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In this issue:

Active Voice: Revising our outlook on physical activity and systemic inflammation in obesity
Tell us your story during Exercise is Medicine Month
Don't miss a tour of the nation’s capital at the ACSM Annual Meeting
Policy Corner: Collins Testifies on 2011 NIH Budget
News conference to unveil revised Preparticipation Physical Examination
Exercise is Medicine™ to be featured at NASCAR races
Remembering Andrew Kozar, Ph.D., FACSM
Sports medicine & exercise science headlines





Active Voice: Revising Our Outlook on Physical Activity and Systemic Inflammation in Obesity
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Active Voice is an occasional column by ACSM experts. These comments do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of ACSM.

Timothy Church, M.D., Ph.D., is a 15-year member of ACSM and an expert on exercise and obesity. He has been lead researcher on several NIH-funded studies investigating physical activity and health issues. Dr. Church directs the Laboratory of Preventive Medicine at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. See the April 2010 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® for two scientific reports from Dr. Church and his colleagues, relating to this Active Voice commentary, on findings from the INFLAME and DREW studies.


Four years of hard work by your dedicated team, and you simply do not want to believe the SAS output...the dreaded negative result. You look at the data from every angle possible but the story does not change. Despite excellent compliance and a large change in fitness, we did not see an improvement in C-reactive protein with exercise training in the INFLAME trial. We had some clue this might happen after we observed similar results from an ancillary analysis of the DREW study; however, because INFLAME was specifically designed to examine exercise and inflammation, we held out hope that the outcome might be different. This is a good example of the importance of conducting a clinical trial instead of relying on the cross-sectional epidemiology data even when the cross-sectional data is very compelling. Many groups, including ours, have reported that regular exercisers have lower levels of CRP compared to non-exercisers even when adjusting for body weight. While some smaller trials have reported exercise training to lower CRP, and other large studies have reported exercise training to have no effect on CRP, it is important to note that INFLAME is the only study to our knowledge specifically designed and conducted to examine the effect of exercise on CRP in individuals with elevated CRP.
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Tell Us Your Story During Exercise is Medicine Month
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May is Exercise is Medicine Month! Tell us how exercise has affected your personal or professional life. How has your health improved because of exercise? Have you impacted a patient or client through exercise counseling or training?

Read others' inspirational stories (including a post from Robert Sallis, M.D., FACSM, chair of the EIM Executive Council) at www.exerciseismedicinemonth.org (click the Physicians or Fitness Professionals doorways). And if you aren’t receiving useful information about the program, sign up!



Don't Miss a Tour of the Nation's Capital at the ACSM Annual Meeting
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The ACSM Annual Meeting and inaugural World Congress on Exercise is Medicine will feature much more than cutting-edge scientific programming. Attendees at the meetings in Baltimore will have a chance to tour the nation's capital as part of their visit, traveling down the famous parade route of Pennsylvania Avenue and passing many notable buildings and monuments.

Reserve your space by Wednesday, May 12! Click here for more information and a registration form.



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Policy Corner: Collins Testifies on 2011 NIH Budget
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On Wednesday, May 5, Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), testified before the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee about the fiscal year (FY) 2011 budget for NIH. The proposed budget has potential impact for ACSM members, including additional funding for young investigators and an increased focus on global health. More

News Conference to Unveil Revised Preparticipation Physical Examination
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In conjunction with several other leading national medical associations, ACSM will hold a news conference Thursday, May 13, to unveil the fourth edition of the Preparticipation Physical Examination monograph. A PPE Campaign & Coalition for Youth Sports Health & Safety will also be announced.

William Roberts, M.D., FACSM, co-editor of the PPE, will speak at the launch, in addition to representatives from the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Academy of Family Physicians, and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Professionals treating young athletes are encouraged to adopt the revised PPE. Visit www.ppesportsevaluation.org for more information.



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Exercise is Medicine to be Featured at NASCAR Races
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NASCAR fans are learning about the benefits of physical activity through several upcoming "Track Walk" sessions at races around the country.

EIM will be featured in Track Walks at three upcoming races: Richmond, Va.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Chicago. Fans who have tickets for the race can join NASCAR drivers as they walk one lap around the track prior to the race. At the end of the walk, they will have the opportunity to ask EIM representatives about exercise. The opportunity was presented to EIM by The Coca-Cola Company.



Remembering Andrew Kozar, Ph.D., FACSM
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ACSM was saddened to learn of the passing of Andrew Kozar, Ph.D., FACSM, on April 29, 2010. Dr. Kozar was a 41-year member of ACSM and a professor at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. His primary research interests included the history and biography of sport/art and exercise. Dr. Kozar was inducted into Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame in 2005 and was awarded the All-American Legends Award by the All-American Football Foundation in Memphis in 2002. He was inducted into Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 and elected to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1979. In 1978, he was honored with the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, selected as one of five distinguished former student-athletes nationwide based on athletic achievement in college, other collegiate activities, baccalaureate degree and career achievement.


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Exercise and Science 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.

 


Study Shows Growth Hormone Boosts Sprint Speed
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Howman and other sports medicine experts said the finding should serve as a warning to those U.S. professional sports organizations that have resisted testing for growth hormone -- which is banned by athletic organizations -- because they say the substance is too difficult to detect. More

Downward-Facing Dog's Life
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Christopher Berger, an exercise physiologist at the University of Pittsburgh, is leading a task force for the American College of Sports Medicine called "Exercise Is Medicine on the Fly," designed to promote physical activity among travelers and airport employees. More
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