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In this issue:

Active Voice: Neighborhood Walkability and Hour-by-Hour Accelerometer Physical Activity
Breaking News from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Meetings in Buenos Aires - September 7th and 8th
ACSM Now Accepting Abstract Submissions for 61st Annual Meeting, 5th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on the Role of Inflammation in Exercise, Health and Disease
Policy Corner: ACSM leadership discusses policy goals with Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary, Howard Koh, M.D.
What to Read this Month in Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews (ESSR)
Upcoming Regional Chapter Meetings
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines
 
 


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Active Voice: Neighborhood Walkability and Hour-by-Hour Accelerometer Physical Activity
By Daniel Arvidsson, Ph.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Dr. Daniel Arvidsson is a public health nutritionist and researcher at the Center for Primary Health Care Research, Lund University, Sweden. His research focuses on objectively measured physical activity in children and adults, including both behavior interventions and observational studies.

This commentary presents Dr. Arvidsson's views on the topic of a research article which he and his colleagues published in the April 2013 issue of
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise® (MSSE).

From an ecological perspective, physical activity behavior is the consequence of intrapersonal, interpersonal, and environmental factors. The influence of the built environment on physical activity is a recent development of the physical activity research field. The argument is that, if the built environment promotes physical activity, there will be beneficial effects for a large number of individuals. Started as questionnaire-based investigations, the built environment-physical activity research field now employs modern techniques for objective measures. The built environment is characterized using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), bringing together administrative and commercial data sources for spatial localizations. The individual is localized by the residential address and a defined area surrounding the individual (neighborhood) is characterized by its physical activity promoting qualities (e.g., supporting active transportation, being walkable). Accelerometry is used for objectively measured physical activity.

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Breaking News from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Meetings in Buenos Aires - September 7th and 8th

The IOC made an unprecedented choice to reverse their decision made last February to drop wrestling from the core sports at the Summer Olympics.

Wrestling had been a founding Olympic sport, dating from the time of the ancient Games and continuing through the modern Olympics. For this reason, when the IOC announced its elimination early this year, prominent individuals associated with the sport and even politicians from some countries expressed great surprise and disappointment. Over the ensuing months, proponents for reinstatement campaigned vigorously and FILA, the international organizing body for wrestling, agreed to ongoing efforts to “modernize” the sport in ways to address initial concerns voiced by the IOC. The decision to reinstate wrestling was based on secret balloting last weekend, in which the sport successfully competed for a position in the program against baseball-softball and squash. The latter sports did not secure nearly as many votes on the ballot as wrestling, but their governing bodies will continue to build cases that might yet enable them to be added to the program for 2020. For further details, see: Southern California Public Radio and FILA.

The IOC also announcement last weekend that Tokyo will host the Summer Olympics in 2020, after competing for this decision against bids from both Istanbul and Madrid. Finally, an election is expected today to identify successor to IOC president Jacques Rogge, who will be stepping down after 12 years.

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ACSM Now Accepting Abstract Submissions for 61st Annual Meeting, 5th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on the Role of Inflammation in Exercise, Health and Disease

ACSM's 61st Annual Meeting, 5th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on the Role of Inflammation in Exercise, Health and Disease will be held May 27-31, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. The Program Committee is now accepting abstract submissions for next year's Annual Meeting. Please visit this site to learn more or submit an abstract. Abstracts are due November 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
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Policy Corner: ACSM leadership discusses policy goals with Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary, Howard Koh, M.D.


L to R: Russell Pate; Maria Stefan, ACSM Global Policy Advisor; Secretary Koh; ACSM CEO Jim Whitehead.

Russell Pate, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM CEO Jim Whitehead and other ACSM staff recently met with Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Howard Koh, M.D., to discuss several important issues vital to ACSM’s policy goals. The meeting served as a follow-up to Dr. Koh’s visit to the ACSM Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, where he spoke to a packed session and met with College leaders. During that meeting, Dr. Koh expressed particular interest in initiatives such as ActivEarth, Exercise is Medicine and the National Physical Activity Plan.

In the most recent meeting, Dr. Koh reiterated support for many of ACSM's policy goals and agreed to work closely with ACSM to accomplish them. Fostering relationships with appointed and elected officials, either in the Administration or Congress, is vital to the public policy process. By working with these appointed or elected officials, ACSM is able to effect positive change in many different policy areas that are central to the mission of the College.

For additional information on our collaboration with Dr. Koh or to find out how to help advance ACSM policy goals by becoming a Key Contact, please contact Monte Ward, Vice President of Government Relations, at mward@acsm.org.

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What to Read this Month in Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews (ESSR)

What are your peers reading in the latest issue of Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews?

Reduced Work Capacity in Individuals with Down Syndrome: A Consequence of Autonomic Dysfunction?
  • The article provides evidence for the authors' hypothesis that low work capacity in Down syndrome can be explained by autonomic dysfunction.
URI in Athletes: Are Mucosal Immunity and Cytokine Responses Key Risk Factors?
  • This article discusses the possibility that some immune variables may predict an athlete’s susceptibility to respiratory infections.
Anabolic Resistance of Muscle Protein Synthesis with Aging
  • The authors provide evidence to suggest that maintenance of physical activity can reduce the anabolic resistance of muscle protein synthesis to protein intake with aging. This article is covered by Journal Club questions.
*ACSM Professional members should first log in at the ACSM website. Then click on the "Access My Journals" link.

All four of ACSMs publications now have custom iPad apps. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, Current Sports Medicine Reports and ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® are available for download in the App Store.

Downloading the apps is free, and access to the full-text content is included in your membership. These apps are an exciting development for ACSM and we encourage you to download them today and send your feedback to ACSMJournals@acsm.org.

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Upcoming Regional Chapter Meetings

Here’s your opportunity to attend local educational meetings and opportunities to develop professional relationships with colleagues close to home through one of ACSM’s Regional Chapters. You can interact more directly and frequently with fellow sports medicine and exercise science professionals in one of twelve Regional Chapters. While specific benefits vary by chapter, common benefits available for you to take advantage of in your chapter include:
  • Networking opportunities
  • Discounts on yearly chapter educational programs
  • Chapter member newsletters
  • Student awards and scholarships
  • Leadership and professional growth opportunities
  • Chapter member forums
  • Earn Continuing Education Credits (CECs)
To find the meeting for your region, please visit www.acsm.org/regional_chapters.

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SPORTS MEDICINE & EXERCISE 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.


Get Moving! Jamaicans Urged To Increase Physical Activity For Better Health
Jamaica Gleaner
As Jamaica prepares to commemorate World Physiotherapy Day on September 8 along with global partners, physiotherapists at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) are encouraging everyone to increase their activity level, both for their own health and that of the country.

One apparent defining feature of humanity seems to be the desire to simplify our efforts. We naturally seek to work smarter, not harder. Indeed, man seems to have engineered an easier alternative for most facets of daily life. Improved transportation systems mean fewer people walk to their destinations, machines can now wash and dry our clothing and the proliferation of information technology means more people now work, communicate and entertain themselves seated behind a screen.

Inarguably, the activities of daily living in a modern society require less physical effort now than they have for any previous generation. But a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that this less effortful existence comes at a cost. The prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCD) influenced by diet and activity levels, is on the rise globally, including diabetes, bowel cancers and cardiovascular disease.

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Diana Nyad's Success All in Her Head, Experts Say
NBC News
Editor's note: Participants in the 2012 ACSM Annual Meeting in San Francisco will remember Diana Nyad's moving remarks—punctuated by her spontaneous tootling on the bugle—as part of a panel hosted by Sanjay Gupta, M.D. Nyad spoke about her many accomplishments and her previous attempts to swim between the Florida and Cuba. ACSM celebrates with her the extraordinary recent achievement that has confirmed Ms. Nyad as the epitome of training, tenacity and resolve.

Diana Nyad has beautifully muscled arms, shoulders and thighs. She had a team of experts that helped her make the swim from Cuba to Key West, giving her water to drink, nourishing food, protecting her from jellyfish and monitoring her heart rate.

But in the end, experts say, her success came down to one essential part of her body – her mind.

"I think it was her belief in herself that she could do this," says Kathryn Olson, CEO of the Women’s Sports Foundation, a non-profit devoted to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports. Nyad is a former trustee.

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