Sports Medicine Bulletin
Nov. 30, 2010

New Policy Video Outlines U.S. Post-Election Strategy to Advance Science and Health

Craig Piercy of Bose Public Affairs Group briefed ACSM’s Board of Trustees at their Nov. 6 meeting, then sat down to discuss how advocates of physical activity might frame policy proposals given the sea-change brought on by the mid-term elections. Key to winning Congressional support, according to Piercy, will be demonstrating cost savings through measures that keep people healthy.More

Advance Program Now Available for ACSM's Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition

With brand-new lecture tracks and programming, keynote speakers, cutting-edge products, heart-pumping workouts and great student deals, ACSM’s 15th Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition has what today’s health and fitness professional is looking for.

The 2011 Summit will be held April 13-16 in Anaheim, California. View all of the program details in the Advance Program, or register today. New this year for early bird registrants – pay in two installments.

Ask a question on the Summit Faculty Member blog! Featured this week, Dixie Stanforth, Ph.D.More

Policy Corner: Lame Ducks and Low Expectations

Along with watching Thanksgiving Day bowl games and parades, the sport of choice for many in the U.S. this time of year is politics. Pundits, analysts and insiders toss around the term “lame duck” as frequently as quarterbacks throw the football. Let’s look at the phrase and its implications as the 111th Congress lumbers toward the end of regulation play.

Lame ducks are lawmakers who were not re-elected in November, holding office only until their successors are sworn in January 3. Sessions of Congress held after mid-term elections in even-numbered years are known as lame duck sessions. Members concerned with vacating their offices may be tempted to put forth minimal effort. Lame duck sessions are considered so problematic that only 11 states allow them for their state legislatures.

Most concerning are lame duck sessions following elections in which one party loses control of one or both houses of Congress, as happened Nov. 2 when Republicans regained the House. One fear is that embittered members, facing involuntary retirement, will sabotage good legislation or turn bad bills into worse laws.More

Save the Date - 2012 International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport

The International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee, International Federation of Sports Medicine and the International Council for Sport Science and Physical Education are proud to announce that the next International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS) will be held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow, Scotland from July 19-24, 2012. The convention will take place just before the Opening Ceremonies for the 2012 Olympic Games.

ACSM is a proud partner of ICSEMIS. ICSEMIS is the largest sport science and medicine conference in the world, attracting researchers, students and practitioners from across the globe. Attend ICSEMIS and share this unique opportunity for multi-and inter-disciplinary scientific exchange in the days leading up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.More

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

Check out the December issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE), available 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 December issue:More

Don't Miss Upcoming Sports Medicine & Fitness Shows on HealthRadio

HealthRadio’s Sports Medicine & Fitness Show continues to grow in popularity and share vital information on exercise science and sports medicine with the public. Tune in every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. ET to hear host Melanie Cole interview ACSM experts on topics ranging from nutrition during the holidays to exercise and the common cold.

Interested in sharing your expertise on HealthRadio? Send an e-mail with your proposed topic/s and a brief bio to Ashley Crockett-Lohr at

Upcoming guests on HealthRadio’s Sports Medicine & Fitness Show include:

Plus – more than 200 podcasts of past segments are available on HealthRadio’s website. Download your choice of podcast and listen to ACSM experts at your computer or on the go.More

It's Time for Recess: Just Keep on Moving
The New York Times
We all know by now that we should be getting 30 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous physical activity on most days. Yet for all the proselytizing, wheedling and cajoling, only about 5 percent of the population has bought into the program.

“Being sedentary is the norm in America,” writes Dr. Toni Yancey, a professor of health services at the University of California, Los Angeles. Thanks to the plethora of labor-saving devices and motorized vehicles, we now “spend most of our waking time sitting, reclining or lying down.”More

School, Homework, Pump Iron
The Wall Street Journal
Twelve-year-old Amanda Starr and her 10-year-old sister, Natalie, use medicine-ball exercises to build muscle. "I can do 15 military-style pushups," says Natalie, a San Diego fifth-grader, noting that six months ago she could do only seven.

The Starr sisters are part of a nascent muscle-strengthening craze among the nation's young. Strength training, once limited to high school football teams, has become a standard workout feature for participants in youth soccer, swimming, wrestling, basketball and baseball. And it is fast catching hold among kids who don't play organized sports at all. More