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In this issue:

Active Voice: Out with the Bathwater, the Baby,...the Entire Home?
Celebration of Life: Priscilla M. Clarkson
Policy Corner: Global Focus on PA and Non-Communicable Diseases
ACSM Wraps Up Another Successful Childhood Obesity Awareness Month
Don't Miss Free Online Content and New iPad App from Current Sports Medicine Reports
Professional and General Liability Insurance: When and Why You Need It
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

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Out with the Bathwater, the Baby, ...the Entire Home?
Criticism of High School Sports Raises Important Issues - But Sometimes Wrong Conclusions

By ACSM President William W. Dexter, M.D., FACSM & Michael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

William Dexter, M.D., FACSM, is President of the American College of Sports Medicine (2013-2014). He directs the sports medicine fellowship and sports medicine clinical programs at Maine Medical Center, where he also serves as assistant program director for the family medicine residency program. Dr. Dexter is responsible for the orthopedic, sports medicine, occupational medicine and radiology curricula. He serves as a precept at the Family Medicine Center, where he maintains a practice in family and sports medicine.

Michael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM is the executive director of the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute and professor of pediatrics at Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota. Internationally recognized for his research and leadership in exercise-heat stress and youth athletic health, Dr. Bergeron is a Fellow and past trustee of the American College of Sports Medicine and is currently a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the International Olympic Committee postgraduate Diploma Program in Sports Medicine

Athletics are as much a part of American high school culture as prom night and geometry. Yet, sports programs gone amok can sometimes lead to misplaced priorities and unbalanced budgets, as thoughtful journalist and author Amanda Ripley noted recently in The Atlantic. We agree with some of her concerns; however, evidence-based research shows a more well-rounded perspective of this sometimes heated issue.

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Celebration of Life: Priscilla M. Clarkson, Past President of ACSM

The life and achievements of Priscilla M. Clarkson, Ph.D., will be celebrated Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Events Hall of the Commonwealth Honors College, 157 Commonwealth Avenue, on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus. The former dean of Commonwealth Honors College, Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology, and triple-alumna of UMass Amherst died August 26 at the age of 66. Dr. Clarkson served as President of ACSM, President of the ACSM Foundation, and Editor of the journal Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews.

RSVPs are appreciated, as are stories for inclusion in a memory book. Both can be sent to:

About Priscilla M. Clarkson:
Boston Globe obituary:
UMass Amherst announcement:

Parking may be found in the Campus Center Parking Garage. Directions to campus and maps may be found at:

View Dr. Clarkson's obituary in the August 27 issue of SMB.

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Policy Corner: Global Focus on PA and Non-Communicable Diseases

ACSM President-Elect, Carol Ewing Garber, and HRH Princess Dina Mired, who delivered opening remarks.

The United Nations convenes today, aiming to “set the stage for building a new global development agenda which both protects the planet and promotes equity, justice and prosperity for all people.” ACSM, through its leadership role in the NCD Alliance, is involved in a number of activities this week to establish goals, surveillance, and actions plans in each country to increase physical activity and participation in sports.

Over 150 U.N. diplomats and officers, chief executives of NGOs, including leaders from Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization attended the conference, moderated by Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet. ACSM's leadership within the global collaborative Designed to Move was noted, as well as the importance of physical activity for health. ACSM President-elect Carol Ewing Garber was among the ACSM delegation at the conference, where she discussed partnership opportunities with HRH Princess Dina Mired, director of the General of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation. This important consultation and opportunity was only one of hundreds that are being created during the United Nations meetings. This "Healthy Planet, Healthy People" convening will help set the stage over the next year as the United Nations plans for a key Summit this time next year on the interplay among environment, health (and healthy lifestyles), and the economy.

Information about the NCD Alliance and its work with the UN is available on the Alliance website. This week’s events build on official recognition by the United Nations and the World Health Organization that physical activity and its resulting chronic conditions are one of the world’s top four global public health risks. That recognition followed an ACSM-sponsored side event in conjunction with the UN’s High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases in September 2011. The NCD Alliance has produced a number of documents, including Nutrition, Physical Activity and NCD Prevention: A Briefing Document.

Look for more on the NCD Alliance and the United Nations in next week's SMB.

Federal Budget Update from ACSM’s VP of Government Affairs, Monte Ward

As the Congress moves to a potential government shutdown, the House passed a continuing resolution (H.J. Res 59) to keep the government running that would maintain post-sequester spending levels and defund the Affordable Care Act, better know as Obamacare.

The House passed the continuing resolution mostly along party lines by a vote of 230-189. Under H.J. Res 59, the legislation would continue post-sequester spending at an annualized rate of $986.3 billion though December 15 and it would defund the Affordable Care Act. It also includes a measure that would require the Treasury Department to make debt payments and pay Social Security benefits before other payments if the government reaches the debt ceiling.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has stated that the Senate will not take up any continuing resolution that contains provisions to defund the Affordable Care Act. The Senate will take up their own version of a continuing resolution over the next few days and then the two competing versions will need to be reconciled. If a continuing resolution is not passed by the Congress and signed into law, the federal government could shutdown.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Monte Ward, Vice President of Government Relations at

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ACSM Wraps Up Another Successful Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month (COAM). COAM reminds us of the importance of advancing understanding of the causes and creating more effective strategies for prevention and treatment. More than 23 million youth in the U.S. are overweight or obese, causing them to be at increased risk for cardiometabolic diseases that once were seen just among adults.

This September, in particular, several news items appeared in the electronic media concerning childhood obesity. Here are two items of special interest:

The American Heart Association announced a new scientific statement, calling for a standardized definition of severe obesity, applicable to children and adolescents. In part, this is intended to raise awareness of the healthcare challenge, the limited treatment options now available, and the priorities for further research.

Pointing to some new limited evidence, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) reported small but significant declines in the prevalence of obesity among low-income, preschool-aged children across 18 states in the U.S. that occurred over the period 2008-2011. At the same time, in 20 other states, the prevalence among children in this same demographic remained at 12.1%, i.e. did not increase.

As the Science Partner of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition, ACSM is actively engaged with COAM to create awareness of childhood obesity and encourages actions for solutions in families, schools, communities, and with healthcare providers.

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Don't Miss Free Online Content and New iPad App from Current Sports Medicine Reports

Check out the two free featured articles from the September/October 2013 issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports at Also, if you own an iPad®, make sure to download the free app for Current Sports Medicine Reports in the Apple StoreSM,

The September/October issue is now available for download on the app. The free featured articles for the September/October issue include, "Invited Commentary: Arkansas' Creation and Implementation of Health and Safety Legislation Utilizing Ambrose’s Requirements for Change," and "Training the Developing Brain: Cognitive Development Consideration for Training Youth." The articles are available free-of-charge on the journal's website until November 13, so download your copies today.

Current Sports Medicine Reports is the official clinical review journal of ACSM and is written specifically for ACSM physician members to provide a thorough review of the most current sports medicine literature. ACSM physician members receive an online subscription to this journal as a member benefit. Interested in print? ACSM physician members can purchase a print subscription of Current Sports Medicine Reports for only $15 per year. Contact ACSM Membership at 317.637.9200 x309 or email for details.

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Professional and General Liability Insurance: When and Why You Need It
By Ronda Jones
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One aspect of ACSM's mission is to help you become a more successful practitioner, and this involves understanding and minimizing the risk inherent in your profession.

Unless you perform services solely as a W-2 employee and are positive that your employer always maintains comprehensive insurance coverage that will defend you in a lawsuit for liability damages, there is a great risk to your personal finances in not having your own liability insurance coverage.

To help you decide whether to buy professional liability and/or general liability insurance, this article provides a brief explanation of the two types of coverage and addresses situations where you may not be protected by another company’s insurance policy.

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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.

High School Player, 16, Dies After Hit
MSN Sports
A 16-year-old high school running back has died after a head-on collision during a game Friday night.

Damon Janes of Westfield-Brocton (N.Y.) High walked off the field under his own power Friday during a game against Portville. But shortly after he reached the sideline, he lost consciousness and was taken to a hospital.

Janes died Monday.

The specific cause of death has not been determined, but according to reports, Janes succumbed to injuries sustained during a helmet-to-helmet collision.

The high school football community in western New York spent the weekend rallying in support of Janes and his family and were devastated by the news Monday night of James' death.

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Americans Say They're Creatures of Simple, Solo Exercise Habits
Reuters via The Baltimore Sun
Exercise trends come and go as step aerobics yield to interval training, weight machines are tossed for medicine balls and Pilates falls in and out of fashion.

But when it comes to exercise habits, Americans say they prefer to stick to what's simple, solo and short.

Nearly 75 percent of 1,200 adults, aged 24 to 44, questioned in an online survey about exercise habits said they worked out at least once a week and 77 percent prefer to do it alone.

Running was the most popular type of exercise followed by lifting weights and biking/hiking/outdoor activities, according to the survey by the watch company Timex.

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