Sports Medicine Bulletin
Jan. 26, 2010

ACSM President Reflects on Olympic Torchbearer Experience

On Tuesday, Jan. 19, ACSM President Jim Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM, carried the Olympic torch in Strathmore, Alberta, Canada (near Calgary). President Pivarnik was one of several ACSM members who participated in the historic relay. Here, President Pivarnik shares an insider's view of his torchbearer experience.

Q: What notable names did you have a chance to meet during your visit to Calgary?
A: Certainly Elizabeth Nabel (former Director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute), Judith Palfrey (President of the American Academy of Pediatrics), and Jess Pavlinac (President of the American Dietetic Association) come to mind from a professional perspective. For instance, I had a nice chat with Dr. Palfrey about ACSM and AAP increasing our collaborations, and Jess Pavlinac even said at the after-party that our little "hip bump" [as she was handing the torch to me] signified our two organizations working more closely together! And the teens that ran the torch with us – man, if they represent the future of this country, we are in good shape!More

New ACSM Book Serves Undergraduate Exercise Science Students

In ACSM's "year of the student," it's fitting that a new textbook from the College is designed to give undergraduate exercise science students the basic tools they need to succeed in the field.

ACSM's Introduction to Exercise Science, written by Jeff Potteiger, Ph.D., FACSM, teaches undergraduates about body systems, basic nutrition, exercise behavior, and more. The book is a necessary addition to ACSM's library – and to every exercise science classroom, says Potteiger.

"Not only will this text provide those new to the field a great introduction to the 'need to knows,' of exercise science, it will create an immediate association with ACSM," he said. "Establishing ACSM's legitimacy and authority early in these new scientists’ careers will create sustainability for the organization as a whole."

The book is available for ordering through the publisher. More

Policy Corner: Tell President Obama to put physical activity in State of the Union

On the eve of the State of the Union address (9 p.m. ET, Wednesday, Jan. 27), ACSM leaders have advised President Obama and his staff that physical activity and exercise offer preventive health benefits on which everyone can agree. A letter from ACSM President James Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM, and President-Elect Thomas Best, M.D., Ph.D., FACSM, points out that physical activity and exercise enjoy widespread support from all sectors and should be part of meaningful health care reform.

Please take a moment to send your own message to the president, supporting healthy lifestyles as part of real health care reform. Using the sample language provided—or, preferably, in your own words—make the case for programs that encourage all Americans to be more physically active and provide more opportunities for underserved populations.

Link to the ACSM Action Alert to send your message, and then please suggest that your friends and colleagues do the same. While you’re at it, sign up to become a member/advocate or Key Contact to help advance a policy agenda that favors physical activity and exercise.More

Advance Your Profession in Clinical Exercise Physiology by Joining CEPA

To ensure that clinical exercise physiology is represented most effectively in the health care community, your fellow professionals have united to form the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA). CEPA is an ACSM Affiliate Society.

CEPA is dedicated to advancing the scientific and practical application of clinical exercise physiology for the betterment of health, fitness and quality of life for persons at high risk for or living with a chronic disease.

As a member of CEPA, you are not only connected with other professionals, but you also receive benefits you can put into action such as continuing education, career resources, Webinars, alerts and legislative toolkits. The affordable annual membership also provides you conference and meeting presentation support materials for you to use at local events as needed.

Don't miss out on the upcoming ways CEPA is influencing clinical exercise physiology! Learn more. More

ACSM Fellowship: Apply before Feb. 1!

Becoming an ACSM Fellow demonstrates professional achievement and competence in the related disciplines of sports medicine via education, published works, professional practice and a demonstrated interest in and/or contribution to the goals of sports medicine. Persons applying for Fellow status should have demonstrated a high level of competence and ethical conduct with acceptable knowledge of the principles and practices of sports medicine. View the application requirements at The next Fellowship deadline is Feb. 1.More

PADS Needs Your Help!

The American College of Sports Medicine and the United States Anti-Doping Agency have formed Professionals Against Doping in Sports (PADS) to develop a consortium of professional societies that would band together behind common ethical principles targeted at physicians, allied medical professionals and coaches to provide additional impetus for anti-doping efforts. Should your professional organization be united in our efforts? We’d like to hear from you. Browse this PADS member application form, and contact Eric Utterback at for more details.More

Will Olympic Athletes Dope if They Know It Might Kill Them?
The New York Times
In November, a study appeared in The New England Journal of Medicine that should give pause to many athletic dopers and those who love them.More

1 in 5 Teens Has Unhealthy Cholesterol Levels
One in five American teens has unhealthy cholesterol levels, a major risk factor for heart disease in adults, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.More