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In this issue:

Active Voice: Barefoot Running, Hip Movements and Knee Injuries
White House Conference on Aging Addresses Health, Physical Activity for Older Adults
Wrap-Up: Global Congress on Medicine and Health in Sport
New Issue of the Fit Society Page® Newsletter Now Available
Free Webinar— The M.E. Factors: Defining Value in Worksite Health Promotion
ACSM in the News: Stories Making Headlines


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Active Voice: Barefoot Running, Hip Movements and Knee Injuries
By Colm McCarthy, MRCPI, MICGP, FRACGP, MSc.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Colm McCarthy is a general practitioner and sports doctor. He trained in Ireland and currently works in Perth, Western Australia. He completed a MSc. in sports and exercise medicine at Trinity College Dublin. He has worked with teams in the codes of soccer, Australian rules and Gaelic football. His clinical and research interests focus on running; in particular, knee injuries and rehabilitation and the effect of footwear and gait on performance and injury.

This commentary presents Dr. McCarthy’s views on the topic related to a research article he authored with his colleagues and which appears in the May 2015 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE).

Barefoot running, or running in minimalist shoes, is a somewhat controversial topic— often polarizing both researchers and clinicians. Debate continues about the role of footwear in running performance and injury. Two of the most common running injuries are patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS) and iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS), both causing pain around the knee.
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White House Conference on Aging Addresses Health, Physical Activity for Older Adults
Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama hosted the White House Conference on Aging, which was focused on the issues facing Americans as they plan for retirement, care for older loved ones and work to improve quality of life as they age.

One of the focus areas during the conference was healthy aging. Increasing physical activity is a key part of the healthy aging plan, as well as the other areas listed below:
  • Promoting health and preventing disease and injury
  • Nutrition
  • Preventive health services
  • Managing chronic conditions
  • Optimizing cognitive health
  • Optimizing behavioral health
  • Maximizing independence in homes and communities
  • Promoting community and civic engagement
You can read more about the conference and the healthy aging plan at www.whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov, on Twitter using hashtag #WHCOA or on the Medicare and AARP Facebook pages. A related webinar titled "Go4Life: Promoting Exercise and Physical Activity for Older Adults" will be held this Thursday, July 16th from 12:30-1:30 EDT. The webinar is sponsored by Let's Move Faith and Communities. Visit this page to register.

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Wrap-Up: Global Congress on Medicine and Health in Sport
In conjunction with the 2015 World Medical Football Championships last week, the Global Congress on Medicine and Health in Sport was also held in Long Beach, California. The four-day congress schedule included symposia devoted to injury prevention, orthopedics/sports medicine, concussions/head injury exercise physiology, sports cardiology, nutrition and metabolism, and culminated with the first-ever World Health Systems Symposium on the topic of the global obesity epidemic. The U.S. Medical Soccer Team, a partner of Exercise is Medicine® and ACSM, served as proud hosts of the 2015 World Medical Football Championships and the Global Congress.


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New Issue of the ACSM Fit Society Page® Newsletter Now Available
The theme of this issue is "Adapting Fitness for Special Populations." In this issue, you will read about the benefits of exercise for individuals with special needs or disabilities and how fitness can be incorporated into their daily lives.

Get the latest information from ACSM's leading authorities on changes you can make to improve your health and fitness. Read your free copy today — and don't forget to share this issue with family and friends.

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For more health and fitness information from ACSM, see past issues of our ACSM Fit Society Page.

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Free Webinar — The M.E. Factors: Defining Value in Worksite Health Promotion
The International Association for Worksite Health Promotion, an ACSM affiliate society, is hosting a free webinar titled “The M.E. Factors: Defining Value in Worksite Health Promotion” on Wednesday, August 19 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time.

In the webinar, George Pfeiffer, president and founder of The WorkCare Group, Inc., will present a new model that challenges health promotion practitioners and other human capital management professionals to better align their respective services within four strategic areas:
  1. Meaningful Enterprise
  2. Meaningful Employment
  3. Meaningful Environment
  4. Meaningful Engagement
The program offers one ACSM Continuing Education Credit (CEC). Register Today!

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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.


Is High-Intensity Interval Training Your Get-Fit Answer?
U.S. News & World Report
Any exercise is better than none.

But, for those able to do it, higher intensity exercise – running, rather than walking, for example – can further boost the health payoff, such as increasing cardiovascular benefits.

Unfortunately, experts say that with roughly two-thirds of Americans considered overweight or obese, starting or sticking to a demanding exercise routine is an uphill battle. Physical exertion alone can deter many, and something else may be at play, too: perception of effort.

Recent research suggests, though, that short bursts of hard exercise, with breaks in between – or high-intensity interval training – may reduce so-called perceptual drift, compared with continuous exercise. Though further study is needed, some say HIT could provide an alternative option for unfit individuals dreading long runs or other continuous exercise to achieve improved fitness. "At some point, all we're trying to do is make exercise more palatable," says Marcus Kilpatrick, an associate professor of exercise science at the University of South Florida in Tampa, and lead author of a study that examined how the duration of high intensity exercise intervals impacts peoples' perception of exertion.

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Exercise — the 'Cure-All'
The Straits Times
Don't be surprised in future if your doctor asks about your fitness regimen and prescribes a cure that does not involve drugs.

Brisk walk three times a week and swim once a week, or he may refer you to a certified fitness trainer for your "medicine."

"If you can have one drug that can treat all those issues, would you want it?" asks Dr Benedict Tan, who chairs Exercise is Medicine Singapore (EIMS). "That drug is exercise. It kills many birds with one stone."

EIMS is the local chapter of a global initiative aimed at encouraging doctors and other healthcare providers to include exercise in treatment plans for patients. Dr Tan, who heads Changi General Hospital's Changi Sports Medicine Centre, which spearheads EIMS, says he hopes to build a "critical mass" of doctors and allied health and fitness professionals in five years.

It is a long road ahead. Since 2012, EIMS has certified just 109 doctors and 113 allied healthcare professionals. Its website says it aims to train at least half of the 10,000 primary care doctors and fitness professionals in Singapore in five years.

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