Sports Medicine Bulletin
Feb. 23, 2010

Experts Address Olympic Safety, Performance, More

Post your feedback and opinions!

Could the death of a Georgian luger competing in the Vancouver Olympics have been prevented? How crucial is vitamin D for performance? These topics and more are addressed in the expert commentary section of the ACSM Olympic/Paralympic Resource Center.

Numerous other expert commentaries have been posted, including an insightful feature by ACSM past President Carl Foster, Ph.D., FACSM, on transitioning from inline skating to ice speed skating. Features on psychology following competition loss and Olympic figure skater training are also available.

Post your comments! The ACSM Olympic/Paralympic Resource Center is your one-stop shop for the Games, serving ACSM members with both breaking news and sports medicine and exercise science features.More

Voting Now Open for ACSM 2010 Officers; Nominate 2011 Candidates

Help select ACSM’s future leaders! The 2010 ACSM Officer and Trustee Election opened on Feb. 22 and will remain open until noon on March 31. Members who are eligible to vote will receive an e-mail and a postcard with information on how to vote as well as a unique username and password. Please contact Chris Sawyer at csawyer@acsm.org with any questions on this year’s election.

In addition, the ACSM Nominating Committee announces a call for nominations for 2011 Officer and Trustee election. All nominees must be ACSM Fellows. In keeping with ACSM’s policy of rotating leadership among the three key areas of interest, the nominees will represent basic and applied science, education and allied health, and medicine. Deadline for nominations is March 15, and all candidates must be ACSM Fellows. To nominate your candidates, click here.More

Take Action: Increase ACSM Diversity by Recruiting International Members

Although "American" is in our name, ACSM is truly a global organization, seeking to improve health and fitness – and knowledge of sports medicine and exercise science professionals – around the world.

The College’s members and certified professionals are scattered throughout more than 75 countries, and now you have an opportunity to increase that global outreach even further. Do you work with an institution or individual outside the United States? Simply send their names and contact information (or have them contact us!) to membership@acsm.org. Colleagues in developing countries may be eligible for complimentary membership benefits from ACSM.

The inaugural World Congress on Exercise is Medicine™ will be an additional driving force behind these global efforts. Thanks for your support as we continue to diversify ACSM and support the internationalization of health and fitness! More

Policy Corner: President's FY 2011 Budget Request Highlights Prevention and Wellness

The fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget that President Obama submitted to Congress on Feb. 1 provides significant increases for education, scientific research and development, and prevention and wellness programs. Highlighting the prioritization of these programs, the increases would be provided despite the White House instituting a three-year freeze in overall spending for non-security domestic discretionary programs projected to save $250 billion over the next decade. This budget request provides ACSM members with a unique opportunity to work with federal agency officials and administration leaders on many issues that are central to ACSM’s priority agenda.

The stated priorities in the President’s FY 2011 budget for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and its offices and agencies include:

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Join Us for an Evening at the Ballpark in Baltimore!

Join Us for an Evening at the Ballpark in Baltimore! The Mid-Atlantic ACSM Regional Chapter invites you to a picnic and Baltimore Orioles baseball game at Camden Yards on Friday, June 4, during the ACSM Annual Meeting. Consistently ranked as one of the best ballparks in America, Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a great place to catch a game, adjacent to the Baltimore Convention Center and within a short walking distance from many downtown hotels. Cost is $40 per person and includes a picnic (food and beverages) and a ticket to the Orioles game against the Boston Red Sox. Access the event registration form at www.acsm.org/ballgame. Tickets are limited, so reserve your spot today!

The ballpark social is one of many networking opportunities offered in conjunction with the Annual Meeting and inaugural World Congress on Exercise is Medicine – in addition to cutting-edge research and presentations. Visit www.acsm.org/annualmeeting for complete registration information for both meetings. More

Have Olympic Athletes Done All They Can?
Los Angeles Times
Achievement appears to have plateaued throughout the sports world. Records in winter sports (OOTC:WSPS) -- which are, in general, younger than many summer sports -- are still on the rise, but in ever-smaller increments, says Carl Foster, director of the human performance laboratory at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, and past president of the American College of Sports Medicine.More

As Girls Become Women, Sports Pay Dividends
The New York Times
Separate studies from two economists offer some answers, providing the strongest evidence yet that team sports can result in lifelong improvements to educational, work and health prospects. At a time when the first lady, Michelle Obama, has begun a nationwide campaign to improve schoolchildren's health, the lessons from Title IX show that school-based fitness efforts can have lasting effects.More

Vancouver Winter Olympics: Older Athletes Go For Gold
ABC News
In just the first three days of the Vancouver Olympics, athletes in their 30s have already won 14 medals. That's a full quarter of all the medals awarded. Is there something to this? Olympics analysts say yes.More