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Sports Medicine Bulletin
June 23, 2009  
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In This Issue:

ACSM President Plans Student, Global Growth for 2009-10
James Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM, assumed his duties as ACSM President on Friday, May 29, during the awards banquet in Seattle. Here, he gives insight on plans for his term and why involvement with the College has been a crucial part of his career. Dr. Pivarnik is a professor of kinesiology and epidemiology at Michigan State University and is the university’s Research Integrity Officer.

Q: You’ve said that your term will be the “year of the student.” Why do you feel student involvement is so important for the future of ACSM?

A: Without trying to be too cheesy about it, students are the future of the College. Many who are now in school will be the clinical, basic, and applied science leaders in just a few years. Now is when they will be making decisions in terms of what professional organizations to join. We need to convince them that ACSM can best meet their needs, and I know we can do that if we have an organized and comprehensive strategy to do so. More

ACSM Raises Policy Wattage; Federal Advocacy in Full Gear
Thomas Edison said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Picture those overalls with an ACSM logo, working to secure physical activity and exercise as a national priority. Seizing the opportunity represented by an unprecedented focus on health care issues, the College has embarked on a comprehensive, strategic campaign to influence public policy. ACSM’s policy agenda emphasizes the benefits of physical activity and exercise, including cost savings, increased productivity and improved quality of life.

ACSM’s advocacy program is founded on a solid base of research and best practices and a track record of articulating them for the public good. In recent years, College leaders have begun bringing its policy priorities to the attention of elected leaders who can enact them into law. The ACSM policy initiative involves both College leadership and member advocates. Recently, ACSM President James Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM and President-Elect Thomas Best, M.D., FACSM sent a letter to President Obama re-emphasizing the principles of Exercise is MedicineTM. In his subsequent address to the American Medical Association, Obama underscored the importance of preventive medicine and physical activity. More

ACSM's Recently Released Position Stand on Resistance Training Endorsed by the National Strength and Conditioning Association
A recently produced ACSM Position Stand has received strong support from the professional community with an endorsement from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). The Position Stand, “Progression Models in Resistance Training for Healthy Adults” is a comprehensive, scientific manuscript on strength training. ACSM members can access the Position Stand at

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New Issue of ACSM’s Fit Society Page® Newsletter Available
The summer edition of ACSM's Fit Society Page® Newsletter dedicated to the theme of Preparing for Fall Sports is now available. The issue provides advice and information written by ACSM members or guest authors on injury prevention, sportsmanship, pre-participation physical examinations and more. Regular features "The Athlete's Kitchen" and the ever-popular Q&A, which focuses on common health and medical questions asked in the sports doctor's office, are also included. Click here to download your copy, and forward to your patients, clients, friends and family.

EIM to Become Regular Feature in International Journal
Exercise is Medicine™ (EIM) continues to gain global exposure with a new opportunity from the British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine (BASEM). EIM task force members will provide commentary on the EIM initiative and reinforce the importance of physical activity to health in each bi-monthly issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine (BJSM), BASEM’s official peer review journal for health professionals and researchers in sport and exercise medicine.

Two EIM task force members were featured in the January 2009 issue of BJSM. Steven N. Blair, P.E.D., FACSM, and Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM, wrote pieces on research promoting the importance of physical activity and integrating exercise prescription to the health care system. Click here for Dr. Blair’s article on physical activity, and here for Dr. Sallis’ article on prescribing exercise.

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ACSM Initiative Integrates Physical Activity into Local Communities
A new partnership among ACSM, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) and the Indianapolis Housing Agency (IHA) is promoting the integration of physical activity into daily lifestyles of public housing residents, and is a model for other cities around the nation.

Through IUPUI Department of Physical Education professor and ACSM member NiCole Keith, Ph.D., FACSM, and Andrea Ekiyor of the IHA Resident Relations Department, Physically Active Residential Communities (PARC) is in the process of implementing exercise programs in 11 IHA public housing communities with the goal of increasing the physical activity of low-income populations. The wellness program brings IUPUI Department of Physical Education exercise science students Karina Bernacchi, Kyle McIlrath, Nicole Starr, John Yegerlehner, and Ryan Kiser, under Keith’s supervision, to facilitate weekly group exercise classes and provide nutrition and health tips. Some classes are as simple as chair exercises for senior community participants.

This model is a simple, easy-to-implement way to bring exercise to public housing communities in need of more physical activity options. To start a similar initiative in your local public housing community, contact Chris Sawyer at for more information.

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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.

Despite Economy, People Still Strive to be Physically Fit
from Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Even though she had to start crunching her budget, Lori Geyer refused to stop tightening her abs. The 42-year-old South Side stay-at-home mother of three still pays for her family to exercise at the YMCA Downtown -- even as the cost of groceries and gas rises. More

Training Can Do More for Muscles than Shoes
from Statesman Journal
There are an increasing number of shoes on the market that claim to increase leg strength and muscle tone. These different shoes supposedly provide mechanical variations that place stress on your legs throughout your day, increasing your legs' muscular development. More

Study on Lower Back Pain Delivers Uplifting Findings
from Chicago Sun-Times
The answer to managing nagging back pain might prove counterintuitive: A new study suggests pushing those sore muscles with weight training and improving overall body strength could help, researchers say. More

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