out how to get more involved in improving your community’s health and fitness, visit

Broeder Continues Cycling Journey to Benefit ACSM Foundation
Almost one month into his Bicycling for Ovarian Cancer endeavor, Craig Broeder, Ph.D., FACSM, already has cycled 2,000 miles, fixed nine flat tires, climbed a 10-percent uphill grade, met three ovarian cancer survivors, eaten many carbohydrate-heavy meals, given five local television interviews and cycled the entire coastline of California. Now he is making his way toward the Pacific northwest with the wind in his face. Although almost a quarter of his journey is complete, Broeder still has a long ride ahead to reaching his goal of cycling 9,000 miles in 100 days. You can help make his dream a reality by making a secure online donation to help prevent ovarian and other female cancers. More

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Policy Corner - Youth Shows Courage, Need for Concussion Laws
Amid the flurry of symposia, presentations and earnest conversations at the 56th ACSM Annual Meeting, a capacity crowd hushed when young Zackery Lystedt took the floor. The Seattle-area teen inspired a namesake state law that requires the approval of a licensed health care practitioner for a youth athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion to return to play. Zackery spoke of his intention to recover as fully as possible, while his father recapped the extraordinary determination the youngster has displayed since suffering a concussion during a middle-school football game in 2006. After returning to the same game, he later collapsed on the field.

Stanley A. Herring, M.D., FACSM, who chairs ACSM’s Clinical Sports Medicine Leadership committee, is one of the physicians involved with Zackery’s care. He made a persuasive case for every state to pass its own version of the Lystedt Law. Working with ACSM to encourage prudent policies on concussion in youth sports are the Brain Injury Association of Washington and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More

This week’s show
Preventing Injuries in Summer Sports, featuring Special Guest Vincent Perez, P.T.

Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines

The content expressed on external news websites does not express the opinion of the American College of Sports Medicine.

Hormone Therapy Plus Physical Activity Reduce Belly Fat, Body Fat Percentage After Menopause
from Science Daily
Older women who take hormone therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms may get the added benefit of reduced body fat if they are physically active, according to a new study. More

Exercise Eases Lower Back Pain
from San Jose Mercury News
More is better when it comes to alleviating lower back pain — more exercise, that is. Although many who suffer back pain don't exercise, fearing it will exacerbate the problem, a recent study found that exercising four days a week gave people greater relief from back pain than those who worked out fewer times per week, or not at all. More

Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
from ABC News - Burlingtion, Va.
New research lends weight to the old adage that laughter can be powerful medicine, particularly when it comes to your heart. Two studies presented at the American College of Sports Medicine's annual meeting in Seattle found that laughter not only can reduce stress, which can damage the heart, it can lead to improved blood flow, which can help ward off high blood pressure. More

Young Ballerinas May Face Heart, Bone Risks
from KWCH - TV
Young ballerinas who stop menstruating because they don't eat enough to cover their energy output face the same heart and bone health risks as other young female athletes in the same circumstances, new research suggests. More

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