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In this issue:

Active Voice: A Novel Strategy for Promoting Recovery of Muscular Strength
  after Strenuous Exercise in Competitive Athletes
Expressing Thanks to RADM Boris Lushniak: Advocate and Friend of ACSM
ACSM to Host Capitol Hill Day March 3-4; PA Guidelines a Vital Policy Focus
Enter Student Video Contest to Win Annual Meeting Registration
Save the Date: Childhood Obesity Seminar
ACSM in the News: Stories Making Headlines



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Active Voice: A Novel Strategy for Promoting Recovery of Muscular Strength after Strenuous Exercise in Competitive Athletes
By Kazushige Goto, Ph.D.

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Kazushige Goto, Ph.D., received his Ph.D. degree in 2004 from the University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan. He followed this with a four-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Tsukuba, Tokyo University (Japan), which included collaborations with the Bispebjerg Hospital in the Capital Region of Denmark. He began his academic career at the Waseda University in Saitama, moving to the Ritsumeikan University in Shiga in 2010, where he accepted his current appointment as an associate professor. His research interests include exercise-induced endocrine and metabolic changes, post- exercise recovery strategies and the effects of exercise training in hypoxia.

This commentary presents Dr. Goto’s views on the topic of a research article which he and one of his colleagues published in the December 2014 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE).

As athletes commonly perform intensive physical training or compete on consecutive days, rapid recovery of exercise capacity is important to maximize competitive success and to prevent excessive fatigue. The wearing of compression garments (CG) after exercise promotes recovery of muscular strength and attenuates exercise-induced muscle damage. I established research projects with Takuma Morishima, M.Sc., to demonstrate the effects of CG during exercise or the post-exercise period.

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Expressing Thanks to RADM Boris Lushniak: Advocate and Friend of ACSM
Former Acting U.S. Surgeon General RADM Boris Lushniak has returned to his formal role as deputy following the appointment of new U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

A passionate physical fitness enthusiast and advocate, Lushniak agreed to speak at the 2014 ACSM Annual Meeting and led attendees on a surgeon general's walk around the convention center. Lushniak's presentation drew ovations from the audience when he declared that physical inactivity was "the" public health issue of our time. A personable and engaging speaker, Lushniak connected with attendees by sharing a common vision for promoting physical activity and its cobenefits. Prior to the presentation, Lushniak met with ACSM leadership to discuss ways he and the college could work together to achieve mutual goals.

Last summer, Lushniak visited ACSM headquarters for a follow-up to the planning session at annual meeting and to meet with more than 60 stakeholders from the local physical activity community. He shared his vision with the crowd, entertained questions and led the group on another surgeon general's walk along the downtown canal. Lushniak was also a featured speaker at last fall's ACSM-sponsored Civil Society Event on Action in Climate Change and Health in New York City, helping to represent the importance of physical activity in larger discussions regarding the confluence of health, active transportation, economics and the environment. A third planning meeting was held between ACSM leadership and Lushniak adjacent to the civil society event.

The relationship with Lushniak generated a vision and plans for ACSM to work closely with the surgeon general's office on a number of strategies designed to promote physical activity, including an upcoming document on walking.

ACSM is indebted to Lushniak for his service and advocacy for physical activity. The college will look to build upon its relationship with the surgeon general's office and its new leadership.


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ACSM to Host Capitol Hill Day March 3-4; PA Guidelines a Vital Policy Focus
Signaling the steady growth of its policy influence, ACSM will hold its third annual Capitol Hill Day March 3-4. Capitol Hill Day offers ACSM members the opportunity to provide their insights on issues that Congress is considering. It is vital that ACSM members participate in order to positively affect ACSM's policy goals. ACSM members who are interested are invited to participate in the prep session (Tuesday evening, March 3) and visits with members of Congress and staff (March 4).

While ACSM cannot reimburse expenses, those participating will enjoy the rewards of ensuring that Congress is adequately educated and can make informed decisions on legislation related to their profession. Capitol Hill Day presents an opportunity not only to interact with elected leaders and staff, but the sports celebrities who will be part of the day's activities as well, including:

  • Herschel Walker (1982 Heisman Trophy winner/NFL All-Pro /undefeated MMA fighter/past U.S. Winter Olympian)
  • Matt Stover (Baltimore Ravens, two-time Super Bowl-winning placekicker)
  • Tommy John (retired Major League Baseball pitcher)
  • Tommie Smith (1968 Olympic gold medal winner sprinter – 200m)
  • Rowdy Gaines (1984 Olympic gold medal swimmer & NBC swim commentator)
  • Shannon Miller (1992 and 1996 U.S. Olympic gold medal winning gymnast)
ACSM will partner with the Sports & Fitness Industry Association in staging another highly successful and influential Capitol Hill Day. To sign up for Capitol Hill Day or for more information, contact Monte Ward, ACSM's vice president for government relations, at mward@acsm.org.

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Enter Student Video Contest to Win Annual Meeting Registration
Are you a student planning to attend the 2015 ACSM Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif.? If so, here is your chance to help promote physical activity to conference participants or show what you have done in your community to support the ActivEarth initiative, with a chance to win $500 and a free conference registration! To participate, simply submit a video that gets everyone excited about walking during breaks and the entire annual meeting.

The grand prize winner will receive complimentary registration to the 2015 Annual Meeting* and $500, and their submission will be displayed prominently at the meeting. Steven N. Blair, P.E.D., FACSM, will present the $500 to the winner if in attendance. Finalists will be invited to display their presentations at the 2015 ACSM Annual Meeting, and the second place winner will receive a complimentary registration to the 2016 meeting.

Get those creative juices flowing to encourage conference participants to get moving while attending the meeting. Deadline to enter is March 2. View more information on the ActivEarth initiative at www.activearth.org

Click here to view the winning video from 2014!

*Registration fee will be refunded after the meeting if the winner is already registered.

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Save the Date: Childhood Obesity Seminar
Join the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Hudson Institute at the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research. This quarterly seminar series called Articulating the Food Industry Context: Potential Frameworks for Profiting Health is led by Hank Cardello, director of the Obesity Solutions Initiative and the Hudson Institute. The first seminar, How Food Executives Think: From Profit Margins to New Products, will be held March 2, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the FHI 360 Building, Vista Room - 8th Floor, 1825 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. Mark your calendars for the other upcoming seminars on May 19, October 20, and December 10. Contact Mary Ellen Brown at mebrown@healthyweightcommit.org or 202-559-7313 to RSVP for attendance in person or online. We encourage you to forward this invitation to colleagues, students or others who may have an interest.
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HEADLINES

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.


Studies Find Exercise is the Best Medicine for Many Ills
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The next time you visit your doctor’s office, don’t be surprised if you get a “prescription” to walk a mile each day or take the stairs instead of the elevator in your office building.

More and more studies are demonstrating the benefits of exercise. And as awareness grows, more doctors are urging patients to incorporate exercise in their daily routines as a cheap and effective treatment for a wide assortment of ailments and diseases.

"Exercise is one of the most effective, accessible and affordable medicines we can use,” said obstetrician/gynecologist Beth Prairie of Midlife Women’s Associates, an Allegheny Health Network practice – with offices in Bethel Park, Bloomfield and Wexford – dedicated to helping women transition through menopause.

These days, she directs patients at least 50 percent of the time to pursue exercise as part of their treatment.

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Safety Groups Endorse Practice Guidelines for Youth Football
The Associated Press via WISH-TV
Three medical organizations are endorsing USA Football's new youth football practice guidelines in an effort to make the sport safer.

On Thursday, the sport's national governing body announced the American College of Sports Medicine, National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) are backing measures to define "contact," and to limit practices and the amount of contact that can occur at practice.

The guidelines recommend no more than four practices per week with no more than 30 minutes of full contact at any of those workouts. USA Football defines full contact as drills run at competitive speed until the moment of a hit which occurs above the waist or drills run at game speed with players being taken to the ground.

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