Sports Medicine Bulletin
Feb. 8, 2011

Q&A with ACSM President-Elect: How ACSM will be "Inclusive - Active - Healthy"
By Dr. Barbara Ainsworth, Ph.D., MPH, FACSM, and Dr. Melicia Whitt-Glover, Ph.D., FACSM

ACSM President-Elect Barbara Ainsworth, Ph.D., MPH, FACSM, is a Professor in the Exercise and Wellness Program and the Healthy Lifestyles Research Center at Arizona State University in Phoenix. As ACSM President-Elect, Dr. Ainsworth chairs the ACSM Annual Meeting Program Committee. With support of that capable team, she is developing a cohesive and diverse program of research and educational content for our 2011 Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®, which will be held in Denver from May 31 – June 4. Each President-Elect creates a unique focus for the Annual Meeting program that can, in part, highlight some of her or his leadership objectives for the College.

Melicia Whitt-Glover, Ph.D., FACSM, is president and CEO of Gramercy Research Group in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is a community-based researcher with background, training and experience in exercise science and epidemiology. Gramercy’s mission is to develop and implement programs that positively impact the health of individuals and communities. Dr. Whitt-Glover’s research includes developing and assessing interventions to increase physical activity in racial/ethnic minority communities.


This month, ACSM’s Sports Medicine Bulletin (SMB) is featuring a special series in observance of February as Black History Month. This series will cover a broad spectrum of diversity-related issues that pertain to our members, the world’s leading sports medicine and exercise science professionals.

During her ACSM presidential term, Dr. Barbara Ainsworth will focus on increasing diversity and inclusion while also reducing health disparities. In this Q&A with SMB, Dr. Ainsworth and her colleague, Dr. Whitt-Glover, share their perspectives on activities and initiatives to realize these goals and promote diversity.

Q&A questions include:

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Join the Exercise is Medicine® Global Movement at the 2nd World Congress

While at ACSM’s Annual Meeting in Denver, don’t forget to visit the 2nd World Congress on Exercise is Medicine to learn how you can be a part of the World’s Prescription for Health.

Plus – join us on Tuesday, May 31 for the Exercise is Medicine keynote lecture. Dr. Karim Khan, FACSM, will speak about “Supersize My Exercise! Learning from Mad Men, the Marlboro Man and Freakonomics to Promote Physical Activity.”

Exercise is Medicine – a multi-organizational, multi-national initiative that promotes physical activity and exercise to prevent disease and improve health – continues its next step since launching globally in June 2010. Highlights of the World Congress include opportunities to interact with the newly formed regional centers across the world, attend hands-on workshops and make the connections to help you activate change in your community.

Register online for the World Congress, and you’ll also gain admission to the ACSM Annual Meeting. Miss the inaugural World Congress in 2010? Watch the video recap.More

Policy Corner: ACSM, Members Advocate for Arizona Concussion Law

Concussion in youth athletes hit home for President-Elect Barbara Ainsworth, Ph.D., MPH, FACSM, who made time to speak to the Arizona Senate in support of SB 1521. In a meeting of the Senate Education Committee on Feb. 7, Ainsworth went on record with ACSM’s strong support for the measure, noting that it embodies the three essential principles of youth concussion laws:

  1. Increased awareness and education for athletes, coaches, parents and others;
  2. Removal from play of a youth athlete who has a suspected concussion; and
  3. Proper evaluation and management by appropriate health professionals provide to ensure the youth athlete does not return to practice or play without qualified medical clearance.
ACSM professional members and member/advocates in Arizona also were asked to contact their Senators in support of SB 1521. The recommendations of knowledgeable professionals carry substantial weight with lawmakers, particularly when the advocating professional is also a constituent. When the matter is before a legislative committee, ACSM members who live or work in the districts represented by committee members can hit an advocacy trifecta.

Together with the NFL, the Brain Injury Association of America and other organizations, ACSM continues to back the passage and implementation of effective concussion laws throughout the U.S. (See story from NPR’s All Things Considered in the news clips in this issue of SMB.) Please see the most recent map to check the status of concussion laws in your state. Your help is needed regardless of how far along your state is in passage or implementation. To learn how you can enhance the health and safety of youth athletes, contact policy@acsm.org. More

Diversity Committee Offers Update on Membership, Initiatives

As part of Sports Medicine Bulletin’s spotlight on diversity-related issues during Black History Month, NiCole Keith, Ph.D., FACSM, chair of ACSM’s Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity Action, provides the following update on the status of ACSM membership and the progress of the organization’s key diversity initiative.

Diversity of ACSM’s Membership
Many ACSM members do not report race/ethnicity when they complete their membership information. Because of this, it is difficult to know where our membership truly stands in terms of racial diversity. In 2010, only 39 percent of ACSM’s members reported race, and this is the breakdown:

These numbers reflect a two-percent increase in diversity from 2004, when 85 percent of reporting members were Caucasian.

Leadership and Diversity Training Program (LDTP)
The Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity Action is also committed to increasing the diversity among ACSM’s leaders and board members. To date, there have only been two board members who represent a minority group. To increase minority leadership, the committee developed the Leadership and Diversity Training Program (LDTP). This three-level program hopes to increase the number of minority leaders in ACSM through mentoring and retention. Since the program launched, there have been 23 LDTP participants who are student and professional members. There were 25 LDTP applicants for the 2011-12 program. Dr. David Marquez was the first LDTP participant to become an ACSM Fellow, helping fully realize the goal of the program.

The Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity Action is committed to making steps that will lead to significant, positive changes in ACSM’s diverse membership. For a comprehensive report on the diversity efforts of the College, please click here.More

Join Past-President James Pivarnik at Sports Medicine Symposium

ACSM Past-President James Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM, will be a featured speaker at the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) Foundation’s 3rd Sports Medicine Symposium. The symposium, focused on helping athletes “Stay in the Game,” will be held Wednesday, April 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Breslin Center.

Tom Izzo, men’s basketball coach at Michigan State University, will be the keynote speaker at the symposium. All health care professionals who provide medical attention to physically active patients and athletes are welcome to attend.

Register online now. Note: you may need to create an account to register. MSMS/MMGMA members may register for $150. Non-members may register for $190. Continental breakfast and lunch are included. For more information, contact Jody Roethele at (517) 336-5734 or jroethele@msms.org.More

Athletes and the Arts Partner Invites ACSM Members to Upcoming Courses

ACSM and the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA) have teamed up to integrate the science of sport and the art of performing through the national Athletes and the Arts initiative. Furthering this partnership, PAMA would like to invite ACSM members to two of their upcoming courses which will help professionals optimize injury prevention among musicians, dancers and performing artists. The two available courses are:

Visit www.artsmed.org for course details, schedules and other information. With questions, please contact Mary Fletcher, executive director of PAMA, at artsmed@comcast.net. More

Doctors Throw Flags on High School Concussions
NPR
In the Super Bowl this weekend, any player who takes a shot to the head and shows signs of a concussion will be taken out of the game. But it's a different story for high school athletes, who sometimes play on despite a head injury.

So the NFL, the American College of Sports Medicine and a long list of other groups are joining together to support state laws designed to protect the brains of young athletes. More

Want to Exercise? Don't Let Winter Stop You Cold
USA Today
Exercising in this winter's record frigid temperatures and snowy landscapes poses health dangers that can be minimized, fitness experts say.

Children and the elderly are most susceptible to cold, but anyone spending long periods of time outdoors needs to dress wisely and know the danger signs of frostbite and hypothermia, says Delia Roberts, spokeswoman for the American College of Sports Medicine.More