Sports Medicine Bulletin
Nov. 12, 2013

Active Voice: Understanding the ACSM Foundation - Making Crucial Contributions to Priority Programs and How You Can Help
By James M. Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM
James M. Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor in both the Departments of Kinesiology and Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Michigan State University in East Lansing. At MSU, he also directs the Human Energy Research Laboratory and the Center for Physical Activity and Health and is the Research Integrity Officer for the university. He has an extensive and distinguished history of leadership service to ACSM, including his current position as President of the ACSM Foundation. Dr. Pivarnik was President of ACSM in 2009-2010.

In 2012, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) provided me another exciting opportunity to serve its membership. Specifically, I was asked to be, and humbly accepted the position as President of the ACSM Foundation.

While most ACSM members know we have a foundation, few know much about how it works. The Foundation acquires, manages, and grows resources necessary for ACSM to fulfill its mission and vision...with special emphasis on supporting research that provides scientific information vital to human health and performance. More

ACSM Joins Sport Leaders at Launch of PASS (Protecting Athletes and Sports Safety) Initiative

Left to right:
Eliot Sorel (Department of Global Health, George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services; conference co-chair)
David Satcher (16th U. S. Surgeon General, Satcher Health Leadership Institute)
Mark Johnson (Howard University School of Medicine; conference co-chair)

Leaders from various realms of sport, including ACSM, came together at the National Conference on Youth Sports Safety for the announcement of a national movement to make sports safer for America's youth last week. PASS (Protecting Athletes and Sports Safety) was announced on Friday at the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Barbara Jordan Conference Center in Washington, DC. Former U.S. Surgeon General, David Satcher, gave remarks at the launch. Satcher stressed that that PASS was not created to change the culture or nature of sports, but to influence it. Another of PASS’s priorities will be to get children more physically active through participation in sports, and ensure that sports participation is safe. Concussion and head injuries will be a key focus. To learn more about PASS, please visit

Register Now for Exciting Upcoming Meetings

Advanced Team Physician Course
The 2013 Advanced Team Physician Course is right around the corner -- December 5-8 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Check out the Preliminary Program to review all the interesting and engaging topics to be highlighted during the course, including dynamic discussions on concussion management, sports psychology, ultrasounds and so much more.

Register and book your housing today. See you in Las Vegas!

Developing the Healthy Youth Athlete: the Public Health Challenge and Opportunity
Register now for “Developing the Healthy Youth Athlete: the Public Health Challenge and Opportunity”. This conference, which will be held February 11-12, 2014, in Lake Buena Vista, FL, will engage in dynamic conversations focused on redefining youth sports and raising children who are “athletes for life”. Topics will address significant public health challenges while embracing opportunities for collaboration and building momentum for youth sports initiatives and programs in the U.S. that are addressing the needs of youth across America. To view the conference agenda, hotel information, or to register, please visit

Policy Corner: Congressional Briefing on Youth Sports Safety; Focus on Girls in Sport

On the heels of a successful briefing (Oct. 30) with the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion, ACSM is staging another briefing to educate and activate Members of Congress and their staff on timely issues relevant to society at large and the ACSM mission.

ACSM and the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute will host a congressional briefing tomorrow titled "Healthy & Safe Participation & Athletic Development in Youth Sports – A Call to Action." At the briefing, Michael Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM, and other NYSHSI leaders will provide an overview of the Institute’s mission and goals. They will also introduce an exciting new initiative and strategy focusing on healthy and safe participation and athletic development in girls. DC-area ACSM members are encouraged to attend. The briefing will be held this Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 2:00 p.m. in Room 2226 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Prior to the briefing, the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports co‐chairs, Reps. Mike McIntyre and Jim Jordan, will host a news conference at 11:00 a.m. to announce the 113th Congress Youth Sports Legislative Agenda.

Next week’s SMB will cover highlights of the briefing and news conference. For information about the ACSM policy program, contact Monte Ward, vice president of government relations:

On the Passing of Fredrick Hagerman, Ph.D., FACSM

Dr. Fritz Hagerman left a legacy of strong published work and decades of teaching and mentoring when he passed away Oct. 30. In more than 40 years at Ohio University, he earned a reputation as an outstanding mentor to graduate students and junior faculty. Even after retiring from formal teaching in 2001, Dr. Hagerman maintained an active laboratory.

Dr. Hagerman published more than 60 papers, including many in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. A dedicated marathon runner, he also helped train U.S. Olympic and world championship rowing teams, for which he was honored with U.S. Rowing's 2013 Jack Kelly award.

ACSM joins his many colleagues, students, friends and family in honoring Dr. Hagerman's life, career and contributions to the field. For more information, please see an obituary in the Athens Messenger. More

Enter FASEB's Stand Up for Science Video Competition

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), of which ACSM is an affiliate society, is sponsoring the second annual Stand Up For Science competition. This year, FASEB's goal is to increase the awareness of the critical role of federal agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, in funding biomedical and biological research. Individuals or groups are invited to submit a creative one-to-four-minute video on this theme. Submissions will be accepted through Nov. 30, 2013. The grand prize winner, to be announced in February, will receive $5,000.

For contest information, or for a promotional flyer, banner ads and other marketing pieces, please visit the Stand Up for Science competition website. For additional inquiries, please contact More

What's Your 'Fitness Age'?
NY Times Magazine
This article appears in the Nov. 3, 2013 issue of The New York Times Magazine.

Trying to quantify your aerobic fitness is a daunting task. It usually requires access to an exercise-physiology lab. But researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim have developed a remarkably low-tech means of precisely assessing aerobic fitness and estimating your “fitness age,” or how well your body functions physically, relative to how well it should work, given your age.

The researchers evaluated almost 5,000 Norwegians between the ages of 20 and 90, using mobile labs. They took about a dozen measurements, including height, body mass index, resting heart rate, HDL and total cholesterol levels. Each person also filled out a lengthy lifestyle questionnaire. Finally, each volunteer ran to the point of exhaustion on a treadmill to pinpoint his or her peak oxygen intake (VO2 max), or how well the body delivers oxygen to its cells. VO2 max has been shown in large-scale studies to closely correlate with significantly augmented life spans, even among the elderly or overweight. In other words, VO2 max can indicate fitness age. More

Personal Trainers Who Bring the Gym to You
Imagine this: Instead of you going to the gym, the gym comes to you, arriving at your home or office at the appointed time, with an energetic personal trainer ready to put you through a workout.

That's the concept behind GYMGUYZ, a "gym to go" service. The founder, longtime personal trainer Josh York of Plainview, used $15,000 -- most of his life savings -- to launch the company in 2008. He had one employee (himself) and one van.

He now has 636 clients, most of them on Long Island, a staff of 15 certified personal trainers and a fleet of Ford E-250 cargo vans. He hopes to franchise the concept around the country.

York, 30, got the idea while training one of his clients in a health club in New Hyde Park, which is also where he grew up. "She said, 'I wish you could come to my house, but I have no equipment,' " he said. "The lightbulb went off. I said, 'This is so simple,' but the best ideas are simple." More