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Active Voice: Triathlon Swim Deaths: Initial Steps Toward Prevention
March 7 Deadline to Pre-Register for Summit
Policy Corner: kaiserEDU.org a Rich Resource for Health Policy
FASEB Seeks BioART
ACSM Website Wins “Outstanding Achievement” Interactive Media Award
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines






Active Voice: Triathlon Swim Deaths: Initial Steps Toward Prevention
By Rudy Dressendorfer, P.T., Ph.D., FACSM    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.

Rudy Dressendorfer, P.T., Ph.D., FACSM is an accomplished scientist, educator and clinician with a career focused on clinical exercise physiology. He is an ACSM Program Director and has served on ACSM’s certification and education committee. He retired as full professor of human performance and sport at New Mexico Highlands University and subsequently taught exercise physiology and did collaborative research with faculty at the University of Alberta in Canada. Currently, he practices sports medicine as a licensed physical therapist in California. Rudy has published extensively on physical conditions, injuries and related prevention strategies for endurance athletes. He also has direct experiences with these issues, as he is a highly successful amateur triathlete.

A disturbing number of drownings have occurred during triathlon swims in recent years: 14 deaths were reported between 2006 and 2008, and nine more in the summer of 2011. Prevention is indicated, but there is little certainty about the causes of these unexplained deaths. Drowning due to water inhalation could occur, given that physical contact during mass starts and pack swimming is the norm in triathlon races. However, rescue craft are typically close by, and trained swimmers usually tolerate catching a mouthful of water or missing a breath or two without the need for emergency help. In the absence of other limitations to breathing, ordinary drowning seems an unlikely cause for most triathlon swim deaths. Sudden cardiac death remains a possibility to be ruled out.
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March 7 Deadline to Pre-Register for Summit
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Pre-registration deadline for the 16th Annual Health and Fitness Summit deadline is Wednesday, March 7th. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to earn 19+ CECs, see celebrity speakers, participate in interactive workshops and workouts and attend expert-reviewed, authoritative programming. Click here to register online.

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Policy Corner: kaiserEDU.org a Rich Resource for Health Policy
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The Internet houses an unfathomable (and unfiltered) ocean of matter relating to health policy. The challenge is how to find, vet and organize so much information to inform discussions of health policy. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has made significant strides toward that end. The result—and a valuable tool for those who seek to understand and influence public policy relating to health care—is online at www.kaiserEDU.org.

As the Foundation puts it:
KaiserEDU.org was developed to provide access to resources and information on major areas of health care policy, particularly for students and faculty in health policy and related disciplines, as well as for anyone interested in learning more about health policy. The site provides a range of resources, including narrated slide lectures and collections of background materials, including research, data, and policy analysis, on the key issues at the forefront of health policy. The site also includes concise summaries of more narrow policy debates along with links to background materials, including policy reports, articles published in the peer-reviewed literature, and key data. Other features include a library of syllabi from health policy courses across the U.S., a compilation of fellowships for students and professionals interested in health policy, a summary of the major government agencies involved in health policy, and links to datasets available for further research.





FASEB seeks BioART
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The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) is seeking the submission of captivating, high-resolution images that represent the cutting edge of 21st century biomedical research. Each day, scientific investigators produce thousands of images during the course of their research. FASEB believes that these images are an important, yet underutilized, resource in the community’s effort to engage and educate the general public and policy makers about biomedical research.

Winning images will be featured on the FASEB and National Institutes of Health websites and displayed before Members of Congress at FASEB’s centennial celebration. ACSM is a member society of FASEB.

The submission deadline is March 25, 2012. More information is available on the FASEB website.


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ACSM Website Wins "Outstanding Achievement" Interactive Media Award
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The redesigned ACSM website, launched last October, represents a leap forward in content, functionality and engagement. Already having proven valuable for connecting the College to its constituents, the site now has earned a significant industry award. Designed by Matrix Group, a web design and development agency in the Washington D.C. area, the ACSM website has won an “Outstanding Achievement” Interactive Media Award.

The “Outstanding Achievement” award is the second-highest honor bestowed by the Interactive Media Awards. Websites are judged on design, content, feature functionality, usability as well as on standards compliance and cross-browser compatibility.

Goals for the new site include reinforcing ACSM’s position as the “gold standard of sports medicine,” brand itself as a dynamic organization, and share its wealth of information with members, the public and the media.

The Interactive Media Council, Inc. is a nonprofit organization of leading Web designers, developers, programmers, advertisers and other Web-related professionals. The competition is designed to elevate the standards of excellence on the Internet and offer winners a boost in marketing and exposure.

SOCIAL MEDIA NOTE: Facebook and Twitter are growing rapidly as ways to engage those interested in ACSM, with more than 8,000 followers using each platform. These popular communication channels provide a way to reinforce ACSM announcements, market events and opportunities, and pass along information gleaned from other sources. ACSM’s social media messages are frequently forwarded and re-tweeted, amplifying their impact.
Twitter handle: @ACSMNews.





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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.


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Study Demonstrates Physical Exercise Aid Students' Studies
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School administrators looking to restructure the academic schedule should consider the placement of physical education classes, according to research released today by the American College of Sports Medicine. The study, titled “Effects of Varying Types of Exertion on Children’s Attention Capacity,” is published in the March issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise and finds that adding physical activity into the school day helps children concentrate on their academic work.

“School teachers frequently claim that students lose attention and concentration with prolonged periods of academic instruction,” said Maria Chiara Gallotta, first author of the study. “The key elements of learning, particularly important during development, are attention and concentration. Our study examined the relationship between exertion and the attention and concentration levels of schoolchildren.”
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