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Active Voice: ACSM's Partner, USMST, Shares First-hand Insights on Heat Illness
  Issues During Competition at Recent World Cup Soccer – Part I
Now Available! Educational Video: US Report Card on Physical Activity
Policy Corner: Congressional Outlook After August Recess
Register by Friday, August 8 for the 2014 ACSM Conference on Integrative Physiology
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Active Voice: ACSM's Partner, USMST, Shares First-hand Insights on Heat Illness Issues During Competition at Recent World Cup Soccer — Part I
By Gautam S. Nayak, M.D., FACC, FACP and Felipe Lobelo, M.D., Ph.D., FAHA
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Gautam Nayak, M.D., is a cardiologist at Confluence Health in the Department of Cardiology, Wenatchee, WA. He earned his M.D. degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, and completed training in both internal medicine and cardiology at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Nayak is a playing member of the United States Medical Soccer Team (USMST), a member of their board of directors and currently serves as president of USMST.

Felipe Lobelo, M.D., Ph.D., is a medical epidemiologist in the Division of Diabetes Translation, at the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA. He completed his medical training at the Rosario Medical School, Bogota, Columbia and his Ph.D. in epidemiology at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. As a member of ACSM, he currently chairs the Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) Pediatrics Committee. Dr. Lobelo also is a member of the USMST.

The USMST is an organization of physicians representing the U.S. in the Annual World Medical Football Championship. In addition to a passion for soccer, the USMST is committed to continuing medical education and community outreach. USMST and ACSM launched a partnership in 2013 aimed at advancing EIM’s agenda to encourage health care providers to integrate exercise routinely in medical treatment plans for all patients (see USMST web pages for more on the partnership). Shortly before the FIFA World Cup, ACSM asked Drs. Nayak and Lobelo to share their expertise with our readers on the unique environmental challenges facing athletes at the Brazil venues. Remarkably, our co-authors were just about to fly to Brazil with their teammates to compete in their soccer championships at some of the same venues. This is the initial installment of a two-part commentary, which presents their perspectives on the heat stress issues – affecting both athletes at the FIFA and the World Medical Soccer Championships. Part 2 will follow in a future issue of SMB.

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Now Available! Educational Video: U.S. Report Card on Physical Activity

A new video is now available that can provide education and inspire action when it comes to promoting physical fitness within your sphere of influence.

The video provides an overview of the groundbreaking United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth released earlier this year by the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA) and ACSM. Featuring ACSM members Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk, chair of the U.S. Report Card Research Advisory Committee and Dr. Russell Pate, chair of the NPAP Alliance, the video reveals six key outcomes from the study and key action steps needed to address current environmental deterrents when it comes to physical activity. The report card is the first in a historic series that will provide an unprecedented benchmark using a common methodology for this critical public health issue.

ACSM members are encouraged to use the video as an advocacy tool and call-to-action with those who can help implement new initiatives, programs and policies that support healthy environments and improve physical activity levels for children.

You can view and share the video by clicking HERE.

In addition to the video, a free webinar will be held September 10 to discuss the implications of the Physical Activity Report Card, including a question and answer session with Drs. Katzmarzyk and Pate. Register for the webinar today!

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Policy Corner: Congressional Outlook After August Recess

Here is a brief update from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) on the current status of the appropriations process in Congress. ACSM, a key FASEB member, monitors the appropriations process in Congress due to its importance in funding grants and programs that directly affect ACSM members.

Congress has adjourned for its summer break. When legislators reach their districts for their five-week recess, they will be able to tout clearing a measure (HR 5021) that will keep transportation projects from running out of money until next spring and legislation (HR 3230) intended to provide veterans better access to health care, as well as confirmation of a new U.S. ambassador to Russia. However, they are leaving a lot of unfinished legislative business to be resolved later this fall. When lawmakers return to Washington on September 9, they are expected to pass a short term “continuing resolution” (CR) to keep federal agencies operating beyond October 1. The length of the CR has not yet been determined, but House and Senate leaders said last week that it will likely fund the government through early December.

A CR in September makes it all but certain that Congress will not attempt to finish work on the fiscal year (FY) 2015 appropriations bills under the regular process. Appropriators may instead try to combine the individual spending measures into an omnibus package to be considered following the mid-term elections in November.

Although House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) had initially said the Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) bill that funds the National Institutes of Health (NIH) would be considered by the end of July, no vote has been scheduled. The Senate LHHS bill also did not receive a vote in the Appropriations Committee; however, the Senate Committee released the text of the LHHS bill and accompanying report language on July 24. The report notes that the discretionary budget cap is increasing by only 0.1 percent in FY 2015 and discusses how the downward trend in spending has impacted NIH, including a 28 percent loss of purchasing power over the last decade. The report also notes that the current spending limits "are not sufficient to allow a consistent growth pattern for the nation’s biomedical research enterprise."

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Register by Friday, August 8 for the 2014 ACSM Conference on Integrative Physiology and Save

With multidisciplinary scientific sessions, expert keynote speakers and more, this meeting is a must-attend for anyone interested in exercise physiology, exercise and health. To emphasize areas of rapid advancements in exercise physiology, the IPE program includes the following:
  • Exercise, stem cells and adaptation
  • Exercise metabolism: integration of heart, skeletal muscle and fat
  • Exercise, oxidative stress and mitochondrial dynamics
  • Circadian rhythms, sleep systems health and exercise performance
  • Cytokines and "exer-kines"; new insight into exercise and system's health
This conference will again be hosted at the Eden Roc in Miami Beach, Florida. Hotel block reservation information can be found here.

Register before Friday, August 8 at 11:59 PST for best possible registration rates!

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'Little League Shoulder' on the Rise
HealthDay News via The Philadelphia Inquirer
With summer in full swing so too are youthful arms, with kids happily throwing pitches as hard and as fast as they can on baseball diamonds all across America.

But experts warn that some children who engage in repetitive overhead ball-throwing — especially pitching — can end up paying a price, as insufficient strength paired with poor form turns into the condition commonly known as "Little League shoulder."

The condition causes an unwelcome combination of shoulder pain, swelling and impaired mobility. It also appears to be on the rise.

"It's certainly being seen with more frequency," said study author Dr. Benton Heyworth, an instructor of orthopaedic surgery at Harvard Medical School, and a practitioner in the division of sports medicine at Boston Children's Hospital. "And that's likely due to trends in youth sports in general.

"In the case of baseball, that means more year-round pitching without the appropriate period of rest between, and more pitching at higher velocities. Which means that although 'USA Baseball' and 'Little League Baseball' outline clear pitch-count limits, what we're seeing are very straightforward overuse injuries that come from kids simply pitching too much," Heyworth added.

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Can a Short Daily Run Help you Live Longer? Dr. Nancy Weighs in
Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC News' chief medical editor, joins TODAY with Dr. Jordan Metzl to discuss a new report that says jogging for five minutes daily can help reduce your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 45 percent.
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