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In this issue:

Active Voice: Is There a Relationship Between Vitamin D and Muscle Performance?
60th ACSM Annual Meeting: Highlights for Basic Scientists and Clinicians
Policy Corner: Be Part of ACSM’s First Capitol Hill Day
Meet the Trainers: USA Today Family Fitness Challenge
In Memory: Dick Warner, FACSM (Founder of Greater NY ACSM Regional Chapter)
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines
 
 


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Active Voice: Is There a Relationship Between Vitamin D and Muscle Performance?
By Adam S. Grimaldi, Beth A. Parker, PhD, and Paul D. Thompson, MD, FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Adam S. Grimaldi, B.S., is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington. He also is a research assistant to Drs. Parker and Thompson at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut.

Beth A. Parker, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of health sciences at University of Hartford and director of exercise physiology research at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut. She is a member of ACSM and her research focuses on age and sex differences in vascular function and cardiovascular responses to exercise. Dr. Parker is a principal or co-investigator on several projects involving the pleiotropic effects of statin therapy on skeletal muscle and cognition.

Paul D. Thompson, M.D., FACSM, is director of cardiology at Hartford Hospital and professor of medicine at University of Connecticut. He is a past-president of ACSM and has presented invited keynote lectures at the ACSM annual meetings, such as the D.B. Dill Lecture. He has authored more than 200 scientific articles on such topics as exercise training and heart disease and sudden death during exercise. Dr. Thompson’s current research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, examines the effects of statins on muscle strength and aerobic performance.

This commentary presents perspectives from Mr. Grimaldi, Dr. Parker, and Dr. Thompson relative to issues central to their cross-sectional study that appears in the January 2013 issue of ACSM’s
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise® (MSSE).

In recent years, Vitamin D has become a topic of great discussion. Evidence shows that its biologic role goes beyond bone metabolism and calcium homeostasis. For example, elevated concentrations of serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25(OH)D) have been shown to be associated with improved cardiovascular outcomes, enhanced immune function, and reductions in cancer risk. Additionally, 25(OH)D levels have been linked to skeletal muscle performance through our historical understanding that long-term vitamin D deficiency can produce a myopathy. In recent years, multiple studies have shown mixed results in favor of a direct relationship between 25(OH)D and muscle performance. Even more recently, low vitamin D levels have been associated with increased non-specific skeletal muscle complaints by patients in primary care practices. This becomes clinically important for those patients located in cold-temperate climates during winter months when vitamin D levels are lowest.

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60th ACSM Annual Meeting: Highlights for Basic Scientists and Clinicians

The 60th ACSM Annual Meeting is just three months away. Want a sneak peek of this year’s meeting? Download the Preview Program today or search the online program planner. This year, the meeting will also feature expanded programing related to basic sciences as well as clinical practice. Register before March 20 and receive the early bird discount.

This year’s Annual Meeting will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana. Indianapolis, the “Crossroads of America,” is not only convenient to get to, but also features a vibrant and walkable downtown that stays activated long after the work day ends. As one of the country’s most walkable cities, Indianapolis already promotes active, healthy travel. But numerous parks, paths and recreational amenities make Indy conducive to hosting energetic visitors of all ages and ability.

Tour the new eight-mile bicycle and pedestrian-friendly Cultural Trail that connects visitors to hotels, restaurants, attractions and cultural districts. The trail is lined with art and landscaping, and it has garnered international attention as a model for urban revitalization. Tours and bicycle rentals are conveniently available throughout downtown at The Bike Hub @ City Market and Wheel Fun Rentals in White River State Park, and some hotels provide guests with complimentary bikes during their stay.

ActiveIndy Tours offers seven guided walking, biking and jogging tours that show off highlights of the city. More guided walking tours are available through Indiana Landmarks, and self-guided tours are available at WalkIndianapolis.com. Check out the Top Ten Things To Do in Indy, according to the Indianapolis Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.

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Policy Corner: Be Part of ACSM's First Capitol Hill Day

ACSM has strengthened and toned its advocacy program in recent years, and policy makers and other influencers have taken notice. March 12-13 marks a big step forward, as ACSM holds its first annual Capitol Hill Day. In partnership with the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, the event will present ACSM members with the opportunity to interact with elected leaders and staff on issues that are central to the ACSM agenda, such as legislation establishing regular review of federal physical activity guidelines.

We will start with a preparation session in the evening of Tuesday, March 12, and then spend the following day on the Hill meeting with members of Congress and staff. Participants cover their own transportation and lodging; some meals are provided.

We are excited about the opportunity to increase ACSM's grassroots presence on Capitol Hill. However, space is limited. If you would like to participate, or if you would like more information, please contact Monte Ward, ACSM’s vice president for government relations, at mward@acsm.org.

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Meet the Trainers: USA Today Family Fitness Challenge

Are you following along with the USA Today Family Fitness Challenge? ACSM is helping USA Today change the lives of six American families, sharing evidence-based information about physical activity and nutrition, and motivating them to improve and maintain their fitness levels. ACSM is grateful to the professional members and certified professionals who have agreed to share their expertise. Look for updates in USA Today and USA Weekend and on The Doctors, as well as on www.acsm.org and in future issues of Sports Medicine Bulletin.

Richard Cotton, ACSM’s national director of certification, recruited ACSM-certified health fitness professionals to work with each of the six selected families:
  • Michael R. Esco, Ph.D., HFS, CSCS*D (Montgomery, AL)
  • Mark J Neumann, HFS (Plymouth, MN)
  • Liana Tobin, HFS, CSCS (San Jose, CA)
  • Catherine Titus, CPT (Santa Rosa, CA)
USA Today asked the trainers for their top tips for being active with your family outside of the gym. Read their suggestions here. To read today’s story, please click here.

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In Memory: Dick Warner, E.D., FACSM (Founder of Greater NY ACSM Regional Chapter)

From Greater New York ACSM Regional Chapter President Felicia Stoler, DCN, MS, RD, FACSM:

From the first moment I met Richard (aka Dick Warner) he was a gentle giant… a rather unassuming and modest “older” gentleman. He had a spirit for life and all things exercise, sports, fitness and health! For sure he led by example, as the founding president of the Greater NY Chapter. He was an exercise physiologist who continued to work until the last year. Dick always was available for feedback, input and suggestions to all prior chapter presidents and executive boards. Dick was also “positive” in nature – seldom criticized and found a way to provide constructive feedback in a manner that was empowering – which is a rare, but gifted quality. He seldom missed an annual chapter meeting and attended many national ACSM meetings with his beloved wife, partner and best friend Anne at his side. He was a treasure to our chapter who will be missed, but will be remembered in the hearts and memories of many.

View Dr. Warner’s obituary.

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SPORTS MEDICINE & EXERCISE MEDICINE 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.


Older Exercisers Need to be Flexible with Fitness Plans
Lancaster Online
A silver disco ball scatters dancing lights on the teal walls of SuperFly Fitness studio, as ladies of a certain age sway, cha-cha, grapevine-step and wave their arms to The Temptations' classic "My Girl." Dressed in black-and-gold exercise wear, Zumba Gold instructor Rae Johnson-Bundy, 52, leads these women, mostly in their 40s to 60s, through an energetic but low-impact dance routine that's more walking and gliding than jumping.

This class, modified for older exercisers, is a microcosm of what's happening in the wider world of fitness: Baby Boomers and people entering middle age striving to get and stay fit, while taking precautions to protect their aging joints, tendons, muscles and bones.

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5 Qs with Eric Ellsworth: YMCA Leader Believes Indy Can Shape Up
Indianapolis Star
The YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, along with other community and business leaders, has formed a coalition to make the Indianapolis metro area healthier and fitter. The coalition wants to raise Indianapolis into the top 10 of the 50 most populous cities in the American College of Sports Medicine's Fitness Index by 2025.

Star Editorial Board member Beth Murphy asked Eric Ellsworth, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, about the challenges and benefits of improving the fitness level of the region.

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