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In this issue:

Active Voice: Athletes and the Arts — Make a Difference!
Healthy Youth Athlete Conference Highlights Weeklong Lineup
Register Today or Tomorrow to Attend Summit for Maximum Savings
Policy Corner: ACSM, Kaiser Permanente Team up to Promote Walking Prescription
Deadline Approaching to Apply for 2014 Gatorade Sports Science Institute Awards
IAWHP Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to Feb. 17
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines
 
 


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Active Voice: Athletes and the Arts — Make a Difference!
By Randall W. Dick, M.S., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Randy Dick, M.S., FACSM, is a past member of the ACSM Board of Trustees. He worked for 20 years with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, managing its sports medicine and injury prevention programs. He now serves on the US Lacrosse Sports Science Committee and has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications. In 2008, Randy joined Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, where he is working with real-world data and health outcomes. Two of his current consulting projects are Athletes and the Arts (AATA) and Major League Baseball injury surveillance/research.

AATA is a collaborative enterprise aimed at better understanding health, physical performance, and physical activity needs unique to performing artists. ACSM is a founding sponsor, helping to establish ideas for the development of research, education, and wellness interventions to meet specific needs of performing artists. In this issue, SMB is pleased to share Randy’s perspective on the goals and activities of AATA. He presents an extensive description of the issues and plans for this novel initiative in the Nov/Dec 2013 issue of ACSM’s Current Sports Medicine Reports. The article is available online for full-text access through the end of February.


Performing artists are athletes. Just like all athletes, they:
  • Practice or perform almost every day
  • Play through pain
  • Compete in challenging environments
  • Experience little “off season”
  • Face extreme competition
  • Risk the temptation of substance abuse
  • Face real risk of career-threatening injury
Yet, performing artists rarely have access to the nutritional, injury prevention, training and over-arching practice and competition guidelines afforded most sport athletes, even at the youth level. Performing artists (musicians, dancers, singers, conductors, actors, marching band members, etc., of all ages) NEED this information, along with education and research associated with unique performance-related problems such as hearing loss.

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Healthy Youth Athlete Conference Highlights Weeklong Lineup
If it were an Olympic event for those who train and care for youth athletes, this week would be a marathon. The Feb. 11-12 conference, "Developing the Healthy Youth Athlete: The Public Health Challenge and Opportunity," is the cornerstone of an array of events bringing together health professionals, youth sports officials, scientists and thought leaders. Look for highlights in next week's SMB on the Healthy Youth Athlete conference and other partner events including:
  • A roundtable with the Aspen Institute/Project Play, "Off the Bench: How to Get Health Pros into the Game of Youth Sports?"
  • A board meeting of the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute
  • The annual meeting of the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine & Science
  • A meeting of the National Sports Concussion Coalition
In sum, these discrete events add up to a top-level exploration of issues and opportunities in youth sports, all aimed at helping people safely enjoy being physically active throughout the lifespan.

ACSM and our partners will provide updates throughout the week across our social media channels. Follow the developments on Twitter and Facebook during this extraordinary week, and look for additional reports in upcoming issues of Sports Medicine Bulletin.

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Register Today or Tomorrow to Attend Summit for Special Savings
Register by Feb. 12 for the ACSM Health & Fitness Summit and receive a discounted price!

ACSM's Health and Fitness Summit Meeting is geared toward presenting applicable cutting edge research to Health and Fitness professionals. A wide range of disciplines are covered from nutrition, personal training and exercise program design to sports medicine and professional development. By attending this meeting you’ll have the chance to not only listen to leaders in the health and fitness field talk about new advances and controversies, but you’ll also get to participate in hands-on workouts. If you’re interested in promoting health and fitness to people of all ages and capabilities, this meeting will expose you to a wide range of information and future job possibilities! The 2014 Summit will kick off with pre-conferences and special events at the Hilton Atlanta Tuesday, April 1, and ends on Friday, April 4. You won’t want to miss the networking opportunities, exhibits and workouts.

Visit www.acsmsummit.org for more information.

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Policy Corner: ACSM, Kaiser Permanente Team up to Promote Walking Prescription
Kaiser Permanente and the American College of Sports Medicine have announced a partnership to advance the burgeoning Every Body Walk! campaign. ACSM, a medical and scientific society which is already a lead partner in the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, will help engage physicians and other medical professionals to encourage walking to prevent and reduce chronic diseases.

The appeal of walking as Americans' favorite form of exercise was highlighted at the 2013 Walking Summit, held Oct. 1-3 in Washington, DC. Almost 400 representatives from scores of partner organizations gathered to plan strategies based on the latest research and best practices. Survey results released at the Summit show that Americans overwhelmingly favor street designs that make walking safer and that they want to walk more, but also identified barriers that keep people from doing so. (For information on the 2013 Walking Summit, please click here).

The Every Body Walk! Collaborative's diverse partner organizations reflect the numerous complementary benefits of walking. From health care providers like Kaiser Permanente and high-profile advocates such as America Walks to government agencies, business leaders, school advocates and trade organizations, walking provides a common link to advancing their missions. Norris and Whitehead say they welcome inquiries from organizations that might consider joining the collaborative (contact info@everybodywalk.org). "We have so much to gain as individuals, organizations and a society," says Norris about accelerating the emerging national movement to promote walking and walkability. "With ACSM and our growing list of active partners, Every Body Walk! is poised for gratifying impact and results."

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Deadline Approaching to Apply for 2014 Gatorade Sports Science Institute Awards
ACSM is proud to partner with the Gatorade Sports Science Institute to offer three new awards that recognize outstanding young professionals and help foster research in sports nutrition and exercise physiology. If you submitted an abstract that was accepted for the 2014 Annual Meeting in Orlando, you might be eligible for these awards. These awards offer travel and research opportunities to a new generation of ACSM researchers and scientists.

The deadline to apply for all three awards is Feb 28.

GSSI — ACSM Young Scholar Travel Award
Two students in sports nutrition or exercise physiology will be selected for this reimbursement award for travel expenses up to $1,000 to attend the 2014 ACSM Annual Meeting.

GSSI — ACSM Young Investigator Award
This $2,500 award will recognize a junior scientist (age 32 or younger) in the field of sports medicine and/or exercise science whose work will be presented at the 2014 ACSM Annual Meeting.

GSSI — ACSM Sport Nutrition Award
This $3,000 award will recognize innovative research presented at the 2014 ACSM Annual Meeting that translates sports nutrition science for sports health professionals and athletes.

Additional information on the awards, including submission requirements and application forms, can be found here.

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IAWHP Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to Feb. 17
The 2014 Executive Summit on Worksite Health Promotion is designed for executives, practitioners & students. The event will provide the business justification for establishing & maintaining a WHP program as well as offer an understanding of the emerging trends in effective programming. Practical applications, case studies & best practices will be addressed. The 2014 IAWHP Executive Summit on Worksite Health Promotion will be held in Atlanta on April 1 in conjunction with the ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition.

Poster presentations will enhance the programming by showcasing research, innovative ideas and best practices in worksite health promotion.

Students and professionals are encouraged to submit peer presentation/poster abstracts by next Monday, Feb. 17. Accepted abstracts will be displayed as posters during the meeting, featured in IAWHP's Worksite Health International, and posted on the IAWHP website. An award for best poster will be given. Access full submission information & guidelines.

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SPORTS MEDICINE & EXERCISE SCIENCE HEADLINES

Headlines include recent stories in the media on sports medicine and exercise science topics and do not reflect ACSM statements, views or endorsements. Headlines are meant to inform members on what the public is reading and hearing about the field.


The Surprising Connection Between Kids' Health and Academic Achievement: What Parents Can Do to Ensure All Kids Succeed
The Huffington Post
American children's academic performance in relation to their global peers is concerning. As mentioned previously, a recent study from OECD Programme for International Student Assessment noted the U.S. is 17th in reading, 21st in science and 26th in math. The drive for academic achievement can often overshadow child's health and wellness, with schools cutting valuable PE class or minutes at the lunch hour to squeeze in more instruction time, yet research shows that student health ultimately impacts learning and behavior. Our current approach to education may undermine the benefits physical activity and good nutrition can contribute to a child's ability to learn and thrive. Parents can champion the "learning connection" between healthy students and improved academic achievement, and lead the way in their communities to ensure kids get the physical activity and proper nutrition needed for success in the classroom.
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Sisterhood Shown to Be Powerful Incentive at Women's Gyms
Reuters
Women-only gyms, once seen as the exercise alternative for out of shape women of a certain age, are actively shedding that reputation, fitness experts say.

Young, professional women are discovering that female-only fitness zones can be what a morning of golf or shooting the hoops is to their male counterparts: a chance to network, negotiate and bond while working out.

"Men have been combining fitness and a social aspect for ages, doing business and creating relationships at the same time," said Leanne Shear, trainer and founder of Uplift Studios, a boutique women-only venue in Manhattan.

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