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In this issue:

Tragedy, Commitment and Hope in Boston: In-Person Sports Medicine Perspectives on the Bombing at the Boston Marathon
Live Webcast of ACSM/NIH & Health in Buildings Roundtable One-Day Conference
Annual Meeting — Register Today for Additional Savings
Policy Corner: April 30 Deadline to Comment on Surgeon General’s Proposed Call to Action on Walking
Chronic Concussive Brain Injury Study Wins 1st ACSM-AMSSM Clinical Research Grant
Items Needed for ACSM Annual Meeting Silent Auction
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines
 
 


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Tragedy, Commitment, and Hope in Boston: In-Person Sports Medicine Perspectives on the Bombing in the Boston Marathon

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

Lyle Micheli, M.D., FACSM, is Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and director of the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital. A 36-year member of ACSM, he has published more than 300 scientific journal articles and reviews, primarily related to sports injuries in children. Dr. Micheli is a past president of the American College of Sports Medicine, currently is Secretary General for the International Federation of Sports Medicine, and co-chaired the group that recently published the International Olympic Committee consensus on the health and fitness of young people through physical activity and sport. He has served as Finish Line Medical Director for the Boston Marathon, since the 1970s and was on-site this year, leading the marathon medical care team when the bombings occurred.

The events of April 15, 2013, our 113th Boston Marathon, are now known worldwide. Our staff at the Boston Children’s Hospital has served as Marathon medical volunteers for many years. I have been at the finish line since 1975, serving as medical team leader. Pierre d'Hemecourt, our primary care director, is the co-director of the entire medical coverage and supervises the medical tent. Sixteen members of our program, most of them ACSM members, volunteered this year, either on the finish line with me or in the medical tent.

We were about 15 yards from the site of the first bomb. The second bomb went off about 10 seconds later about a block west of us. In those seconds, medical coverage of a mass participation event became medical coverage of a mass casualty event.

Amazingly, no finish line personnel or runners were injured, protected by the fence barriers. The injured were families, spectators and well-wishers.

Police officers, security personnel and medical volunteers rushed the fencing and framing between us and the injured and tore them down. We initially had no supplies or equipment. I entered the running store with others. We used running shirts for dressings. We fashioned tourniquets out of jackets and clothes hangers.
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    Adrienne Wald, Ed.D., MBA, BS.N., CHES, is director of the Undergraduate Nursing Program and a Clinical Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the University of Massachusetts Boston. Dr. Wald has been a nurse and educator for over 35 years. She oversees the undergraduate nursing program and teaches preparation for professional practice and health behavior. Dr. Wald’s passion is public health, primary prevention, health promotion and wellness. Her research is on health-promoting behavior in college students. She is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American College Health Association, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the American Medical Athletic Association and the American Public Health Association.

Dr. Wald is a past participant in several Boston Marathons and was on-site at the event last week when the tragic bombing occurred. She had been present, along with a group of students who were working with her at various points along the course, to assist with medical care for the runners. SMB asked, and Dr. Wald kindly agreed, to share the experience and her impressions concerning the impact of the tragic events that occurred on Monday at the Boston Marathon. She and her students are still processing.


April 19, 2013. As the week is ending in Boston, the city is temporarily shut down as a massive manhunt is under way. All of us in this city we love are still processing the horrific and tragic events of Monday’s 117th Boston Marathon. Patriot’s Day started early for me. Having organized a team of thirty undergraduate nursing students and exercise science students in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences to be part of the Boston Athletic Association’s (BAA) giant group of medical volunteers, I headed out to meet all of my students and my colleague, Katie Kafel, MSN, RN, whom I recruited to help me lead the team. The students had eagerly responded months earlier. The 30 spots I had secured from BAA filled in an hour, with a waiting list. The students on the team ranged from sophomores to seniors, and a few were licensed RNs in the RN-BSN program. Qualified, but forced out of running the 117th Boston by a recent ski injury, I thought volunteering would be a great learning experience for students and a chance to test some basic clinical skills, and I could pay it forward by helping for a change. Ten years earlier, after running the 100th Boston Marathon, I ended up in the medical tent after crossing the finish line, suffering from hypothermia.
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Live Webcast of ACSM/NIH & Health in Buildings Roundtable One-Day Conference

ACSM and the National Institutes of Health's Division of Environmental Protection have partnered with the Health in Buildings Roundtable to present a one-day conference TODAY. The conference, Making the Human Health Connection: Healthy Buildings, Healthy People, and Healthy Communities, will be streamed LIVE on the web at no cost. You may access the live feed here: http://videocast.nih.gov/. An archived version of the webcast will also be available to view post-conference. Check @ACSMNews on Twitter for additional updates.
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Annual Meeting – Register Today for Additional Savings

April 24 is the final day to get the best savings on the 60th ACSM Annual Meeting and 4th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®. Don't miss your chance to connect with thousands of experts at the most comprehensive sports medicine and exercise science conference in the world. ACSM’s 60th Annual Meeting and 4th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine May 28-June 1, 2013 in nearby Indianapolis promises to be a world-class meeting that showcases the top programming and events in the fields of sports medicine, exercise science, education, basic/applied science, physical activity, and public health.

Check out programming highlights of this year’s meeting here. Don't miss featured speaker Howard Koh, M.D., M.P.H., assistant secretary for health of HHS, who was just added to the program. Also, registration is open for the Indianapolis Cultural Trail Walk/Bike Tour, which will be held on Tuesday, May 28. Enjoy a guided tour on foot or bike (bring your own, or free rentals provided) of this world-class urban bike and pedestrian path. Register today at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ACSMCTT.

Learn more about the Annual Meeting on ACSM's Facebook page or tweet using #ACSMAnnualMtg.

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Policy Corner: April 30 Deadline to Comment on Surgeon General's Proposed Call to Action on Walking

Through the end of April, advocates of physical activity for health have an opportunity to help form national policy of singular significance. Those who were in Baltimore for the 2010 ACSM Annual Meeting and the first World Congress on Exercise is Medicine remember how the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin, galvanized a packed hall with her remarks and then led attendees and community members on the first of her many community walks for health.

The walking movement has continued to gain momentum, as reflected in initiatives such as the Every Body Walk! collaborative, in which ACSM is a founding partner. At a seminal conference last December, Dr. Benjamin announced her intent to develop a Surgeon General’s Call to Action to promote walking as a national health priority. An important part of that process – which takes about 18 months in all – is collecting comments from stakeholders and the general public.

Joan Dorn, Ph.D., an ACSM member with a central role in developing the call to action, provides the following announcement of the comment period:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Department of Health and Human Services has announced the opening of a docket to obtain information from the public on walking as an effective way to be sufficiently active for health. The information obtained will be used to frame an anticipated Surgeon General’s call to action on this issue.

The notice can be found at www.regulations.gov. The 30-day public comment period began April 1 and ends Tuesday, April 30th. The notice requests information on ways to increase walking and community walkability on the following topics:
  1. Barriers to walking for youth; adults; seniors; persons with developmental, injury, and chronic disease-related disabilities; racial and ethnic minorities, and low-income individuals.
  2. Evidence-based strategies for overcoming those barriers and their reach and impact to increase physical activity at the population level and among the above mentioned subpopulations.
Please consider providing input to the docket and sharing this announcement with stakeholders who may also be interested.

To provide input go to www.regulations.gov. In the search box type the Docket No. CDC-2013-0003

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Chronic Concussive Brain Injury Study Wins 1st ACSM-AMSSM Clinical Research Grant

William Meehan, MD, is the first recipient of the ACSM Foundation-AMSSM Foundation Clinical Research Grant for his research titled "A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Transcranial Light Emitting Diode Therapy for the Treatment of Chronic Concussive Brain Injury."

The latest in a series of collaborative projects between the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and the American College of Sports Medicine, the joint Clinical Research Grant Committee selects a single proposal to receive a $20,000 award. The partnership calls for an initial three-year commitment for the annual joint clinical research grant awards.

Dr. Meehan is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and serves as the director of the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention, director of the Sports Concussion Clinic, director of research for the Brain Injury Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, and associate director of the Harvard Integrated Program to Protect and Improve the Health of NFL Players.

The primary purpose of the AMSSMF-ACSMF Clinical Research Grant Award is to foster original scientific investigations with a strong clinical focus among physician members of AMSSM and ACSM. A secondary intent of the grant program is to foster the development of the principal investigator’s research education by requiring that a portion of the funds to be applied to meet this goal. The review committee sought research proposals that investigate research questions within the broad discipline of sports medicine. The criteria required proposals to be led by physicians who are members of both AMSSM and ACSM.

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Items Needed for ACSM Annual Meeting Silent Auction

It’s not too late to donate to the ACSM Silent Auction in support of ACSM's Foundation Research Grant Program. The ACSM Foundation maintains several endowments, most of which make cash awards each year in various research areas of sports medicine and exercise science. In total, nearly $169,000 in grant awards is made to ACSM members every year to support research with over 2.2 million awarded since 1989. Many of these grant recipients are young investigators making initial contributions to furthering the health sciences.

To donate, please fill out the Silent Auction form electronically and email sholdaway@acsm.org. You can also fax it back to 317-634-7817, Attn: Stacey Holdaway. All forms must be received by Wednesday, May 1 in order for your product to be listed in the Silent Auction flyer. All donated products/services must be received in the ACSM office by Wednesday, May 8. If you have any questions regarding the Silent Auction, please contact Stacey Holdaway.

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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.


Pro Athletes Turn To Yoga: Joe Johnson, Torrey Smith Tout Practice's Benefits
Huffington Post
It's 105 degrees in a yoga studio in New York, and Joe Johnson is in one of 26 possible set stretching poses. Johnson, a six-time NBA All-Star, is doing bikram yoga four hours prior to the Brooklyn Nets' tip-off. Despite logging tens of thousands of minutes in the NBA, the 31-year-old claims the yoga sessions leave him rejuvenated and refreshed.

"It's pretty strenuous as far as a workout," he told The Huffington Post. "It loosens me up, actually. If we have to be at the gym at 5:30, I'll go about 3 and I get out at 4:30. I go straight to the arena. I'll already be loose and ready to go. It's very relaxing. I've never meditated before, or anything of that nature, but when I started doing bikram, it just kind of goes with [it]. I found myself meditating and really relaxing and clearing my thoughts."

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Double Up: Diet, Exercise Together are Key to Success
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Folks who want to get in better shape and eat healthier are often encouraged to make one change at a time, but a new study finds that people are the most successful when they tackle their diet and exercise habits simultaneously.

"It comes down to making them both priorities and thinking about both throughout the day," says lead researcher Abby King, professor at the Stanford (University) Prevention Research Center.

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