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Active Voice: Football and FIFA – It's Still a Game, Right?
June 22 Deadline to Submit Session Proposals for 2016 Annual Meeting/World Congresses
Don't Miss Free Online Content from Current Sports Medicine Reports
International Paralympic Committee to Host VISTA Conference in October
2015 ACSM Promotional Video: "A Better Life for All"
ACSM in the News: Stories Making Headlines


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Active Voice: Football and FIFA — It's Still a Game, Right?
By Michael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Michael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM, is president and CEO of Youth Sports of the Americas, Birmingham, Ala., as well as executive director of the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute. He is a past trustee of ACSM and currently a member of the Medical Advisory Committee for Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. that provides youth football and cheer and dance programs with an emphasis on maintaining academic standards. Dr. Bergeron also serves on the academic advisory board for the International Olympic Committee’s postgraduate diploma program in sports medicine, and he recently co-chaired the IOC Consensus Meeting on youth athletic development which will be highlighted in a special edition of the
British Journal of Sports Medicine in July 2015.

Here we go again. Another sports scandal. The soccer world (international football) has been shocked over the past several days by numerous reports of bribery and corruption in the sport’s premier governing body, The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). FIFA is an old and venerated institution, established in 1904 with a global mission of protecting the integrity, growth and financial stability of football. FIFA has become a powerful empire, reportedly worth some $2.8 billion. Ironically, and despite its self-declared responsibility to “tackle current challenges to football, such as illegal betting and bribery,” officials at the highest levels of the organization now have been accused of agreeing to accept bribes in connection with selection of the host countries for the 1998 and 2010 World Cup. For more on the latest news, see: http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/05/football/fifa-corruption-scandal/index.html.

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June 22 Deadline to Submit Session Proposals for 2016 Annual Meeting/World Congresses
Don't miss the session proposal deadline for the 63rd ACSM Annual Meeting, 7th Annual World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on Basic Science of Energy Balance, which will be held May 31- June 4, 2016, in Boston, Massachusetts. Proposals may be submitted online and are due by 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, June 22. Abstract submissions will be accepted beginning in September.
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Don't Miss Free Online Content from Current Sports Medicine Reports
Check out the three free featured articles from the May/June 2015 issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports at www.acsm-csmr.org.

The free featured articles from the May/June 2015 issue include: The articles are available free of charge on the journal's website until June 23, so download your copies today. Current Sports Medicine Reports is the official clinical review journal of ACSM and is written specifically for ACSM physician members to provide a thorough review of the most current sports medicine literature. ACSM physician members receive an online subscription to this journal as a member benefit.

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International Paralympic Committee to Host VISTA Conference in October
The seventh VISTA Conference, hosted by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), will be held in the historic Spanish city of Girona October 7-10, 2015. VISTA is designed to promote and advance the mission, goals, objectives and reputation of the IPC and provide a platform for the academic world to meet with athletes and professional experts in the field of sport for athletes with an impairment. It provides a forum for exchange on the latest information, research and expertise related to the paralympic movement and promotes cross-disciplinary interaction among sport scientists, athletes, coaches, administrators and the media. Register for the event before next Monday (June 15) at www.paralympic.org/vista-2015 and receive special pricing. Look for more information about this conference in upcoming issues of SMB.
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2015 ACSM Promotional Video: "A Better Life for All"
Those attending the Joseph B. Wolffe Memorial Lecture during ACSM's Annual Meeting were treated to this brief video illustrating how ACSM makes the world a better place through research, clinical practice and other initiatives. View "A Better Life for All" online and share it with your students, colleagues and friends.

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ACSM in the News includes recent stories featuring the college and its members as subject matter experts. ACSM is a recognized leader among national and international media and a trusted source on sports medicine and exercise science topics. Because these stories are written by the media, they do not necessarily reflect ACSM statements, views or endorsements. These stories are meant to share coverage of ACSM with members and inform them about what the public is reading and hearing about the field.


World Cup Artificial Turf Battle: Is Grass Better?
Discovery News
When the world's best women's soccer players lace up their cleats this weekend in Canada for the World Cup, they will be playing on a surface that many professional players avoid if possible: artificial turf.

While it's easier to maintain and lasts longer, many players complain it's "second-class," causing "turf burns" that chew up unexposed skin on thighs and elbows, or posing a greater risk of twisted knees and ankles.

In fact, a group of U.S. women sued to force Canada to install grass just like the men play on at the World Cup level, but dropped their fight after officials at soccer’s organizing body, FIFA, refused to budge. Now that the games are about to begin, some are asking is turf really any more dangerous than grass, especially when it comes to injuries?

"I don't think there's anything that compares to a well-taken care of grass pitch," says Alex Singer, a 27 year-old defender for the Washington Spirit, a women's pro team. “Grass feels good. It smells good. It's good for my body as well."

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Desk Workers Should Stand, Walk 2 Hours During Workday
Medscape
Employees in predominantly desk-based occupations should be swapping their seats for their feet and accumulating two hours a day of standing and strolling walking during working hours, and eventually that should progress to 4 hours daily, according to a consensus statement published online June 1 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Workers are advised to break seat-based tasks by periodically standing up to work, using sit-stand desks, and taking short active standing breaks, advises an expert panel led by John P. Buckley, PhD, an exercise physiologist at the University of Chester's Institute of Medicine in the United Kingdom.

The evidence is strong enough medically for US physicians to recommend workplace standing to their patients, said ergonomist Allan Hedge, PhD, a professor in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and a consensus panel member. "The research evidence supports action now," he told Medscape Medical News. "Numerous studies show that interspersing periods of sitting with standing and moving/strolling benefits circulatory function and helps regulate risk factors for obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and some cancers.

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