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In this issue:

Active Voice: Small-Sided Soccer Provides Broad Spectrum Fitness and Health Benefits Across the Lifespan
Focus on Physical Activity this May
Policy Corner: FASEB Funding Recommendations for Biomedical and Life Sciences Research
Plan your Week in Indianapolis at ACSM Annual Meeting with the Online Program Planner
Don’t Miss Free Online Content and iPad App from ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines
 
 


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Active Voice: Small-Sided Soccer Provides Broad Spectrum Fitness and Health Benefits Across the Lifespan
By Peter Krustrup, Ph.D., and Jens Bangsbo, Sc.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.



Peter Krustrup is professor of sport and health sciences at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, working in Physical Activity and Health Across the Lifespan and Bioenergetics and Human Performance research groups. Jens Bangsbo is professor of integrated physiology in the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports at University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and head of Copenhagen Centre for Team Sports and Health. Drs. Krustrup and Bangsbo have conducted pioneering work on the cardiovascular, metabolic and musculoskeletal effects of soccer for untrained individuals across the lifespan. They have published more than 35 scientific articles in this area since 2009. They are currently engaged in a series of studies investigating the potential of regular small-volume recreational soccer in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, type-2 diabetes and osteoporosis, as well as rehabilitation of prostate cancer patients. This commentary presents Dr. Krustrup’s and Dr. Bangsbo’s views on the topic of a related research article which they and their colleagues published in the March 2013 issue of
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise®.

As recently stated in the Lancet article Sport and Exercise as Contributors to the Health of Nations by Khan et al. (2012), large cohort studies suggest that sport participation reduces all-cause mortality by 20-40% and recent randomized controlled trials (RCTs) provide evidence that playing sport is associated with specific health benefits. These statements are fully supported by our recent studies on recreational soccer for sedentary individuals aged 6-80 years, revealing that small-sided soccer has broad spectrum fitness and health effects, as it combines elements of high-intensity interval (HIIT), endurance and strength training. Small-sided soccer elicits high heart rates and multiple intense actions such as sprints, turns, jumps, tackles, dribbles and shots, independently of age, gender, fitness status, socio-economic status and prior experience.

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Focus on Physical Activity this May

Welcome in the spring season with a renewed focus on physical activity! Several national programs recognize events in May, including:

Project ACES
"The World's Largest Exercise Class" is coming to children and schools around the world May 1. Millions of participants across the globe will be celebrating the 25th annual Project ACES® Day beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1. This Youth Fitness Coalition (YFC) signature program, in partnership with American College of Sports Medicine’s Exercise is Medicine® initiative promotes physical activity to children in order to decrease the prevalence of childhood obesity. Project ACES, an acronym for All Children Exercise Simultaneously, also coincides with National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and National Physical Education Week.

EIM Month
Exercise Is Medicine® Month (May) begins this week. To help you promote the benefits of physical activity, we have put together an Exercise is Medicine Toolkit. One of the first things we invite you to do is to request an Exercise is Medicine Month proclamation from your governor, mayor or organization president. We encourage you to use one of our sample letters provided in the Toolkit, which also can be downloaded and personalized to meet your needs. If you receive a proclamation, please let us know so we can promote and celebrate your success. The Toolkit has numerous other resources, such as social media messages and a sample news release to customize for your organization.

If you are not already a friend and a follower of EIM, we encourage you to find us on Facebook by searching Exercise is Medicine and follow us on Twitter @EIMNews. Should you have any questions, need additional information or want to share some of your ideas, please contact EIM at eim@acsm.org.

Instant Recess
Instant Recess® is a MOVEment of ACTIVE-ists dedicated to making America healthier 10 minutes at a time. By introducing brief activity breaks in the middle of the day, we can make activity the norm. Instant Recess® is an evidence-based model designed to improve health & productivity by incorporating 10-minute physical activity breaks into the routine daily "conduct of business"–fighting the inactivity epidemic 10 minutes at a time. Learn more at www.instantrecess.com.

Editor’s Note:
Instant Recess is a legacy of Antronette Yancey, M.D., an ACSM member and a tireless advocate of physical activity, especially for underserved populations. Toni (Nov. 1, 1957-April 23, 2013) was a physician, athlete, poet and professor (UCLA) whose contributions and spirit will have a lasting impact. Yancey’s legacy will be recognized at this year’s ACSM Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine.

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Policy Corner: FASEB Funding Recommendations for Biomedical and Life Sciences Research

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) recently released its annual recommendations to Congress for federal funding of biomedical and related life sciences research. The report, titled Federal Funding for Biomedical & Related Life Sciences Research, FY 2014, outlines the federal funding required to make research a priority in the federal budget. The American College of Sports Medicine, as an affiliate society of FASEB, supports these recommendations and has consistently advocated for appropriate funding levels for biomedical research within the federal government. Listed below is a summary of the funding recommendations for five different agencies. To review the full report, please click here.

National Institutes of Health (NIH): To prevent further loss of capacity, protect its prior investment, and ensure a sustainable research program, FASEB recommends a budget of no less than $32.0 billion for NIH in FY 2014.

National Science Foundation (NSF): FASEB recommends a minimum funding level of $7.4 billion for NSF in FY 2014 to prevent contraction.

Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science: To promote sustainable growth, FASEB recommends a funding level of at least $5.1 billion for DOE’s Office of Science in FY 2014.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): FASEB recommends an appropriation of at least $621 million for the VA Medical and Prosthetic Research Program in FY 2014.

Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI): FASEB supports funding the USDA’s ARFI at a minimum of $325 million in FY 2014.

For more information, please contact Monte N. Ward, ACSM’s vice president for government relations, at mward@acsm.org.

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Plan your Week in Indianapolis at ACSM Annual Meeting with the Online Program Planner

Coming to Indianapolis for the 60th ACSM Annual Meeting and 4th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine? The Online Program Planner is a tool that allows you to search by date/time, speaker, topic, and more. It’s easy to create your own customized ACSM Annual Meeting schedule, download abstracts, and browse sessions and presenters. Log onto the Annual Meeting Online Program Planner at www.acsmannualmeeting.org. Those who cannot participate in person will find the presentation abstracts of interest and value. PDFs of the abstracts will be available for download in the next few weeks.
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Don't Miss Free Online Content and iPad App from ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®

Check out the two free featured articles from the May/June 2013 issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® at www.acsm-healthfitness.org. Also, if you own an iPad, make sure to download the free app for ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® in the Apple Store. The May/June issue is now available for download on the app.

The free featured articles for the May/June issue include “High-intensity Circuit Training Using Body Weight: Maximum Results With Minimal Investment,” by Brett Klika, B.S. and Chris Jordan, M.S., ACSM HFS/APT, and the Worksite Health Promotion column, “Optimizing Work With Play: A Gamification Primer,” by Natalie J. Sintek, M.A., and Nico Pronk, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP. The articles are available free of charge on the journal’s website until June 24, so download your copies today.

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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.


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Don’t forget the trail mix. Tweaking a few settings on your gym’s treadmill can help you better prepare for your next outdoor hike, finds a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Italian researchers put guys through a series of outdoor tests designed to gauge heart rate, metabolic activity, oxygen consumption, and other measures of physical activity related to hiking. Afterward, the researchers brought the men indoors and tried to achieve the same activity levels on a treadmill. Here’s what they figured out.
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This Earth Day Get Physical About the Environment
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This year, consider focusing on Earth Day through a new lens. Active Transportation – increased walking and bicycling for transportation— can not only help the environment but also the health of participants. Active Transportation fosters good environmental stewardship and also provides health benefits, strengthens communities and relationships, promotes economic development and resource conservation, and much more.
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