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Active Voice: Milk, Athletes & Nutritional Recovery Routines – Benefits Beyond Nature’s Intent?
Policy Corner: ACSM Offers Post-Election Analysis, Part II
Science & Research Update: Study Identifies New Way to Regulate Blood Pressure
Fall ACSM Fit Society® Page Discusses Healthy Aging
Students Invited to Apply for Gail Butterfield Nutrition Travel Award
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Active Voice: Milk, Athletes & Nutritional Recovery Routines — Benefits Beyond Nature's Intent?
By Nancy R. Rodriguez, Ph.D., R.D., FACSM    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Nancy R. Rodriguez, Ph.D., R.D., FACSM is Professor of Nutritional Sciences with appointments in the Departments of Kinesiology and Allied Health at the University of Connecticut, Storrs. She directs the sports nutrition programs for the Department of Sports Medicine, Division of Athletics. Her research focuses on relationships between exercise, protein intake and protein utilization in athletes, physically active adults and healthy obese and non-obese children. Dr. Rodriguez currently serves on the editorial boards for several research journals, including ACSM’s Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®. Throughout her research career, Dr. Rodriguez has received funding for her research from various commodity groups, including the National Dairy Council.

As I sat at a research roundtable in the fall of 2001, shortly after completing one of my first investigations evaluating the potential benefits of milk to protein utilization by endurance athletes, a colleague commented, “It is not likely that milk will ever be a sports beverage.” At the time, the critical recovery beverage following an endurance exercise bout was carbohydrate-based with some electrolytes tossed in for good measure. More important, the palatability of milk as a thirst-quenching drink seemed unlikely.

Fast forward to 2010. Chocolate milk, the most popular flavored milk, has found a niche in the recovery routines of many different athletes and teams. Indeed, milk – chocolate milk in particular – can be found alongside other sports beverages in coolers in training facilities and at training tables across the country, if not the world. Most recently, “supercharged” versions of milk have entered the marketplace by distilling recent scientific findings into advertising campaigns that tout the benefits of adding more milk protein to the natural product.

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Policy Corner: ACSM Offers Post-Election Analysis, Part II
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Editor’s Note: ACSM divided our post-election analysis into two parts. Last week, we focused on the general election results. This week, we discuss how these results might affect ACSM’s policy priorities and strategies.

The new political reality of a Republican House of Representatives and Democratic Senate and White House provides ACSM with both challenges and opportunities. This is also true on the state level, with more than half of the state legislatures and governorships in solid Republican control.

On the federal level, with nearly 44 percent of the federal budget committed to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and 39 percent covering defense, unemployment and debt payments, only 17 percent is available for discretionary spending. Funding for the National Institutes of Health (and a great deal else) must come from that slim slice of the pie. With the new Republican officeholders wanting to move budgets back to pre-stimulus and pre-bailout levels and calling for strict budget caps, ACSM must seek to advance its policy agenda understanding that appropriations are harder than ever to come by.

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Science & Research Update: Study Identifies New Way to Regulate Blood Pressure
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Researchers from the National Institutes of Health may have identified a new molecule responsible for regulating blood pressure, according to the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), which announced these findings last month in their FASEB Journal. ACSM is a member organization of FASEB.

The molecule – epoxyeicosatrienoic acid (or EET) – is created by the protein P450 metabolizing arachidonic acid in blood vessel walls. In mice, the molecule deactivated genes responsible for vascular inflammation and ultimately relaxed blood vessels to lower blood pressure. As the genes and P450 protein are also present in humans, the results suggest that this pathway could be a target for development of new blood pressure medications. In addition, these findings may influence drug development for other diseases, such as coronary artery disease, stroke and cancer.

Fall ACSM Fit Society® Page Discusses Healthy Aging
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Don’t forget to check out the fall issue of the ACSM Fit Society® Page – and share the publication with your patients, clients, family and friends.

The fall edition discusses many aspects of healthy aging and includes the following related stories:
  • Keeping Active Amid Life Changes
  • Fitness for Anti-Aging
  • Staying Mentally Sharp Through Physical Activity
  • Balance and Fall Prevention
  • Athlete’s Kitchen: What to Eat Before, During and After You Exercise
  • Q&A
ACSM also offers a customizable version of ACSM Fit Society® Page for colleges and universities interested in distributing the newsletter to their college communities. If your institution would like to join our free university program, please contact Ashley Crockett-Lohr, communications and public information manager, at alohr@acsm.org.

Current and past issues of ACSM Fit Society® Page are available online.

Students Invited to Apply for Gail Butterfield Nutrition Travel Award
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Attention Ph.D. students – the ACSM Foundation is now accepting applications for the Gail Butterfield Nutrition Travel Award. Two winners – one U.S. student and one international student – will be selected in 2011 and will each receive a $500 award.

Established in memory of Gail E. Butterfield, Ph.D., RD, FACSM, this award funds travel expenses to ACSM’s Annual Meeting (Denver, Colorado; May 31-June 4, 2011) for students interested in presenting research on protein metabolism, altitude and nutrition, nutrition and exercise interventions to improve metabolic health, energy balance, or nutrition and the female athlete.

Applications must be submitted via e-mail to foundation@acsm.org by 5 p.m. ET on April 1, 2011. Please type “2011 Gail E. Butterfield Nutrition Travel Award” as the e-mail subject line and send a PDF copy of your research abstract along with your completed application. With questions, please contact Eric Utterback at eutterback@acsm.org or (317) 637-9200 ext. 130.

Note: You must have Adobe Reader 9 to complete the application.

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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.


Professor Tracks Injuries With Aim of Prevention
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The man with perhaps the most gruesome job in sports was unenviably busy. While other football fans spent the last weekend of October watching games, the 74-year-old retiree prepared still more formal inquiries into events that occupy him more than anyone would prefer — two high school football tragedies.

He gathered information from Web searches and e-mailed questionnaires to the National Federation of State High School Associations. The linebacker outside Kansas City, Kan., who collapsed from an apparent brain injury and died the next morning. The junior-varsity defensive back from Fresno, Calif., who was sent to a hospital and into a coma by a hit that caused massive brain swelling.

Fred Mueller has almost singlehandedly run the National Center for Catastrophic Injury Research at the University of North Carolina for 30 years, logging and analyzing more than 1,000 fatal, paralytic or otherwise ghastly injuries in sports from peewees to the pros. His work has repeatedly improved safety for young athletes by identifying patterns that lead to changes in rules, field dimensions and more.

Local Boot Camp Owner: This Fall, Winter, Lift Your Spirits with Exercise
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Baby, it’s dark outside! As Daylight Savings Time is coming to an end on November 7, we will be in for a long, dark winter. It will be pitch black when we wake up in the morning and just as dark when we get home from work.

Is it any wonder that the shrinking daylight can give us winter blues?

“Shorter periods of light during our waking hours can trigger a seasonal depression commonly known as ‘SAD,’” says Sara Oliver, CPT, owner of Bay Area TX Adventure Boot Camp, citing statistics indicating that between 4 and 6 percent of people in the United States suffer from SAD each year. Another 10 to 20 percent may experience a milder form of a winter-onset depressive disorder.
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