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Active Voice: ACSM Position Stands – Evidence Based Process & Increasing Opportunities for Member Participation
ACSM Announces New World Congress on the Role of Inflammation in Exercise, Health and Disease
Policy Corner: ACSM Puts Physical Activity on the Map at 68th Session of the U.N. General Assembly
ACSM Grants & Scholarships Available
New Exercise & Sport Sciences Reviews Issue Available Online
Register for Ringside Physicians Annual Seminar
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Active Voice: ACSM Position Stands - Evidence Based Process & Increasing Opportunities for Member Participation
By Lynette L. Craft, Ph.D., FACSM
Lynette L. Craft, Ph.D., FACSM, is the Vice President for Evidence-Based Practice and Scientific Affairs with the American College of Sports Medicine. Her Ph.D. is in Kinesiology and, prior to coming to ACSM, she was a faculty member in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. At ACSM, she uses her training and expertise in evidence-based practice methodology to provide oversight for the development of ACSM’s corporate pronouncements and is leading the effort toward the development of an online evidence library and resource center for sports medicine and the exercise sciences.

On the anniversary of her first year with ACSM, Dr. Craft answers key questions about how these official statements are created and, further, the plans now in development to increase member involvement in the analytic work that leads to ACSM Position Stands.

SMB: What are ACSM Position Stands?

Dr. Craft: Position Stands are systematic, evidence-based reviews that lead to major findings and recommendations in key areas of interest to those in sports medicine and exercise science. They are developed using evidence based methodology and, as a result, our Position Stands summarize the current knowledge in a field, make specific recommendations when applicable, and clarify future directions for research. Sometimes, these Position Stands are developed in conjunction with another professional organization that has interest and expertise in the Position Stand topic. For example, our 2010 Position Stand titled “Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes” was developed and published jointly with the American Diabetes Association.

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ACSM Announces New World Congress on the Role of Inflammation in Exercise, Health and Disease

Explore a significant and evolving topic during a new World Congress on the Role of Inflammation in Exercise, Health and Disease, to be held in conjunction with the 61st ACSM Annual Meeting and 5th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® on May 28-29, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.

Programming highlights the role of inflammation in the future of medicine and the prevention of injury and disease from the cell to the system. This meeting will stimulate discussion on inflammation as the cause or cure for disease, the potential of nutraceuticals and exercise as therapies to manipulate inflammatory signaling pathways, and the manner in which inflammation promotes adaptation. View the program here.

Keynote Lecture
Macrophage Diversity and Polarization in the Regulation of Inflammation
Alberto Mantovani, M.D.
Professor, University of Milan
Scientific Director, Istituto Clinico Humanitas

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Policy Corner: ACSM Puts Physical Activity on the Map at 68th Session of the UN General Assembly

ACSM CEO Jim Whitehead joined a select group of disability organizations, international NGOs, academia and the private sector at the U.N. High-Level Meeting on Disability and Development Sept. 23. At this prelude to the opening of the General Session, world leaders adopted an outcomes document that stresses the need to ensure accessibility for and inclusion of persons with disabilities, including active, healthy lifestyles. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon reported “more than 1 billion disabled people around the world live in poverty and suffer from social exclusion, and are denied access to education, healthcare, and social support.” To date, 134 countries have ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). While the U.S. has supported efforts in this area, the Senate has failed to yet ratify the treaty. ACSM's chief executive noted the importance of the disability agenda to ACSM as a founding member of the Inclusive Fitness Coalition and Designed to Move collaborative, both of which are dedicated to increasing universal access to and participation in sports and physical activity opportunities globally.

The UNICEF Global Partnership for Children with Disabilities held its second Annual Forum in conjunction with the high-level meeting. Convened by U.N. agencies to partner with civil society, the GPcwd is a network of more than 240 organizations that works to advance the rights of children with disabilities at the global, regional and country level. ACSM, the Lakeshore Foundation, and the Institute for Human-Centered Design presented a proposal to create an Access to Health and Physical Activity Taskforce, which was enthusiastically received. The proposed taskforce will address ways to emphasize the benefits of physical activity to disabled people across all domains of life and well-being. Organizations such as Special Olympics International, Handicap International and others have already signed on as supporters of the initiative. To read the concept note developed for UNICEF about the proposed Access to Health and Physical Activity Taskforce, click here.

ACSM also coordinated a multi-stakeholder panel discussion on bridging health, NCDs and the three dimensions of sustainable development, titled: "Healthy Planet, Healthy People." The event was co-sponsored by the NCD Roundtable (for which ACSM co-chairs its two committees), NCD Alliance, U.S. Government and CARICOM. The panel was composed of high-profile leaders representing U.S. and international civil society, government and private sector institutions. The event was moderated by Dr. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet. Panel members included Lisa MacCallum, Vice President of Access to Sports at Nike, HRH Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, Director General of the King Hussein Cancer Foundation; Ambassador Jimmy Kolker, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary For Global Affairs, HHS; Sir George Alleyne, Director-Emeritus, PAHO; Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Innovation, World Health Organization (WHO); Dr. Sania Nishtar Founder, Heartfile, Pakistan; and Dr. Sarah England, Global Public Health Team, Bloomberg Philanthropies

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ACSM Grants & Scholarships Available

Apply Now for 2014 Foundation Research Grant Program
ACSM is now accepting applications for our 2014 Foundation Research Grant Program. In 2013, ACSM funded 22 grants through this program, awarding a total of $129,000 to researchers.

Members ranging from graduate students to experienced professionals are eligible to apply for these funding opportunities under Student Awards and Research Grants on the ACSM website. Choose the grant opportunity that's right for you.

Please note that you must use Adobe Reader 9 to complete the application. The application deadline is Jan. 17, 2014. Contact Michael Dell at or (317) 637-9200 ext. 143 with questions or for more information.

Undergraduates: Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship Available
The Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship is being offered for the ninth consecutive year. The scholarship is designed to publicly recognize undergraduate students who are in their sophomore, junior or senior year, who have made significant outstanding contributions to their communities in the areas of health, fitness and/or education.

ACSM and Healthy Learning™ underwrites this scholarship. ACSM will grant two $1,000 awards and Healthy Learning will provide $1,000 credit to be used in the ACSM store to purchase DVDs, books or apparel. The recipients also receive complimentary registration to ACSM's 2014 Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition to be held April 1-4, 2014 in Atlanta, GA. Visit to apply. The deadline to apply is November 8, 2013.

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New Exercise & Sport Sciences Reviews Issue Available Online

Where else can you read about “How Tendons Buffer Energy Dissipation by Muscle,” the “Potential Role of Branched-Chain Amino Acid Catabolism in Regulating Fat Oxidation,” the use of “Exercise and Nutrition to Target Protein Synthesis Impairments in Aging Skeletal Muscle” and more in one issue? Only one place: the October 2013 issue of Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews.

Go to the ESSR website to view the latest issue now online*. Make sure to download the Journal Club questions and covered article, “Circadian Rhythms, Skeletal Muscle Molecular Clocks, and Exercise” by authors Elizabeth A. Schroder and Karyn A. Esser. The article can be downloaded for FREE, but only until the end of the year.

*ACSM professional members must log in at the ACSM website and then click on the "Access My Journals" link.

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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.

The Way Forward
The Huffington Post
This week world delegates, disability experts and NGOs gathered for the United Nations High Level Meeting on Disability and Development. I had the opportunity to observe this historic meeting and am happy to share how the international community values persons with disabilities in the Millennium Development Goals and beyond.

The main theme throughout the halls, speeches and side conversations was the disability rights mantra; "nothing about us without us." This mantra alluded to the importance of a disability-inclusive environment and the international community's commitment and support to persons with disabilities, specifically with the Millennium Development Goals, 2015 and the post-2015 United Nations development agenda. Mr. John William Ashe, President of the General Assembly not only stated the significance of full participation and equality for people with disabilities, but shared the many challenges the international disability community still faces; prejudice, denied the right to education, institutionalization, unemployment and lack of health services. These struggles are masked by global issues, such as poverty, because 80 percent of people with disabilities live in developing countries. Despite these challenges, we are encountering a new era where the international community addresses these issues and fully acknowledges people with disabilities.

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Why Runners Don't Get Knee Arthritis
The New York Times
One of the most entrenched beliefs about running, at least among nonrunners, is that it causes arthritis and ruins knees. But a nifty new study finds that this idea is a myth and distance running is unlikely to contribute to the development of arthritis, precisely and paradoxically because it involves so much running.

It's easy to understand, of course, why running is thought to harm the knee joint, since with every stride, ballistic forces move through a runner's knee. Common sense would suggest that repeatedly applying such loads to a joint should eventually degrade its protective cartilage, leading to arthritis.

But many of the available, long-term studies of runners show that, as long as knees are healthy to start with, running does not substantially increase the risk of developing arthritis, even if someone jogs into middle age and beyond. An impressively large cross-sectional study of almost 75,000 runners published in July, for instance, found “no evidence that running increases the risk of osteoarthritis, including participation in marathons.” The runners in the study, in fact, had less overall risk of developing arthritis than people who were less active.

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