Sports Medicine Bulletin
Apr. 29, 2014

Active Voice: ACSM President Elect Places a Priority on Children, Inclusiveness and Challenges to the College
By Carol E. Garber, Ph.D., FACSM
ACSM President Elect Carol Ewing Garber, Ph.D., FACSM, RCEP, is the Director of the Graduate Program in Applied Physiology and the Applied Physiology Laboratory at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she is proud to follow in the footsteps of ACSM Founder, Dr. Josephine Rathbone. As chair of the Program Committee, she has enjoyed working with the dedicated and talented members of that committee and the spectacular ACSM staff to develop an exciting Annual Meeting next month in Orlando which commemorates the College's 60th Anniversary.

Dr. Garber shared some of her goals during her Presidency.

SMB: Dr. Garber, you have indicated that you want to focus on children. How do you expect to carry this out?

Dr. Garber: First, we have a number of exciting sessions at the Annual Meeting that will focus on children's health, fitness, academic achievement and youth sports. These sessions will showcase the scientific research, clinical care and policy issues around physical activity and sports affecting children and their families. In a correlated initiative, a writing group is now preparing ACSM's first Evidence Based Position Stand on physical activity and academic achievement in youth. Having this systematic scientific foundation will be essential for furthering our advocacy efforts to ensure that every child has access to quality physical education and opportunities for daily physical activity. Expanding ACSM's efforts to promote the healthy youth athlete is yet another related priority and, in this area, we will work to advocate ways to increase opportunities for children and adolescents to participate in safe and enjoyable sports. Continuing our advocacy, scientific and clinical work in sports concussion, screening, and return to play is critical, and I hope to extend our leadership in that area to other troublesome areas, such as bullying. Devoting ACSM energies toward developing training and credentials for coaches of youth sports is one way to step forward in this area. In addition, youth sport provides an excellent vehicle to reach kids, parents and adult caregivers to promote lifetime physical activity and other healthy behaviors, such as abstaining from tobacco products. It is important that ACSM programs directed toward youth athletes capitalize on opportunities to promote the broader message about physical activity and health to youth athletes and their families. In this way, sports can be a vehicle used to combat sedentariness that accompanies "spectatoritis."


May is Exercise is Medicine® Month

For the 7th consecutive year, Exercise is Medicine® Month continues this May to recognize all those who are in support of and advocate for the benefits of exercise across the country! During May, communities throughout the U.S. will hold activities that recognize that physical activity and exercise — shown to help prevent and treat more than 40 chronic diseases — should be part of everyone's health care plan. Since 2010, Exercise is Medicine® Month has been proclaimed by mayors, governors, Congress and the President. Individuals and organizations of all kinds, from youth groups to universities, churches, fitness centers, corporations and hospitals, hold events aimed at keeping people active and healthy.

For more information on how you can get involved, download our EIM Month Toolkit to learn more.


Policy Corner: ACSM Stages Congressional Briefing Today on the 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth

ACSM is staging with the National Physical Plan Alliance (as opposed to hosting) a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, this afternoon to announce the release of the 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth. The Briefing is supported by the Congressional Fitness Congress, co-chaired by Representative Ron Kind and Representative Aaron Schock, and the Youth Sports Caucus, co-chaired by Rep. Mike McIntyre & Rep. Jim Jordan.

The primary goal of the 2014 United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth is to assess levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviors in American children and youth, facilitators and barriers for physical activity, and related health outcomes. The Report Card is an authoritative, evidence-based document providing a comprehensive evaluation of the physical activity levels and the indicators influencing physical activity among children and youth in the United States. Peter Katzmarzyk, FACSM, served as the chair of the research advisory committee for this project and Russ Pate, FACSM, also served on the research committee.

This Report Card is part of a global surveillance and assessment initiative, in which report cards will be produced regularly to provide both international comparisons and national insights, to the end of helping to gauge current status and measure progress over time, as well as to encourage innovative and effective approaches to increasing level of physical activity for health and other benefits in children and youth.

Be an advocate for the report in your community! Feel free to distribute copies of this report to community leaders and talk to them about the importance of physical activity to our children’s future. Following the Briefing, we will be sharing a copy of the Report Card plus tips on how to take action in the U.S. and around the world. Please contact ACSM's VP of Governmental Affairs, Monte Ward, with any questions at


Exhibit Hall Space Still Available at ACSM Annual Meeting

Only a few spots remain in the ACSM Exhibit Hall at The American College of Sports Medicine's 61st Annual Meeting, 5th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on the Role of Inflammation in Exercise, Health and Disease in Orlando, FL from May 27-31, 2014.

Please contact Anne Krug in the ACSM Meetings Department for more information.

Any member who provides a contact for a company that becomes a first-time exhibitor will be entered in a drawing for a complimentary registration for the 2015 meeting.


New ESSR Issue Online

The April 2014 issue of Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews is available online now! Articles include:

Make sure to download the Journal Club questions and covered article, "Fiber Typing in Aging Muscle" by authors Fennigje M. Purves-Smith, Nicolas Sgarioto, and Russell T. Hepple.

*Access to the journal varies by member type. ACSM Professional members must login at the ACSM Web site and then click on the "Access My Journals" link.


Sports Medicine Specialists See Rise in Trampoline-related Injuries
In an instant, a day of fun at a trampoline park turned into a trip to the emergency room for 12-year-old Sherri Zeitun.

"It happened so fast I couldn't even stand on it," she said.

"They were jumping with other kids we don't know if the same age and a kid jumped on her and that's it, the leg broke," explained Sherri's mom Raquel Zeitun.

Sports Medicine Specialist Dr. Eric Eisner says it's an all too common occurrence, especially with the advent of trampoline parks.

"You have a bunch of kids all different sizes where they're doing activities that aren't just jumping up and down on the trampoline," he said.

Eisner says he is seeing an increase in upper and lower extremity fractures and sprains.

"You're taking kids who &mash; as they're growing they're coordination is developing — then you're asking them as they're playing dodge ball or basketball they're jumping up and down and trying to do tricks and it's just a set up for injuries," he warned.

And sometimes those injuries can be severe. More

When Exercising, Don't Skip Stretching
Asbury Park Press
It's no stretch to say that a lot of us underestimate the value of flexibility.

While it's true that stretching won't strengthen your heart or flatten your stomach, it can help you reach those goals more efficiently. Aerobic exercise and strength training need muscles that are in balance and work smoothly. That's where stretching comes in — as a complement to the activity you choose. It's so important the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) includes flexibility training in its recommendations for staying fit.

Exercise, and other factors, can cause your muscles to shorten. By regularly stretching the muscles, you counteract that shortening. Stretching promotes flexibility, allowing you to move your muscles and joints through their full range of motion.

Muscles that are warmed up before being put under a sudden stress are more likely to be able to handle the stress. Mild warm-up exercises before vigorous exertion is always recommended.