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Sports Medicine Bulletin
July 21, 2009  
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Annual Meeting Program Committee Meets In Indianapolis
2010 Meeting Promises New Research, Groundbreaking EIM Congress
The group of professionals comprising ACSM’s Annual Meeting Program Committee are some of the industry’s best minds in sports medicine and exercise science – and they’re directing strategies and symposia that will make the 2010 Annual Meeting a huge success.

The committee met at ACSM’s headquarters in Indianapolis July 17-18 to choose named lecture presenters, discuss exchange lectures, and more. In addition, the group focused on the inaugural Exercise is Medicine™ World Congress, to be held in conjunction with the 2010 meeting. To learn more, visit

ACSM to Work With Surgeon General Nominee on Physical Activity Initiatives
Following President Obama’s announcement of Regina Benjamin, M.D., as his recommendation for the next U.S. Surgeon General, ACSM communicated with the Alabama doctor on the importance of physical activity as a preventive measure. This communication builds on an existing working agreement between ACSM and the Office of the Surgeon General to promote healthy behaviors. The Office collaborated with the Exercise is Medicine™ program to produce a series of public service announcements last year.

In this letter from ACSM President James Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM, encouraged Dr. Benjamin to build her legacy around prevention through healthy lifestyles, citing the importance and benefits of physical activity. ACSM will continue its communication with Dr. Benjamin and her staff, before and after the Senate confirms her appointment.

Policy Corner: ACSM's Multi-mode Advocacy
Advocacy can take many forms—sometimes within the same week. July 13-17, for example, saw a variety of communications from ACSM leadership, staff and member advocates, all aimed at keeping physical activity and exercise at the forefront of public discussion and legislation.

Sending the Media a Message About Prevention
In a letter to a large list of American media, Robert Sallis, M.D., FACSM, clarified that prevention means more than expensive diagnostic tests and should include a healthy dose of physical activity. Sallis wrote in his capacity as a practicing physician and as chair of the Exercise is Medicine™ Task Force.

Please consider adapting Dr. Sallis’ letter to send to your local newspaper as a reader/expert. More

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ACSM Emeritus Member Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
The President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports recently honored ACSM emeritus member Asahel (Ash) Hayes, Ed.D., with a lifetime achievement award. Hayes, a former executive director of the Council during the Reagan administration, has been a champion for physical activity, health and fitness for more than six decades. He is a 41-year member of ACSM.

ACSM and Its Members: Making National News
ACSM and its members often make national news, in outlets from the New York Times to USA Today to The Tonight Show. ACSM’s membership boasts a wide variety of experts who serve as authorities on the health, fitness and science aspects of sports and exercise. More

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Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines

Lifting Your Spirits: Cancer Patients Can Benefit from Exercise
from St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Robert Unell remembers the day his wife went to her first Jazzercise class after several months of breast cancer treatments, including a mastectomy.

"She came home bawling," he said. "I asked why, and she said, 'I'm back with all the kids doing what they're doing. I'm back in the swing.' "

In other words, he said, she was crying tears of joy. More

Patterns: Danger for High School Football Players
from The New York Times
A new study finds that high school football players experience greater acceleration forces to their heads when they collide with other players than college players do, possibly increasing the danger of injuries like concussions. More

Repair ACL Injuries in Young Athletes Quickly
from Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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