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In this issue:

Active Voice: Why We Need to Keep Youth Sports Safe
Register Today for the ACSM Team Physician Course – Part 1
Policy Corner: ACSM Joins Youth Sports Orgs, Others in Sports Concussion Coalition
Honoring Toni Yancey with Instant Recess Breaks
ACSM Staff to Participate in Designed to Move Workshop at National Center
National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Council Cuts Ribbon on Fitness Centers in Three New Jersey Middle Schools
An Opportunity for ACSM Underrepresented Minority Professional and Student Members
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines
 
 




Active Voice: Why We Need to Keep Youth Sports Safe
By Anthony Luke, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM
Anthony Luke M.D., MPH, is Director of Primary Care Sports Medicine and the Director of the Human Performance Center at the University of California, San Francisco. He trained in family practice in Toronto, followed by a fellowship in sports medicine and Masters of Public Health at Harvard. He serves as Chair of the ACSM Strategic Health Initiative: Youth Sports and Health. His research interests include in injury prevention, youth sports, running medicine and digital health.

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect author opinions and not necessarily the positions or policies of ACSM.


Youth sports should be fun. It is always devastating to any community when someone is seriously injured or dies during sports training or competition, and even more so when the person affected is a young child. The recent tragedy in Union City, Indiana, in which nine year old Dylan Williams was hit in the neck by a baseball and then collapsed and died, reminds us one again of these terrible possibilities and the need to continue efforts keep youth sports safe.

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Policy Corner: ACSM Joins Youth Sports Orgs, Others in Sports Concussion Coalition

Seeking to help people of all ages safely enjoy the benefits of sports participation, the American College of Sports Medicine is a medical partner in the newly launched National Sports Concussion Coalition, announced Oct. 7.

"In my clinical practice and as a team physician, I see first-hand the difference that evidence-based best practices can make in managing sports-related concussion," said William Dexter, M.D., FACSM, president of ACSM and director of sports medicine at Maine Medical Center. "The National Sports Concussion Coalition will help millions of youth athletes participate more safely — a goal that brings together the diverse organizations that make up the coalition."

Today (Oct. 8), Dexter announced ACSM support for USA Football's Head's Up Football Program, adding the college’s approval to endorsements from numerous leading organizations.

In 2010, ACSM created the National Coalition on Youth Sport Concussion, which focuses on implementation and assessment of evidence-based concussion policies and on managing concussion for return to play and school.

Also this week, ACSM experts and staff are among those participating in the Ice Hockey Summit II: Action on Concussion at the Mayo Clinic, a scientific program intended to "generate an evidence-based action plan designed to make a difference" in the health and safety of those who play the sport. ACSM's partnership with the Mayo Clinic is an important component in the array of relationships and initiatives supporting the college’s mission to encourage lifelong, safe participation in sport and exercise.

As sport-related concussion continues to be a front-burner topic, look for updates in upcoming issues of Sports Medicine Bulletin.

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Honoring Toni Yancey with Instant Recess Breaks

ACSM members are invited to celebrate the life and contributions of Antronette (Toni) Yancey, M.D., creator of Instant Recess®, by holding Instant Recess breaks during November and beyond. Nov. 1 was the birthday of Dr. Yancey, who died in April.

Instant Recess® is a MOVEment of ACTIVE-ists dedicated to making America healthier 10 minutes at a time. By introducing brief activity breaks in the middle of the day, we can make activity the norm. Instant Recess® is an evidence-based model designed to improve health & productivity by incorporating 10-minute physical activity breaks into the routine daily "conduct of business"–fighting the inactivity epidemic 10 minutes at a time. Learn more at www.instantrecess.com.

ACSM will officially honor Dr. Yancey in recognition of the role she played in bringing healthful physical activity to millions, particularly to minority communities that are disproportionately affected by diseases linked to sedentary lifestyles.

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ACSM Staff to Participate in Designed to Move Workshop at National Center

Next Monday, ACSM's partners at Nike will be in Indianapolis at the ACSM National Center to co-present a workshop for ACSM staff about the Designed to Move collaborative. The goals of the workshop are to help staff develop a more in-depth understanding of Designed to Move and identify opportunities for future alignment and movement leadership with other ACSM programs. Check next week's SMB for a wrap-up of the workshop and other takeaways.

Designed to Move is a growing collaboration of public, private and civil sector organizations focused on ending the epidemic of physical inactivity. To learn more about Designed to Move, please visit www.designedtomove.org.

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National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Council Cuts Ribbon on Fitness Centers in Three New Jersey Middle Schools


Steve Cahillane (President of Coca-Cola Americas), Jake Steinfeld (Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils), Chris Christie (Governor of New Jersey), student representatives from Asbury Park Middle School. Jake speaks to students and members of the community before cutting the ribbon on the fitness center.

ACSM helped chairman Jake Steinfeld build the National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils (NFGFC) into a national movement, building fitness centers in schools across the country. Steinfeld created the program in California, working with partners to provide fully funded fitness centers in schools where they are most needed.

ACSM was pleased to support Jake, joined by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, President of Coca-Cola Americas Steve Cahillane and other dignitaries on September 23rd as they cut the ribbon on Asbury Park Middle School's new, state-of-the-art Live Positively™ Fitness Center in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Adding to the day's excitement, an official proclamation from Governor Christie was shared during the ceremony that recognizes September as Youth Wellness Month. During Youth Wellness Month, families and communities are encouraged to renew their commitment to making physical activity and a healthy diet part of our children's daily lives. ACSM is a founding partner of the NFGFC.

Asbury Park Middle School was one of three New Jersey schools selected as a National Champion School earlier this year for their efforts in promoting physical fitness innovation and healthy living standards to their students. In addition to the State of New Jersey, NFGFC selected three winning schools each in Georgia, Delaware and West Virginia for a total of 12 new fitness centers.

The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils program will roll out to all 50 states in the coming years. The goal is to build a nation of the fittest, healthiest kids in the world by providing schools with the tools they need to succeed. The program does not rely on taxpayer dollars or state funding; each fitness center is financed through a public/private sector partnership with companies like The Coca-Cola Company.

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An Opportunity for ACSM Underrepresented Minority Professional and Student Members

Apply for ACSM's Leadership & Diversity Training Program. Applications are due by February 3, 2014. This program will provide underrepresented minority members the opportunity to connect with educators, researchers, clinicians and health and fitness professionals. Accepted participants will receive complimentary travel and registration to ACSM’s Annual Meeting in Orlando. Program participants will enhance their ACSM involvement by taking part in national meeting service and networking activities. Participants at each level will be mentored to pursue ACSM professional presentations, publications, and eventually ACSM Fellowship. This program offers underrepresented minority professional and student members the ability to remain involved with ACSM from student member thru ACSM Fellowship.
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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.


Kinesiology Club to Promote Active Living During Exercise is Medicine® Week
Penn State News
The Penn State Kinesiology Club, with the support of faculty members in the Department of Kinesiology, will hold its second annual Exercise is Medicine® event during the week of Oct. 14 to 17. The event will consist of campus-wide activities that will encourage Penn State students, and the entire campus community, to "get moving" so they can enjoy a healthier, more physically active lifestyle.

“Not getting enough daily physical activity as a result of insufficient exercise and prolonged periods of sitting is the fastest growing public health problem in the United States, and is widely prevalent even among college-age individuals," said David Proctor, professor of kinesiology and physiology and one of the faculty organizers for the annual event.

Rebecca Ganim, vice president of The Kinesiology Club and one of the student organizers for the event added, "While we college students may currently look and feel healthy, now is the time for us to become and remain physically active to help ward off future medical problems such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity."

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Youth-Sports Organizations Join Together in New Concussion Coalition
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A number of the nation's largest youth-sports organizations announced today the formation of a new coalition that aims to protect young athletes against concussions.

The new National Sports Concussion Coalition pairs major sports organizations with medical experts in an attempt to share best practices regarding concussion management and prevention.

The founding members of the coalition are the National Council of Youth Sports, the Pop Warner Little Scholars, the Sports Concussion Institute, U.S. Lacrosse, U.S. Youth Soccer, USA Hockey, the American College of Sports Medicine, the Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball, USA Basketball, USA Football, and the Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention. At the collegiate and professional levels, the NCAA, NFL, NFLPA, and National Football Foundation have signed on as partners.

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