Sports Medicine Bulletin
Sept. 28, 2010

Active Voice: Managing Chronic Disease Using Technologically Driven Wellness Solutions
By Dan Lynch
Active Voice is a column by experts in science, medicine and allied health. The viewpoints expressed do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Dan Lynch, president of VisionBridge, has extensive experience in developing medically integrated health and wellness centers. He provided leadership on the ACSM Preventive and Rehabilitative Exercise Committee in efforts that led to the early preventive exercise certifications. He has written several articles for
ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® on subjects related to this column.

Ken Dychtwald wrote about the aging of America in Age Wave in 1989. He discussed the tremendous influence baby boomers would have on the opportunities and challenges of the future. In today’s world we are experiencing both ends of that perspective, though in reverse order: from challenges to opportunities.

The challenge in the health care environment is the rapid rise in the cost of health care. This rise is due to many causes, but one of the primary reasons relates to individual lifestyle choices that have led to premature chronic illnesses. Recent data indicates that only 12 percent of Americans over the age of 16 (of whom there are approximately 238 million) belong to health clubs, and a whopping 69 percent of the total American population have NEVER belonged to a health club. This recent data are not surprising since I have observed that upwards of 55 percent of members in medically integrated health-and-fitness centers come from what I call "first-time joiners."More

Policy Corner: Concussion Advocacy on Capitol Hill

Members of Congress turned to ACSM Sept. 23 for guidance on concussion policy. A full day on the Hill included a committee hearing (Education & Labor, chaired by Rep. George Miller), a briefing co-sponsored by ACSM and the NFL, and individual meetings with legislators and staff. Sandwiched in between were interviews with CBS News, Dan Rather Reports, and other media. Three Members of Congress spoke at the briefing, reflecting the timeliness and gravity of the subject.

The purpose was to help shape federal laws on concussion in student athletes, part of ACSM’s initiative to enhance the health and safety of youth athletes. Testimony and recommendations were founded on the latest research, informed by clinical experience, and personified by the recollections of a teen who struggled after being concussed and returned to play too soon.More

Corporate Partnership Shows EIM in Action

As Exercise is Medicine®’s global presence steadily expands, many of our partners are celebrating successful implementation of the program with their patients. EIM’s global partner Technogym is one example of a corporation that has helped raise Exercise is Medicine to new heights.

Technogym client FirstHealth is a notable example of an organization that has successfully implemented the Exercise is Medicine program. FirstHealth partners with the Center for Health & Fitness-Pinehurst (NC) to implement their program as the center offers the high-tech Technogym Wellness System. The system electronically collects data as the patient exercises, and the information is then made available to the exercise specialist and physician for tracking. FirstHealth has already experienced great success among their patients. Read the full story.More

Call for Applicants: ACSM Grant Funding Opportunities Now Available

ACSM is now accepting applications for our 2011 Foundation Research Grant Program. In 2010, ACSM funded 25 grants through this program, awarding a total of $165,000 to researchers.

Members ranging from graduate students to experienced professionals are eligible to apply for these funding opportunities. Download the application today.

Please note that you must download Adobe Reader 9 to complete the application. The application deadline is Jan. 21, 2011. Contact Michael Dell at mdell@acsm.org or (317) 637-9200 ext. 143 with questions or for more information. More

An Inside Look: October 2010 Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

Check out the October issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE) online now. ACSM members can access the journal for free – simply log in at the ACSM website and click “My ACSM.”

MSSE Editor-in-Chief Andrew J. Young, Ph.D., FACSM offers his insights into the October issue.More

There's Still Time to Give Your Feedback on SMB

We’ve extended the deadline for our SMB survey through Wednesday, Sept. 29. If you haven’t already done so, please complete our short, seven-question survey to tell us what you think about your weekly SMB.

ACSM will use your anonymous feedback from this brief survey to guide content decisions over the coming year. Your ideas will ensure that SMB remains relevant and interesting to ACSM members. Click here to take the survey.More

Phys Ed: Can Exercise Make Kids Smarter?
The New York Times
In an experiment published last month, researchers recruited schoolchildren, ages 9 and 10, who lived near the Champaign-Urbana campus of the University of Illinois and asked them to run on a treadmill. The researchers were hoping to learn more about how fitness affects the immature human brain. Animal studies had already established that, when given access to running wheels, baby rodents bulked up their brains, enlarging certain areas and subsequently outperforming sedentary pups on rodent intelligence tests. But studies of the effect of exercise on the actual shape and function of children’s brains had not yet been tried.

So the researchers sorted the children, based on their treadmill runs, into highest-, lowest- and median-fit categories. Only the most- and least-fit groups continued in the study (to provide the greatest contrast). Both groups completed a series of cognitive challenges involving watching directional arrows on a computer screen and pushing certain keys in order to test how well the children filter out unnecessary information and attend to relevant cues. Finally, the children’s brains were scanned, using magnetic resonance imaging technology to measure the volume of specific areas. More

Teens, Sports, and Injuries
FamilyGoesStrong.com
You’ve heard the horror stories. Just last month, more than a dozen high school football players in Oregon ended up in an emergency room (three needed surgery) after doing too many push-ups and “chair dips” in a hot workout room.

Football isn’t the only culprit. The number of young athletes treated for concussions in hospital emergency rooms has doubled in a decade, with a Pediatrics study finding the highest concussion rates among 12- to 17-year-olds in ice hockey, football, soccer, basketball, and baseball. Later this week the American College of Sports Medicine will host a congressional briefing on youth sports and concussion. More