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In this issue:

Q&A: A New Book for Strength and Conditioning Practitioners – Grounded in the Latest Science, Aiming to Optimize Performance
Just Released: ACSM’s Career and Business Guide for the Fitness Professional
Policy Corner: Research Funding Still an Administration Priority in Tough Fiscal Environment
Health News Review Post Suggests 20 Criteria for Assessing Products, Substances
Nominate a Distinguished Leader for an Honor or Citation Award
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines





Q&A: A New Book for Strength and Conditioning Practitioners — Grounded in the Latest Science, Aiming to Optimize Performance
By Nicholas A. Ratamess, Ph.D.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Nicholas Ratamess, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey in Ewing, N.J. He has authored and co-authored several scientific articles, review papers and book chapters related to strength training and conditioning, including co-authoring the 2009 update of the “ACSM Position Stand on Progression Models in Resistance Training for Healthy Adults.” Ratamess also was a contributing author for the 6th edition (2009) of ACSM’s Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription.

In late 2011, Dr. Ratamess published ACSM’s Foundations of Strength Training and Conditioning, through a collaborative arrangement with ACSM’s publishing partner, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. The book is a unique and extensively illustrated resource to help professionals and students develop safe and effective strength-and-conditioning programs for athletes and those individuals striving to improve their fitness levels. The book offers practical application of physiologic responses and adaptations to exercise, information on training program design and assessment, and translations of the most recent scientific advances into strength and conditioning program design.

SMB had the opportunity to ask the author a few questions about the book. Questions include:
  • As primary author, what were the motivating factors leading you to write this textbook?
  • How have you designed and organized this book to effectively help students, faculty and strength-and-conditioning professionals meet their exercise and pedagogy needs?
  • What strategy did you use to promote greater dissemination and reading of current research by strength-and-conditioning professionals?
  • Any final points you want to share about this new resource? More


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Just Released: ACSM's Career and Business Guide for the Fitness Professional
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ACSM’s newest release, ACSM's Career and Business Guide for the Fitness Professional, covers the practical aspects of running a successful fitness business and having a successful fitness career. Fitness professionals will have the information they need to start planning their own business and make wise career choices. The book is designed to be very practical and provides forms and succinct how-to instructions for successful business planning.

Order your copy online today. You can also pick up a copy of the 2012 ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition in the Exhibit Hall.

 


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Policy Corner: Research Funding Still an Administration Priority in Tough Fiscal Environment
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Research funding being crucial to ACSM’s scientist members, James Brown of Bose Public Affairs Group offers the following discussion of President Obama’s budget proposal for FY 2013.

In Washington, the biggest news story every February is the release of the President’s budget proposal and that is again true this year. President Obama’s budget calls for overall spending of $3.8 trillion in Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 and would set the discretionary spending level at $1.047 trillion, essentially the same as FY12.

The most talked-about aspect of this year’s budget is that it does not reflect the additional $1.2 trillion in across-the-board cuts mandated by the debt deal passed last year. Those cuts will kick in January 2, 2013, meaning that unless Congress takes steps to prevent this so-called “sequester,” these statutory cuts will be taken half from domestic discretionary spending and half from defense discretionary spending across the board. This larger issue about how to deal with reducing discretionary spending levels to accommodate these mandatory cuts will likely get wrapped up in the upcoming Presidential election contest.
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Health News Review Post Suggests 20 Criteria for Assessing Products, Substances
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In July 2011, the ACSM Administrative Council voted to recognize Health News Review’s ten criteria for responsible health reporting. Since that time, ACSM Fellow Carol Torgan joined the Health News Review editorial team to offer her expert opinion on the latest exercise-related news.

In her most recent post, she responds to recent speculation about an “exercise pill” with more than 20 criteria to assess a product or substance claiming benefits similar to exercise. The criteria, she says, represent the health benefits of physical activity, as documented in the U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
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Nominate a Distinguished Leader for an Honor or Citation Award
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ACSM is now accepting nominations for our two most prestigious accolades, the Honor and Citation Awards. If you know an individual with a distinguished career in sports medicine and/or exercise science, we invite you to nominate that person by April 15, 2012. The nomination form and instructions are available online.
  • The Honor Award is granted to an individual with a distinguished career of outstanding scientific and scholarly contributions to sports medicine and/or the exercise sciences. The contributions may be in the basic, applied, and/or clinical sciences; allied health and/or education. ACSM membership is not a requirement for this award. View past winners.
  • The Citation Award is granted to an individual or group who has made significant and important contributions to sports medicine and/or the exercise sciences. These contributions may include, but are not limited to, research and scholarship; clinical care; and/or administrative or educational services in sports medicine or exercise science. ACSM membership is not a requirement for this award.




Exercise and 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.


Ice Baths for Sore Muscles Can Work
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Can an ice bath really ward off the muscle soreness that can kick in a day or so after an intense workout?

According to a new review, it is better than doing nothing and equal to other remedies such as compression stockings or stretching.
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How 1-Minute Intervals Can Improve Your Health
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While many of us wonder just how much exercise we really need in order to gain health and fitness, a group of scientists in Canada are turning that issue on its head and asking, how little exercise do we need?

The emerging and engaging answer appears to be, a lot less than most of us think — provided we’re willing to work a bit.
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