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In this issue:

Q&A - The Institute of Medicine’s New Recommendations on Youth Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes
Active Voice: Aggravation of Exercise-Induced Intestinal Injury by Ibuprofen in Athletes
Jan. 18 Deadline for ACSM Grant Funding Opportunities
Policy Corner: NIH, CDC, NSF Still Cliffhanging
Register For ACSM Team Physician Course
Upcoming Regional Chapter Meetings
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines



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Q&A — The Institute of Medicine's New Recommendations on Youth Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes
By Russell R. Pate, Ph.D., FACSM    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Russell R. Pate, Ph.D., FACSM, is professor and director of the Children’s Physical Activity Research Group and a faculty member in the Department of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. During his long career at USC, he has held several administrative positions including department chair and vice provost for health sciences. Russ is a past president of ACSM and of the ACSM Foundation. This year, he received ACSM’s Honor Award for his exceptional scientific achievements relating to physical activity interventions for children and adolescents. Dr. Pate has published more than 270 scholarly articles and his research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Heart Association and others. Of special relevance to the topic of this interview with SMB, Dr. Pate also serves as chair of the Coordinating Committee of the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan.

Dr. Pate served as chair of the Institute of Medicine committee that was charged with developing new science-based recommendations on physical fitness testing as a means of addressing health needs of American youth. Of special interest concerning the topic of this Q&A is the fact that six of the 11 members of this committee are accomplished scientists and educators who also are ACSM members. These IOM recommendations, published under the title
Fitness Measures and Health Outcomes in Youth, were released late in 2012. Dr. Pate kindly accepted SMB’s invitation to do this Q&A, sharing his views on the purpose of these new recommendations, the key elements, and their potential to help combat childhood obesity. As the IOM report is extensive, the content of this Q&A will be presented in two successive weeks. Part Two will be included in next week’s issue of SMB.

SMB: Youth fitness testing has been an integral part of physical education programs in our schools for many decades. What are the limitations in tests currently used and what led the IOM to develop these new recommendations?

Pate: The IOM report was prompted by the need to identify test items that would be appropriate for inclusion in a national survey of physical fitness in American youth. Such surveys were conducted in every decade between the 1950s and 1980s, but no national survey has been undertaken since then. A survey of modest scale is currently being conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventionunder the auspices of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). It is hoped that a large scale, field-based survey will be conducted before the end of the current decade. The IOM panel was charged with recommending valid test items, performance on which has been shown to be related to health characteristics in youth. Previous test batteries for use in schools and in surveys have comprised valid measures of fitness components that are known to be health-related, usually based on evidence in adults. The IOM panel’s job was distinct in that recommended test items were required to be health-related in youth. The panel found that such evidence was lacking for some test items that have been widely used as measures of fitness in young people.
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Active Voice: Aggravation of Exercise-Induced Intestinal Injury by Ibuprofen in Athletes
By Kim van Wijck, M.D.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Dr. Kim van Wijck is a surgical resident at the Department of General Surgery at ORBIS Medical Center, Maastricht, the Netherlands. Before the start of her clinical work, she was a researcher at Maastricht University Medical Center and Top Institute Food and Nutrition, the Netherlands. Her scientific interests relate to the understanding of physiological and pathophysiological changes in splanchnic perfusion in man. The latter, including the role of strenuous physical exercise on splanchnic perfusion and gastrointestinal wellbeing, is a part of her upcoming Ph.D. thesis.

This commentary presents Dr. Van Wijck’s views on the topic of a related research article which she and her colleagues published in the December 2012 issue of
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise®.

Pain killers are commonly used by athletes to prevent anticipated exercise-related pain. It is generally assumed that pain killers improve athletic performance by enabling more frequent and more intensive exercise. While there is no evidence that pain killers actually improve performance, evidence is accumulating that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), especially, exert hazardous effects on the cardiovascular and gastrointestinal system.
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Jan. 18 Deadline for ACSM Grant Funding Opportunities
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ACSM is now accepting applications for our 2013 Foundation Research Grant Program. In 2012, ACSM funded 25 grants through this program, awarding a total of $169,000 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 use Adobe Reader 9 to complete the application. The application deadline is Jan. 18. Contact Michael Dell at mdell@acsm.org or (317) 637-9200 ext. 143 with questions or for more information.


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Policy Corner: NIH, CDC, NSF Still Cliffhanging
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Before the close of the 112th Congress and before the country was to go over the "fiscal cliff," the U.S. Senate and House passed H.R. 8 – the Tax Relief Extension Act – to prevent some tax provisions from expiring and to delay sequestration-related spending cuts to all federal agencies.

While the deal addresses many of the tax-related components of the fiscal cliff, it delays dealing with spending cuts and sets the stage for the next major fiscal showdown. Already, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has notified Congress that that the debt ceiling has been reached and that action must be taken in the coming months. This will coincide with expiration of the sequester delay. Until Congress tackles spending cuts, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are still on the hook for having their budgets cut by almost 10%.

H.R. 8 passed the Senate with strong bipartisan support by a vote of 89-8. In the House, the legislation passed 257-167. In total, 85 House Republicans and 172 Democrats voted for the bill, while 151 Republicans and 16 Democrats voted against it. Some House Republicans opposed the bill because it did not include significant spending reductions. The legislation included the following major provisions:
  • Delay of sequestration for two months
  • Permanent extension of the Bush tax cuts for income below $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for families
  • Temporary extension of the farm bill for nine months
  • Prevention of rate cuts to doctors treating Medicare patients
H.R. 8 did not include significant deficit reduction measures, an increase in the debt ceiling, or entitlement reform.

ACSM policy staff will continue to follow relevant issues and provide Policy Corner updates.


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Register Now for ACSM Team Physician Course
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Physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, athletic trainers, school nurses, physical therapists and other health care professionals: register now for Essentials of Sports Medicine: From Sideline to Clinic. The ACSM Team Physician Course – Part II is the only conference to bring you the full range of athlete care and sports medicine, giving you a conference experience that extends beyond any one specialty. Courses do not need to be taken in sequential order.

Topics for this Course Include:
  • Team Administration
  • Lower Extremity Injuries in Athletes
  • Leg and Knee Problems in Athletes
  • Special Populations in Sports Medicine
  • The Spine in Athletes
  • Environmental Concerns in Sports
  • Hip, Groin, and Thigh Injuries in Athletes
  • Nutritional Issues in Sports Medicine
  • Conditioning and Rehabilitation
  • Issues in Athletes
  • Medical Conditions in Sports
  • Oral, Topical, Injectable Medications for Athletes
Registration is open! To register, click here.


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Upcoming Regional Chapter Meetings
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Here’s your opportunity to attend local educational meetings and opportunities to develop professional relationships with colleagues close to home through one of ACSM’s Regional Chapters. You can interact more directly and frequently with fellow sports medicine and exercise science professionals in one of twelve regional chapters. While specific benefits vary by Chapter, common benefits available for you to take advantage of in your chapter include:
  • Networking opportunities
  • Discounts on yearly chapter educational programs
  • Chapter Member newsletters
  • Student awards and scholarships
  • Leadership and professional growth opportunities
  • Chapter member forums
For more information on chapters, visit www.acsm.org/regional_chapters.

Listing of Upcoming Meetings:

Southeast Regional Chapter Annual Meeting
February 14-16
Greenville, SC
Visit www.seacsm.org for more information.

Texas Regional Chapter Annual Meeting
February 28-March 1
Austin, TX
Visit www.tacsm.org for more information.

New England Regional Chapter Spring Meeting
March 15
Storrs, CT
Visit www.neacsm.org for more information.

Northwest Regional Chapter Annual Meeting
March 15-16
Salem, OR
Visit www.acsmnorthwest.org for more information.

Rocky Mountain Regional Chapter Annual Meeting
April 5-6
Denver, CO
Visit www.rmacsm.org for more information.

Northland Regional Chapter Spring Tutorial Meeting
April 12
St. Cloud, MN
Visit www.northlandacsm.org for more information.
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Exercise and Science Headlines


Good and Bad, the Little Things Add Up in Fitness
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The past year in fitness has been alternately inspiring, vexing and diverting, as my revisiting of all of the Phys Ed columns published in 2012 makes clear. Taken as a whole, the latest exercise-related science tells us that the right types and amounts of exercise will almost certainly lengthen your life, strengthen your brain, affect your waistline and even clear debris from inside your body’s cells. But too much exercise, other 2012 science intimates, might have undesirable effects on your heart, while popping painkillers, donning stilettos and sitting and reading this column likewise have their costs.

With New Year’s exercise resolutions still fresh and hopefully unbroken on this, day two of 2013, it now seems like the perfect time to review these and other lessons of the past year in fitness science.
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Health Trends 2013: What To Expect
Huffington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
No one can know exactly what the year ahead will bring. But those who work in and monitor the fitness industry can make some pretty good guesses.

If 2012 could be defined by juice cleanses, boutique spinning classes and CrossFit, the year ahead will take these trends to the next level, with Starbucks and other major chains getting into the juice game, boutique fitness studios for every discipline and the heavy lifting principles of CrossFit moving from the box to the mainstream gym.
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