Sports Medicine Bulletin
Aug. 9, 2011

Active Voice: Sports Can Teach Us about Physical Activity Behavior: Skills Every Person Can Use
By Heather Chambliss, Ph.D., FACSM
Heather Chambliss, Ph.D., FACSM, is a Health Promotion faculty member in the department of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Memphis. She is an Exercise is Medicine® advisory board member, an ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exhibition Program Committee member and chair of ACSM's Behavioral Strategies Committee. Her areas of interest include physical activity promotion and health behavior change. Dr. Chambliss’ commentary was adapted from her recent presentation on a related topic at the 2011 ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exhibition in Anaheim, California.

As fitness and health professionals, we recognize that the successful translation of exercise prescription is long-term behavior change. Ultimately, the integration of behavior change skills is necessary for the maintenance of physical activity and fitness. Yet, facilitating behavior change is a challenge.

Behavior change is often approached from a "toolbox" perspective. In that toolbox are specific behavioral skills, including self-monitoring, goal setting, building social support, committing yourself, relapse prevention and enhancing motivation. This behavioral toolbox allows flexibility to tailor skills to individual needs and fitness goals. Despite this flexibility, it is often difficult to convey these skills to clients and patients in a fresh and meaningful way.More

Announcement for Basic & Applied Scientists: ACSM Participation in FASEB Directory

Starting this fall, ACSM will participate in the online and print version of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Directory. The directory is considered an essential reference for the life science community and gives the public instant, free access to a vast database of professionals across the country and around the world.

This will affect members designated in the basic and applied science interest area at ACSM, and we wanted to inform you of this decision. Your name and contact information will appear as a listing in the FASEB Directory, and you will be identified as an ACSM member. If you do not wish to have your contact information included in the FASEB Directory, please email membership@acsm.org by Aug. 23, 2011. Learn more about the FASEB Directory.More

Policy Corner: Congress Raises Debt Ceiling, Lays Out Deficit Reduction Plans

Just hours before the U.S. Treasury Department was set to reach the end of its borrowing authority, Congress reached a deal to raise the debt ceiling and also provide for major reductions in long-term federal spending. Although plans for where reductions in federal spending will occur will not be ironed out until a special 12-member Congressional "Super Commission" completes its work in November, the final bill provided for raising the debt ceiling through early 2013 and mandated at least $2.1 trillion dollars in deficit reduction over the next decade. After lengthy battles, the House and Senate finally approved the bill by wide margins.

Speculation about which federal programs will be targeted for the deepest cuts is already underway in Washington. Under the deal, discretionary spending—which funds the NIH, NSF, CDC and other science agencies—will be slashed by $21 billion in 2012. Over the next ten years, discretionary spending levels will be further reduced by nearly a trillion dollars, forcing every federal agency to look hard at its priorities.More

Historic Step Forward #1: ACSM Creating an Evidence-Based Specialist Position and Office - Call for Applications and Nominations

ACSM will soon be taking a number of historic steps to make ACSM even more of a leader in evidence-based science, practice and policy. The College is now accepting applications and nominations for the position of vice president for evidence-based practice and scientific affairs. This position will be responsible for advancing ACSM's leadership of and contribution of evidence-based activities. Candidates with a depth of knowledge and seasoned, successful experience in all aspects of evidence methods, systematic review and meta-analyses are encouraged to apply. View full job description.

Core responsibilities of the vice president for evidence-based practice and scientific affairs will include (view more detail online):

Please help promote this substantial employment opportunity. If you or your professional colleagues have interest in this position, we encourage you to apply or nominate someone.More

Historic Step Forward #2 : ACSM and Sanford Health Creating the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute - Call for Applications and Nominations for the Institute's Program Officer

ACSM and Sanford Health—the largest rural, not-for-profit healthcare system in the United States with a presence in 111 communities and expanding internationally – are joining up to establish the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute. A national search is being launched to identify a program officer to oversee day-to-day operations of this new center. View full job description.

The program officer will play an integral role in planning, creating and managing all program initiatives for the Institute. The Institute, which will be housed in Indianapolis at the ACSM National Center, will have an initial programmatic emphasis on these four pillars:

Please help promote this substantial employment opportunity. If you or your professional colleagues have interest in this position, we encourage you to apply or nominate someone.More

EIM Goes on the Air in Malaysia

Adrian Hutber, Ph.D., is the globe-trotting vice president of Exercise is Medicine. Recently, he appeared on a morning television show during a visit to Malaysia. The hosts readily picked up on the major themes of EIM and its potential to alter the public health equation. View the full interview online.More

High Temperatures, Big Football Players Are Dangerous Combination
Los Angeles Times
The risk of heat-related illnesses for high-school football players is higher than ever due to record high temperatures around the country and the fact that football players these days are bigger than ever.

The combination is leading to a rise in the number of heat-related illnesses and deaths, said experts from the Union of Concerned Scientists in a news conference Thursday.

The death rate during football practice was about one death per year from 1980 to 1994 but has risen to 2.8 deaths per year since then, according to climatologist Andrew Grundstein of the University of Georgia. In recent days, one high school football coach and three players have died. More

The New Weekend Warrior: Adventure Races Gain Popularity among Joggers
The Kansas City Star
Greg Ripley inched under barbed wire, climbed up cargo nets, clambered over junked cars and leapt through a pit of fire.

His training for the Warrior Dash was a little more sedate: pushing his 6-month-old daughter's stroller during uphill runs.

Ripley, 38, of Minneapolis, Minn., is one of thousands of weekend athletes who signed up for the Warrior Dash, just one of the boundary-pushing, ego-boosting events that are gaining popularity worldwide and have exploded this summer. The races provide not just fitness challenges but all-out music festivals with spectators, food and costumes. More

Spotting and Taming Signs of Heatstroke
The Wall Street Journal
Exercising outside can be one of the great pleasures of summer. But a sweaty body and racing pulse may be signaling more than your performance—it could be a sign of life-threatening heatstroke.

Heatstroke can strike with scant warning, even after as little as a half hour if you are exercising hard, doctors say. Although drinking plenty of water can help, you can still get heatstroke even if you aren't dehydrated, particularly while exercising. Complicating matters, experts have sharply divergent guidelines on how to treat a person suffering from the condition.

Heatstroke hits when exertion or external heat, or both, overwhelm the body's ability to regulate its temperature. As internal temperatures climb, cells of the body can be damaged—causing organ failure, brain dysfunction and, potentially, coma or death. More