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By Christopher A. McGrew, M.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not
necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.
Christopher A. McGrew, M.D., FACSM, is a faculty member at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, with 28 years of service. There, he holds dual
appointments as a professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation-Sports Medicine Division. He is the
director of the University of New Mexico Family and Community Medicine Sports Medicine education programs, including the Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship, as well as
sports medicine electives for medical students and residents. Additionally, he is the medical director for the University of New Mexico Athletic Trainer Education Program and
serves as an assistant team physician for University of New Mexico athletics.
This commentary presents Dr. McGrew’s views on one of the foremost concerns in sports medicine care today: Sports Related Concussion (SRC). With two colleagues, he recently
authored a critical review on current guidelines for managing SRC. For his published article, see the January 2018 issue of ACSM’s clinical review journal,
Current Sports Medicine Reports©.
Are you interested in assisting with the development of ACSM Position Stands by becoming an ACSM Credentialed Evidence Analyst? Evidence analyst training webinars will be scheduled in the next three months to provide training and credentialing.
ACSM Evidence analysts are trained volunteer members who assist with the development of ACSM Position Stands by reviewing, summarizing and grading the research included in position stands. Evidence analysts have taken ACSM’s training webinar and completed credentialing exercises. Evidence analysts provide a highly valued contribution within a position stand project. If interested, please send the requested information (see below) to ACSM Chief Science Officer Lynette Craft, Ph.D., FACSM, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Credentialed evidence analysts will:
ACSM staff will provide web-based training for all aspects of this position.
- Review research abstracts to assist with the determination of studies meeting the inclusion/exclusion criteria of the position stand
- Critically evaluate the study design, methodology and outcomes of research studies
- Extract and summarize findings from research studies
- Evaluate the quality of research studies
- Document and maintain information in ACSM’s database (MOSAIC)
- Participate in teleconferences as needed
- Renew their credentialed status every three years via supplemental training
To apply to be an ACSM Credentialed Evidence Analyst, send a brief email stating your interest in becoming and attach (1) an updated resume/CV and (2) a statement of your previous training and/or experience in evidence-based practice and systematic reviews to: Lynette Craft, Ph.D., FACSM at email@example.com. Materials are due by 5:00 pm EST on Friday, March 2.
- Master’s Degree in kinesiology, public health, nutrition, social science or another related graduate degree in health/life science that includes training in experimental design and statistics
- Demonstrated ability to understand and critically evaluate the design, conduct and analysis of research studies
- Demonstrated ability to comprehend articles published in peer-reviewed journals and to communicate the strengths and weaknesses of research studies
- Previous experience in preparing systematic literature reviews
- Familiarity with common computer programs such as Microsoft Office Suite, Excel, PowerPoint
- Strong analytical and organizational skills, with attention to detail
- Strong oral and written communication abilities
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As a member of ACSM, you are invited to subscribe to the Journal of Clinical Exercise Physiology (JCEP) at the discounted rate of just $15 per year. JCEP is the official journal of the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA), published quarterly in electronic format only. Article types include original research, contemporary reviews, case studies and expert commentaries on topics of interest to the clinical exercise physiologist. Click here to learn more and subscribe. You will need to log in to the ACSM website using your credentials and access the member discount section.
Submit your original research to JCEP: JCEP invites studies of interest to the clinical exercise physiologist. These include, but are not limited to, topics related to exercise testing, disease management, risk assessment and prognosis, acute and chronic response to exercise, safety and efficacy, outcomes and pathology and epidemiology of chronic diseases and behaviors. All submitted manuscripts are subject to review.
Get the Word Out! Writing OpEds to Optimize Publishing Success & Impact: February 26
This free professional development webinar co-sponsored by ACSM and Forrest J. Jones & Company will cover strategies for successful submissions of OpEds. OpEds in local, national and international media are an excellent opportunity for educators, clinicians and scientists to educate the public and advocate for change in communities. They expand the public’s understanding of science and discovery important to local and national audiences and can influence policy makers and other key stakeholders. Join presenters (and ACSM members) Liz Joy, M.D., MPH, and David Conroy, Ph.D. on February 26 at 12:30 p.m. ET to learn how to write an effective OpEd. Click here to register.
Built Environment Strategies and Support for Walkable Communities: February 27
This webinar will discuss how built environment strategies such as land development plans, policies and zoning code reforms can support walkable communities — and the importance of collaboration between planners, transportation and public health practitioners. Join on February 27 at 3:00 pm Eastern for the webinar, “From the Ground Up: Built Environment Strategies and Support for Walkable Communities.” For more information or to register, please visit the America Walks website.
ACSM in the News includes recent stories featuring the college and its members as subject matter experts. ACSM is a recognized leader among national and international media and a trusted source on sports medicine and exercise science topics. Because these stories are written by the media, they do not necessarily reflect ACSM statements, views or endorsements. These stories are meant to share coverage of ACSM with members and inform them about what the public is reading and hearing about the field.
The New York Times
This article discusses research published by ACSM members.
People who would like to become physically stronger should start with weight training and add protein to their diets, according to a comprehensive scientific review of research.
The review finds that eating more protein, well past the amounts currently recommended, can significantly augment the effects of lifting weights, especially for people past the age of 40. But there is an upper limit to the benefits of protein, the review cautions.
On the other hand, any form of protein is likely to be effective, it concludes, not merely high-protein shakes and supplements. Beef, chicken, yogurt and even protein from peas or quinoa could help us to build larger and stronger muscles.
It makes intuitive sense that protein in our diets should aid in bulking up muscles in our bodies, since muscles consist mostly of protein. When we lift weights, we stress the muscles and cause minute damage to muscle tissue, which then makes new proteins to heal. But muscles also will readily turn to and slurp up any bonus proteins floating around in the bloodstream.
This article features expertise from ACSM member Zachary Kerr.
At the 2014 Winter Olympics, Josephine Pucci won a silver medal playing for the US women’s hockey team. Later that year, she retired.
Pucci is not alone. Several prominent female players, including Pucci’s former teammates Caitlin Cahow and current US Olympian Amanda Kessel, have struggled with concussions at some point during their career.
The result has been an increased push for concussion safety awareness in women’s ice hockey. Just this month, Kessel’s teammate Angela Ruggiero, along with former Canadian Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser, announced a decision to donate their brains to science in the hopes of improving concussion research. For her part, Pucci is working to raise awareness as co-founder of the Headway Foundation.
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