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Q&A: Legacy of the Space Shuttle, Part I
Policy Corner: Bring Sports Safety Resources to Your Community
Reminder for Basic & Applied Scientists: Respond Today Regarding FASEB Directory
PADS Releases Summer E-Newsletter
In Memoriam: Gaston Beunen, Ph.D., FACSM
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Q&A: Legacy of the Space Shuttle, Part I: Understanding Human Physiology for Earth, Space and Beyond
By Stuart M. C. Lee, M.S., and Alan D. Moore, Jr., Ph.D., FACSM
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Stuart M. C. Lee, M.S., is a lead research scientist for Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering in NASA Johnson Space Center's (JSC) Cardiovascular Laboratory. Over the past 19 years, including 16 years in the JSC Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Lee has published extensively on cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, thermoregulatory and orthostatic function in space flight and space flight analogs. Alan D. Moore, Jr., Ph.D., FACSM, is a senior scientist for Wyle Integrated Science and Engineering assigned to the Exercise Physiology and Countermeasures Project at NASA Johnson Space Center. He has been an investigator in several space flight studies and currently is the principal investigator of an ongoing study of International Space Station astronauts. Moore is also an Associate Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) space shuttle program came to a successful close last month when the Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center on July 21. During the 13-day mission, the astronauts delivered more than 9,400 pounds of supplies to sustain the International Space Station (ISS) for the next year, and two ISS residents completed the final space walk of the space shuttle era. ACSM thought this would be a great opportunity to interview two long-time members who have supported NASA programs for many years at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Dr. Alan Moore and Stuart Lee shared their perspectives on the space shuttle program and the physiologic adaptations to space flight during shuttle missions. This is the first commentary in a two-part series that commemorates the conclusion of the program, with a focus on issues of special interest to the sports medicine and exercise science community.

Q&A questions include:
  • NASA’s space shuttle program has been around for as long as some of us can remember. Tell us a little about the history of this program.
  • The human body is well-adapted to life in the gravity field we experience here on Earth. Tell us a little about the physiological research that was conducted in the space shuttle program. More

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Policy Corner: Bring Sports Safety Resources to Your Community
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Brutally hot weather this year has been associated with several tragic incidents among youth athletes training for the fall season. With the goal of helping everyone safely enjoy the benefits of sports, exercise and physical activity, ACSM has produced numerous definitive, evidence-based documents providing guidance for coaches, team physicians, administrators and officials.

Defining best practices doesn’t mean they are universally adopted, however. Like the New Year’s resolution that is forgotten by February or the cease-fire agreement that isn’t conveyed to front-line troops, evidence-based recommendations are ineffective unless put into practice. While many teams, leagues and schools diligently follow the guidelines in Youth Football: Heat Stress and Injury Risk, others do not. These recommendations, developed in 2005 by Michael Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM; Douglas McKeag, M.D., FACSM; and other experts, are helping protect youth athletes across the U.S. and worldwide.

Do teams in your community observe these recommendations? Do they follow ACSM Position Statements, such as for Exercise and Fluid Replacement? Do medical providers comply with Team Physician Consensus Conference Statements? Your making authorities aware of the importance of using these resources can help keep youth athletes safe in your community. Remember that advocacy isn’t limited to conversations about proposed legislation. Decision-makers at every level – elected, appointed or volunteer – and in any organization need guidance from those who know and care. Please think about how you can share the wisdom of your colleagues as expressed in official ACSM pronouncements and other resources. The upshot is enhanced health and safety for all.

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Reminder for Basic & Applied Scientists: Respond Today Regarding FASEB Directory
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Starting this fall, ACSM will participate in the online and print directory of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), of which we are a member society. The directory is considered an essential reference for the life science community and gives the public instant, free access to a vast database of professionals across the country and around the world.

Members who do not wish to have their contact information included in the FASEB Directory should email membership@acsm.org by the end of business today. Otherwise, all ACSM members in the basic and applied science interest are will have their names and contact information listed included in the directory. ACSM wants to be sure you are notified of this important decision. Learn more about the FASEB Directory.


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PADS Releases Summer E-Newsletter
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Professionals Against Doping in Sports (PADS) invites ACSM members to check out the summer issue of their quarterly e-newsletter.

Recent media coverage of athletes being sanctioned for performance-enhancing drugs has increased global awareness about doping in sports. The PADS e-newsletter features articles by expert sport physicians, scientists and others addressing some of the major issues surrounding this controversial trend.

If you have an article idea, please send it to pads@acsm.org. If you are a member of a professional organization in addition to ACSM, visit www.nodope.org to see if that organization is a member of PADS. If not, please encourage your organization’s leadership to join PADS.

In Memoriam: Gaston Beunen, Ph.D., FACSM
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ACSM was saddened to learn that Dr. Gaston Beunen, ACSM Fellow Emeritus, passed away on Aug. 13. Dr. Beunen was an Emeritus Professor at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium. He was a member of the ACSM International Relations Committee and rotated off of the Strategic Health Initiative for Youth Sports & Health in June. ACSM sends our deepest condolences to Dr. Beunen’s family, friends and colleagues.


Exercise and Science Headlines

Headlines include recent stories in the media on sports medicine and exercise science topics and do not reflect ACSM statements, views or endorsements. Headlines are meant to inform members on what the public is reading and hearing about the field.

Dog Days of August Can Cause Heat Illness for Young Athletes
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With the new school year just around the corner, many student athletes are returning to the fields and courts to prep for the upcoming fall sports season.

But in the dog days of summer, kids can be well hydrated but still at risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke at practice. And the risk of heat-related illnesses and deaths is higher than ever because of record-high temperatures around the country. Already, one high school football coach and four players have died across the country.

Fortunately, parents, coaches and administrators who oversee youth sport programs, and savvy kids, can mean the difference between safe and healthy competition and worse-case scenarios that cause death.

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9 Great Low-Impact Workouts
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A recent study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that older people have to work out more than younger people to maintain muscle mass. However, workouts can be tough if you fall into that age group (ages 60-75, in the study) especially since your joints are often more susceptible to injury. Richard Cotton, an exercise physiologist and national director of certification for the American College of Sports Medicine, and Mary E. Sanders, Ph.D., a clinical exercise physiologist at the School of Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno and a spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise, both recommended great low-impact workouts that can help people ages 60-75 increase their exercise frequency without putting extra stress on their joints. More

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