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Sports Medicine Bulletin
March 3, 2009  
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The Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science Explores New Ventures in Sports Medicine
The Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science was established in the late 1970s to bring key organizations together for new opportunities and joint programs in the sports medicine and science disciplines. It continues today as a convener and catalyst for cooperative ventures, including an annual meeting for more than 40 participating organizations to share information and discuss joint programs relevant to the sports medicine profession. The multi-organization coalition is currently developing an initiative on the recognition, prevention, treatment and return-to-play issues for sports concussion. More

Melissa Johnson Reflects on Presidentís Council Role, ACSM Partnership
Melissa Johnson recently ended a five-and-a-half-year term as executive director of the Presidentís Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. ACSM had the unique opportunity to chat with Melissa about her experiences and accomplishments as executive director. More

Showcase on ACSM's Leadership & Diversity Training Program: Dr. Daheia J. Barr-Anderson
"Becoming a part of LDTP...I have made contact with several people who are in charge of committee appointments; networked with past, present, and future presidents and other leaders of ACSM; and became equipped with the knowledge and tools to start fulfilling the requirements of becoming an ACSM Fellow." More

ACSM Foundation Announces 2009 Steven M. Horvath Travel Award
In memory of Steven M. Horvath, Ph.D., FACSM, the ACSM Foundation will be awarding two travel awards through the Steven M. Horvath Travel Award fund. The purpose of the award is to provide annual assistance to help fund travel expenses accrued by underrepresented minority graduate students to present their scholarly work at the ACSM Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington. Please click here to review the attached document and submit your application to ACSM no later than Monday, April 13. More

Celebrate "World Day for Physical Activity": Register Your Event
Donít miss your opportunity to celebrate Agita Mundo's "World Day for Physical Activity" on April 6, 2009. Click here for more information.

Exercise is Medicine™ PSA's Appearing Nationwide
ACSM's public service announcement series featuring U.S. acting surgeon general, Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson, M.D., M.P.H., promoting ACSM's Exercise is Medicine™ initiative and the benefits of physical activity have appeared in publications, journals, Web sites and newsletters around the country. The three versions of the PSA are geared toward adult consumers, youth and health care professionals. The series is still available for your use at

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition Announces "You Can Save a Life at School"
The Sudden Cardiac Arrest Coalition recently announced the SCA Foundation's You Can Save a Life at School™ Campaign, which features a 20-page publication and a companion Web site, More

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Anger, Stress May be Linked to Heart Problems
from USA CNN
When you get angry, the stress isn't restricted to your head. New research shows that anger actually triggers electrical changes in the heart, which can predict future arrhythmias in some patients. The study, published in the March 3 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, may demonstrate a link between mental stress and sudden cardiac arrest, which causes more than 400,000 deaths every year. More

Exercise Boosts Breast Cancer Patients' Well-being
from Reuters Health
Exercise can help women going through any stage of breast cancer treatment to feel better both physically and emotionally, a new research review shows. "It helps enhance mood and emotions during all phases of cancer treatment," lead investigator Dr. Susan R. Harris, an emeritus professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, told Reuters Health. More

Cold-water Bath Most Rapid Way to Lower Body Temp
from Reuters Health
The most effective way to lower the core body temperature of a person with exercise-induced heat exhaustion or heat stroke is to immerse the body in ice-cold water, according to a review of published research on the topic. When cold-water immersion is not immediately possible, alternative cooling methods must be immediately implemented while awaiting emergency transport to a medical facility, reports Brendon P. McDermott, a doctoral research fellow and instructor at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, and colleagues. More

Genes May Help Drive Rotator Cuff Injury
Genes may boost the odds of developing rotator cuff problems, according to new research that finds the shoulder injury running in families. The finding is based on an analysis of health data on more than two million Utah residents. It showed that rotator cuff trouble among even distant relations, such as third cousins, can predict an individualís risk. More

Moving Nation from Sick Care Toward Wellness Care
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Popping a pill can cut your cholesterol. But did the doctor also prescribe cutting the stress thatís eroding your immune system? Or teach you how to exercise without worsening painful joints? Think 3 Ps: Good health care is preventive, predictive and personalized, a rarity today in a crisis-oriented care system far better at treating disease than keeping it at bay. To help change that, one of the nationís top medical groups starts a major push this week for what patients might call whole-body wellness care. More

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