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Active Voice: Team-Based Learning in Exercise Science Education
ACSM & Partner Organizations To Release 2013 Update of Team Physician Consensus Statement On Thursday
Congratulations to ACSM Legacy Members
Policy Corner: Register Now for Every Body Walk! Walking Summit, Oct. 1-3
Call for Medical Staff Applications: US Lacrosse U.S. Women’s National Team
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

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Best practices in Concussion Management suggests that baseline testing include the following – Cognitive Assessment, Balance Assessment and Symptoms Checklist. The Biodex Balance Assessment Program for Concussion Management quantifies balance pre- and post-injury. The mCTSIB measures Postural Sway, identifying disturbances in balance and all three sensory feedback systems post-concussion.

Active Voice: Team-Based Learning in Exercise Science Education
By Brian B. Parr, Ph.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Brian B. Parr, Ph.D., is an associate professor of exercise and sports science at the University of South Carolina Aiken in Aiken, SC. He is an ACSM member and certified exercise specialist. Dr. Parr also chairs the ACSM Exercise Sciences Education Interest Group and has presented on teaching topics at ACSM and other professional meetings.

This commentary, along with two others scheduled to appear in SMB this summer, relates to a special tutorial session on teaching innovations in exercise science that Dr. Parr and two of his ACSM colleagues presented as part of the program at the 2013 SEACSM Annual Meeting

Think about the last time you took on a new task or assignment at work. Maybe you had to implement a new program or answer a question about a new product from a client. Did someone come to you and give you an organized lecture telling you everything you need to know? Of course not! You almost certainly did what any professional would do: you identified what you needed to know, sought the relevant information, and used that information to complete the program or provide factual information to your client. And more likely than not, you did this by working with others.

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  • ACSM & Partner Organizations To Release 2013 Update of Team Physician Consensus Statement On Thursday

    Athletes of all levels —from youth leagues to professional — benefit from the expert care offered by a team physician. ACSM and five other professional organizations will release the "Team Physician Consensus Statement 2013 Update" this Thursday, updating recommendations originally published in 2000. This document will also include new sections guiding the practice of team physicians relating to ethical and medicolegal issues.

    Since the original team physician consensus statement was issued, a series of supplementary documents have been published, making recommendations on specific issues related to a team physician’s practice. The supplementary documents address pertinent topics such as return-to-play decision, concussion (mild traumatic brain injury), injury and illness prevention, sideline preparedness, and psychological issues, among other important topics.

    ACSM members, including Stanley A. Herring, M.D., FACSM and Margot Putukian, M.D., FACSM, collaborated with experts from important partner organizations to author the document, including the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine and American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.

    The 2013 update will be available on Thurday, July 18 on ACSM's website. The team physician consensus statement is published in the August 2013 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, the official journal of ACSM.

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    Congratulations to ACSM Legacy Members

    The ACSM Legacy Member designation recognizes Past-Presidents, past Honor Award recipients and past Wolffe lecturers beginning 25 years after the end of the individual’s presidency, award or lecture. The following Legacy Members were honored at the D.B. Dill Historical Lecture on Friday, May 31st at the Annual Meeting. Legacy Members in attendance along with Past President Barbara Ainsworth, Ph.D., FACSM, also gathered for a group photo.

    Past Presidents
    Peter Raven, Ph.D., FACSM (1987-88)
    John Bergfeld, M.D., FACSM (1984-85)
    William L. Haskell, Ph.D., FACSM (1983-84)
    Henry S. Miller, Jr., M.D., FACSM (1981-82)
    David R. Lamb, Ph.D., FACSM (1980-81)
    James S. Skinner, Ph.D., FACSM (1979-80)
    Jack H. Wilmore, Ph.D., FACSM (1978-79)
    John L. Boyer, M.D., FACSM (1977-78)
    David L. Costill, Ph.D., FACSM (1976-77)
    Roy J. Shephard, Ph.D., FACSM (1975-76)
    Charles M. Tipton, Ph.D., FACSM (1974-75)
    Howard G. Knuttgen, Ph.D., FACSM (1973-74)
    John Faulkner, Ph.D., FACSM (1971-72)
    Henry J. Montoye, Ph.D., FACSM (1962-63)

    Past Wolffe Lecturers
    Peter Cavanagh, Ph.D., FACSM (1987)
    William P. Morgan, Ed.D., FACSM (1986)
    Jerome A. Dempsey, Ph.D., FACSM (1985)
    Dirk Pette, Ph.D. (1984)
    Frank Noyes, M.D. (1983)
    George Bray, M.D. (1982)
    William P. Castelli, M.D. (1981)
    Loring B. Rowell, Ph.D. (1980)
    Edward C. Percy, M.D. (1978)
    Ejnar Eriksson, M.D., Ph.D. (1976)
    Bengt Saltin, M.D. (1972)

    Past Honor Awardees
    Jere H. Mitchell, M.D., FACSM (1988)
    John Holloszy, M.D., FACSM (1987)
    Charles M. Tipton, Ph.D., FACSM (1986)
    Per-Olof Astrand, M.D. (1973)

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    Policy Corner: Register Now for Every Body Walk! Walking Summit, Oct. 1-3

    Initiatives such as the Every Body Walk! collaborative, of which ACSM is a key partner, put into practice ACSM's evidence-based emphasis on physical activity as a public health priority. You'll be inspired by the top minds in walking, urban planning and design, real estate, and public health at the Every Body Walk! Walking Summit this October. Join us to get dozens of ideas that will power up your efforts to promote walking and create walkable communities.

    The speaking lineup to date includes:
    • Kaiser Permanente Chairman George Halvorson
    • New York Times Bestselling Author of Contagious, Jonah Berger
    • Exercise is Medicine Chairman Robert Sallis, MD, FACSM
    • Safe Routes to School National Partnership Founding Director Deb Hubsmith
    Space is limited. Register today and take advantage of the early bird discount of $150. Also, the first 250 registrants will be guests at an invitation-only special opening-night reception.

    We look forward to seeing you at the 2013 Walking Summit, October 1 to 3 in Washington, D.C.

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    Basketballs, Volleyballs Can Harbor Bacteria, Research Shows
    Huffington Post
    When you think of a surface in the gym with lots of germs and general grossness, your first pick might be something like a locker room bench. But according to a new study, volleyballs and basketballs could also be homes for bacteria.

    A recent study presented at a meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine showed that Staphylococcus aureus bacteria can survive on a sports ball for three days in typical storeroom conditions. And even if a ball is sterilized, it can accumulate the bacteria when it's used.

    "The overwhelming prevalence of Staph. aureus we encountered supports our understanding of the gym environment as a reservoir of germs," Joshua A. Cotter, a postdoctoral fellow in orthopedic surgery at the University of California, Irvine, who supervised the study, said in a statement. "Institutions, coaches, and athletes should take note of the role the sports ball can play as a vehicle for the transmission of potentially life-threatening germs."

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    Running in the Heat Safely
    Fitness Magazine
    Baby, it's hot outside — but what's a devoted runner to do? "Match your workout to the weather by slowing down during exercise and seeking shade afterward," says Samuel N. Cheuvront, PhD, a research physiologist at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. To beat the heat, heed his 411.

    Pick sunrise or sunset. Your best bet on a hot day is to head out in the early morning or evening, when your shadow is twice as long as you are tall. According to the National Weather Service, exposure to direct sunlight can increase how hot it feels by as many as 15 degrees.

    Mind the 90-degree line. "When the mercury is above 90 — the temperature of the surface of your skin — you'll gain heat from the air around you, and your body heat will have nowhere to go," Cheuvront warns. At that tipping point, you'll sweat more and your body temperature will rise rapidly, making you more susceptible to heat-related illness. Go easy or go inside.

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