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In this issue:

Q&A: An Innovative New Book for Group Exercise Instructors
Just Released — Revised Team Physician Consensus Statement on Concussion
Policy Corner: A Glimpse from the Hill
ACSM, Don’t Quit Foundation Launch Foundation to Build School Fitness Centers
Save the Date: ACSM's Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition – March 27-30, 2012
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Q&A: An Innovative New Book for Group Exercise Instructors
By Grace DeSimone, ACSM-CPT, ACSM-GEI    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Grace DeSimone is the national director of group fitness for Plus One Health Management in New York City, where she manages the quality and execution of more than 100 class programs involving more than 500 instructors across the U.S. Grace serves as the chair of ACSM’s Certified Group Exercise Instructor Committee and is a member of ACSM’s Executive Council of the Committee on Certification and Registry Board. She also serves on IDEA Health and Fitness Association’s Program Directors’ Committee.

For the past 18 months, DeSimone has served as editor, collaborating with more than a dozen experts, on a new ACSM book entitled ACSM’s Resources for the Group Exercise Instructor. The book has just been released by ACSM’s publishing partner Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ACSM’s Resources for the Group Exercise Instructor is an excellent reference and includes both practical workout and video enhancements. It will be a trusted resource for instructors and fitness professionals and an ideal resource for group exercise instructors preparing for the ACSM GEI certification exam.

SMB had the opportunity to ask DeSimone a few questions about this unique publication. Questions include:
  • Who is the target audience for this book?
  • What sets this book apart from other group exercise texts?
  • What other unique features can you highlight?
  • What final points would you like to share about this resource? More


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Just Released — Revised Team Physician Consensus Statement on Concussion
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A revised team physician consensus statement, titled “Concussion (Mild Traumatic Brain Injury) and the Team Physician: A Consensus Statement – 2011 Update,” was released last week in the December issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®. The revised statement updates recommendations made in the 2006 version and, notably, states that there should be no longer be same-day return-to-play for athletes suspected of or diagnosed with a concussion.

While advising against same-day return-to-play is the biggest change from the 2006 statement, the updated document also includes these changes:
  • Physicians should use standardized concussion assessment tools, such as the NFL Baseline and Sideline Tools, for pre-season and post-injury evaluation. Neurological assessments should emphasize cognitive function, cranial nerve and balance testing.
  • Physicians should use the preseason to develop an emergency medical action plan, including a specific plan for concussion management, and they should also assemble a concussion management team.
  • Neuropsychological (NP) testing is one component of the evaluation process, and it should not be used as a stand-alone tool to diagnose, manage or make return-to-play decisions in concussion.
  • Tests using event-related and evoke-related potentials, as well as tests using biomarkers, have been inconclusive in identifying individuals with concussions; however, they may one day be applicable.
  • Physicians should understand their states’ laws regarding concussion as well as the rules and regulations from their sports’ governing bodies.
View the full consensus statement online at www.acsm-msse.org.





Policy Corner: A Glimpse from the Hill
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What does it take to get through to policy makers? Washington can seem a world apart, accessible only to those with influence, insider knowledge or lobbying clout. Those who attended last week’s ACSM Conference on Physical Activity, Cognitive Function, and Academic Achievement got a primer from Gary Kline, senior policy advisor to Congressman Brian Bilbray. Bilbray, who represents the San Diego area, co-chairs the House Fitness Caucus.

Kline invoked a familiar cluster of concerns involving health care spending and the growing prevalence of obesity and related conditions. The solution, he posited, lies in focusing on the most prevalent diseases (heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes) and in addressing behaviors that contribute to them. Heads nodded and murmurs confirmed that Kline and his boss understand the power of prevention.
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ACSM, Don't Quit Foundation Launch Foundation to Build School Fitness Centers
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Students at Capital City Public Charter School react to the good news. The new Live Positively fitness center will enhance the school’s remarkable dedication to health and fitness, which are integrated throughout the curriculum.
Last week, ACSM and Jake Steinfeld formally launched the National Foundation for Governor’s Fitness Councils in Washington, D.C., with the announcement that Capital City Public Charter School would be the first school to receive a Life Positively fitness center in 2012. Mayor Vincent Gray and U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., attended the announcement and applauded the Foundation’s commitment to increasing physical activity and health in America’s youth.


Jake Steinfeld, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., visited Capital City Public Charter School, selected to receive the first school fitness center to be built in the nation’s capital by the National Foundation for Governor’s Fitness Councils, which Jake chairs.
The National Foundation for Governor’s Fitness Councils will take nationally the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (which Steinfeld chairs) program of building fitness centers in deserving schools. Coca-Cola has provided funding for the Foundation to build Live Positively fitness centers in schools across the country, starting with three each in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and Washington, D.C. next year.



Save the Date: ACSM's Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition — March 27-30, 2012
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ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition bridges the gap between the science of sports medicine and the practice of a fitness professional. Join us for the 2012 Summit March 27-30 at the Paris Las Vegas for new programming, keynote speakers, the hottest workouts and CECs that will engage and motivate you to make a positive change in your clients’ lives. Register now.

2012 keynote speakers will include:
  • Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Miller – “Competing with Cancer”
  • Tara Costa – “Biggest Loser Experience: Creating and Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle.”
  • John Porcari, Ph.D., FACSM – “Gizmos, Gadgets and Snake Oil: Separating Fact from Fiction in the Exercise Industry.”
Learn more about the 2012 Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition.



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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.


On The Job, On The Move: Find Ways to Work Exercise into Your Daily Job Routine
The Indianapolis Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If Evin Mullins sits too long, she gets stiff and uncomfortable. Having juvenile rheumatoid arthritis makes sitting at work all day hard on her hips.

NiCole Keith, a regular exerciser, wanted to find a way to weave more movement into her typically sedentary work day as a professor.

The solution they both found: a treadmill work station.
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The Right Reasons to Stretch Before Exercise
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For an article being published in next month’s issue of The British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia reviewed dozens of recent studies of stretching, hoping to determine whether the practice prevents people from getting sore after they exercise. The authors found 12 studies completed in the past 25 years that looked directly at that issue. Most were small and short-term. But each produced essentially the same result, the review authors write, showing that “stretching does not produce important reductions in muscle soreness in the days following exercise.” More
 


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