Sports Medicine Bulletin
Apr. 3, 2012

Active Voice: Preventive Measures are for Athletes, not Injuries
By Evert Verhagen, Ph.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Evert Verhagen, Ph.D., is a human movement scientist and epidemiologist. He is Associate Professor at the Department of Public and Occupational Health of the VU University Medical Center and the EMGO Institute in Amsterdam. His main research interests include prevention of sports and physical activity injuries and physical activity promotion integrated in everyday life. He is engaged in several international scientific collaborations, holds honorary research positions at the Free University of Brussels and Monash University in Melbourne, and is senior associate editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine. This commentary presents Dr. Verhagen’s views on the topic of the invited commentary which he authored for the Jan/Feb. 2012 issue of ACSM’s Current Sports Medicine Reports (CSMR), titled “If athletes will not adopt preventive measures, effective measures must adopt athletes.”

Sports- and physical activity-related injuries are a significant risk for those participating in what are otherwise healthy activities. There is no doubt that advances in sports injury research have led to a wide array of efficacious and effective preventive measures for various injuries within different sports. As such, in theory at least, injury burden can be significantly reduced. That is, if athletes and other stakeholders would only adopt available guidelines for prevention, safety margins would be greatly improved. Unfortunately, even the guidelines based on the strongest evidence are not widely adopted in practice and ineffective ‘implementation’ has become a trending topic in contemporary sports medicine literature. More

National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils Gaining Momentum

The National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils is gaining momentum and making headlines on the east coast! On March 15 in Washington, DC, the National Foundation kicked off its nationwide campaign to recognize and encourage innovation in youth fitness by donating fitness centers to elementary and middle schools. “In 2012, we will dedicate 12 more fitness centers in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington, DC and my goal is to put fitness centers in schools across the country,” said Chairman Jake Steinfeld. ACSM is a lead partner of the National Foundation.

Last November, the National Foundation selected Capital City Public Charter School in Washington, DC as its first National Champion School and recipient of a fitness center. “I’m proud of Capital City for being named the first National Champion School as part of this important campaign to boost the health and happiness of our young people and I look forward to two other schools in the District being recognized as National Champions,” said DC Mayor Vincent Gray. “Obesity is at epidemic levels among our young people nationwide, and young people in big cities and small towns alike are suffering the lifelong consequences of physical inactivity and poor health and nutrition.” The National Foundation is accepting nominations for Washington, DC until April 9.

On March 26, Jake Steinfeld and Governor Tom Corbett announced the youth fitness campaign in Pennsylvania. “Pennsylvania is proud to partner with the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils,” said Governor Corbett. “It’s so important for kids to learn early that exercise and living a healthy lifestyle will help them to better in school and ultimately serve them for the rest of their lives.” Nominations for Pennsylvania will be accepted until April 20. More information can be found at: www.nationalgovcouncil.org.More

Policy Corner: STOP Obesity Alliance Offers Resources

While the proliferation of cause- and issue-related organizations can be dizzying, it also provides a rich array of resources. Discriminating advocates know the importance of citing only solid data and making defensible claims and arguments.

Among the many organizations with which ACSM partners is the Stop Obesity Alliance, operating out of the Department of Health Policy of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services. The current STOP Obesity Alliance newsletter contains event announcements, news clips and updates on advocacy efforts in the shared battle against obesity in America.

The organization’s website offers a wealth of fact sheets, links and other resources. More

CDC Online Course Offers Concussion Training, CEUs

With support from the National Football League and CDC Foundation, the CDC has created a new FREE online training to provide health care professionals with an overview of what they need to know about concussion among young athletes. The goal of this course, Heads Up to Clinicians: Addressing Concussion in Sports among Kids and Teens, is to prepare health care professionals to diagnose and manage concussions on the sidelines, in their office, training room, or in the emergency department.

In this course health care professionals will:

To view the course or for more information, visit: www.cdc.gov/Concussion. More

Ringside Physicians to Meet in San Francisco, Offer One-Day Essentials and Updates Course

The Association of Ringside Physicians, a clinical partner of ACSM, will meet Saturday, June 2nd, in conjunction with ACSM's 59th Annual Meeting and 3rd World Congress on Exercise is Medicine in San Francisco. ARP will present a Ringside Physician course, with CME credit, in which participants can learn both essentials and key updates on playing the role of Ringside Physician. This is one of the most important health and safety aspects in the sports of boxing, Mixed Martial Arts, and other combat sports in which millions of athletes around the world participate at all levels. Watch future issues of SMB for more information.More

How to Use the Weight Room Wisely
Chicago Tribune
Along with cardio and flexibility work, a good strength-training program is essential for a healthy daily life. If you want to safely lug groceries, pick up kids or swing a golf club, strong muscles are key, especially as we age. Studies have shown that strength training also reduces the risk of osteoporosis.

But building muscle isn't just about grabbing a dumbbell and heaving. Proper technique is necessary to avoid injury and make progress. Lift too little and you won't gain much. Lift too much and you risk getting hurt. Here's what our experts say to consider when it comes to a basic, strength-training program. More

More Trainers Called On For Nutrition Advice
Huffington Post
Have you ever asked a trusted trainer or your favorite spin instructor for diet advice? You're not the only one.

Turns out, trainers are often called on to dispense nutrition advice, according to a consensus from a pre-conference panel at this year's American College of Sports Medicine Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition. More