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Active Voice: Leg Pain in Athletes – Don't Forget the Nerves
Exercise is Medicine Featured in Today's Wall Street Journal
Apply Now for ACSM Student and Research Awards
ACSM, Partners Publish Conference Summary: Developing the Healthy Youth Athlete
Still Need CECs? Here's Another ACSM ceOnline Holiday Gift for You
Still Time to Register for the ACSM Team PhysicianSM Course, Part II
In Memoriam: Christian Zauner, Ph.D., FACSM
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines


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Active Voice: Leg Pain in Athletes — Don't Forget the Nerves
By Jonathan T. Finnoff, D.O., FACSM

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

Jonathan T. Finnoff, D.O., FACSM, is a senior associate consultant in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, and a clinical professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of California Davis School of Medicine. He is the medical director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Minneapolis, Minn. and a faculty member for the University of California Davis School of Medicine and University of Nevada School of Medicine Sports Medicine fellowships. He specializes in non-operative sports medicine and diagnostic and interventional ultrasound.

This commentary presents Dr. Finnoff’s views on the topic related to a clinical article which he authored with a colleague and which was published in the September/October 2014 issue of ACSM’s Current Sports Medicine Reports (CSMR).

A 19-year-old soccer player goes to a physician’s office complaining of medial leg pain. The patient describes the pain as a deep, aching, burning pain with a severity of 0-8/10 that is exacerbated by running and relieved with rest. Occasionally, the pain radiates into the medial foot and can be associated with paresthesias (numbness or burning type sensations) in the same distribution. On physical examination, the athlete has no tenderness to palpation, benign findings on knee and ankle examinations and a normal lower extremity neurologic examination. Radiographs of the symptomatic region are normal. For the examining physician, what might be the differential diagnosis for this individual? What would the next step be in the physician’s evaluation process?

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Exercise is Medicine Featured in Today's Wall Street Journal
Exercise is Medicine is featured in today's issue of the Wall Street Journal! Click to watch the video, or read the full story on the Wall Street Journal's website.
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Apply Now for ACSM Student and Research Awards
ACSM is pleased to announce that applications for the following student and research awards are being accepted:

Charles M. Tipton Student Research Awards
The awards will be presented to the student with the most outstanding research project of the year.
Click here for eligibility criteria and application

The New Investigator Awards
These awards will be presented to recognize new investigators who have begun and are likely to continue making significant scientific contributions to knowledge in basic or clinical exercise science and sports medicine.
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The Visiting Scholar Award
This award is given to an investigator who seeks further experience as an independent researcher. The award provides financial support for an investigator to visit a clinic or laboratory to learn new and current techniques in exercise science and sports medicine. Click here for eligibility criteria and application

The deadline to submit all completed application packets is February 2, 2015.

NOTE: Criteria for these awards include an accepted abstract to the 2015 ACSM Annual Meeting. Please submit your completed application no later than February 2, even if you have not yet received an official abstract acceptance letter. Abstract acceptance will be verified internally at ACSM and abstract notifications will be mailed out in early February 2015. You may contact the Education Department regarding these awards at (317) 637-9200, ext. 117 or email questions to education@acsm.org.

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ACSM, Partners Publish Conference Summary: Developing the Healthy Youth Athlete
Earlier this year, ACSM partnered with a number of prestigious organizations in hosting an action-oriented summit "Developing the Healthy Youth Athlete: The Public Health Challenge and Opportunity."

Hosting the conference was consistent with ACSM’s leadership role and keen focus in the area of concussion and youth sports health and safety. The conference brought together a large number of national and international thought leaders committed to innovation and action in addressing the hot topics in youth athletics.

Joining ACSM in hosting or supporting the conference were:
  • Gatorade Sports Science Institute
  • National Youth Sports Health and Safety Institute
  • Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention
  • ESPN
  • The Aspen Institute's Sports & Society Program
  • National Council of Youth Sports
  • President's Council of Fitness, Sports and Nutrition
A post-conference summary report, including outcomes and recommendations, can be viewed here under the header Developing the Healthy Youth Athlete: The Public Health Challenge and Opportunity.


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Still Need CECs? Here's Another ACSM ceOnline Holiday Gift for You
ACSM is pleased to offer another certificate bundle with an unbeatable discount. The ACSM 2014 Certified News Certificate Bundle* features four Certified News Journal courses (total of 16 CECs) for just $60— the price of three courses. This special lasts for two weeks only — pricing ends on Monday, December 22 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

Get started earning your CECs now. Happy Holidays from ACSM ceOnline!

*Each course within the certificate bundle has an expiration date. Note, if your certification expires at the end of 2014, you must complete your required CECs prior to December 31.

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Still Time to Register for the ACSM Team PhysicianSM Course, Part II
The ACSM Team PhysicianSM Course will be held February 4-8, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. This course offers the full range of athlete care and sports medicine. Participate in hands-on workshops, fill in gaps in your course work and gain new perspectives in the orthopedic, primary care and emergency medicine aspects of sports medicine and athlete care. Register before December 17 to receive the early bird discount!
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In Memoriam: Christian Zauner, Ph.D., FACSM
The College notes with sadness the passing of Dr. Christian Zauner. Zauner joined ACSM in 1967 and was a Fellow Emeritus member. He served on the international relations committee and the continuing education committee during the 1980’s and 90's. He also attended many Annual Meetings.

During his career, Zauner served as an assistant professor at Temple University and at the University of Florida before becoming director of Sports Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center of Greater Miami. He also was Chair of Exercise and Sport Science at Oregon State University and Dean of Health and Human Performance at East Carolina University. He served in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman from 1951 to 1955.

Zauner's speciality areas included applied human physiology, exercise physiology, metabolic lung function, the child as an athlete and administration in higher education.

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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.


Is Running Really Bad for Your Knees?
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The most common running injuries hit the knees. But running isn't to blame.

"Running gets a bad rap, but running can strengthen the knee, and those who run throughout their lives have stronger knees than those who don't," according to physical therapist Michael Silverman, P.T., M.S.P.T., coordinator of the Tisch Performance Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

In fact, the largest study of runners ever completed, which was recently published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, concluded that running does not increase the risk of osteoarthritis (cartilage breakdown), even in marathoners. And, get this: Runners had half the incidence of knee osteoarthritis compared to walkers.

The reason: "Running has been shown to thicken the cartilage in your knee," says Jason Fitzgerald, a USA Track & Field-certified coach and the founder of Strength Running. "The body adapts to running and gets stronger, after all. And since running doesn't involve excessive bending of the knee nor much twisting or turning, it's a very safe form of exercise for knees." Plus, high-impact exercises like running spur bone growth and strengthen the muscles around the knee, thereby taking pressure off the joint, Silverman says.

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Body Weight Training is Portable, Affordable

Is your schedule is so hectic that getting to the gym always takes last priority? Well don't return those skinny jeans just yet. The American College of Sports Medicine recently announced that body weight training — a fitness approach that can be adapted to busy schedules—placed second on its list of top fitness trends in 2014. This no-equipment workout allows you to use your own weight to tone and strengthen your muscles and to build endurance.

"You can perform body weight exercises anywhere," says Jennifer Hoehl, a personal trainer and exercise physiologist in New York. And you don’t have to be a seasoned athlete to benefit. "People of all ages and abilities can perform these exercises," says the ACSM spokesperson.

The best part is, you can get in shape without having to pay for a costly gym membership.

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