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Active Voice: Get ‘Chair Potatoes’ up—Even in Your Office
Partnership with Anytime Fitness Makes Research Subjects Available
Reserve Exhibit Space, Register for ACSM’s IPE Conference
Hot Weather Calls for Caution, Safe Training Practices
Policy Corner: Grant to Foster Underrepresented Minority Scientists
Importance and Opportunity at the Intersection of Science and Policy
Join ACSM Affiliate Societies: CEPA, IAWHP
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Active Voice: Get 'Chair Potatoes' up—Even in Your Office
by Sonja D. Stoffel, PhD, PT    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Active Voice is a column by ACSM experts in science, medicine and allied health. The viewpoints expressed do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Sonja D. Stoffel, PhD, PT, is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health in the Harvard School of Public Health and at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She also is a research scientist at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. Her research focuses on interdisciplinary, comprehensive worksite health promotion. Dr. Stoffel is a Professional-in-Training member of ACSM and a member of the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion, an ACSM affiliate society. She presented research related to this commentary at ACSM’s June 2010 Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine, held in Baltimore.

Are you actually sitting, as you read this? Get up and keep on reading! For most of us, sitting has become our default position. Whether it is at the office, watching TV, or driving a car, we sit more than any previous generation. It’s time to get inventive and take any opportunity to stand and move. Including some physical activity in your workday will improve productivity and contribute to well-being.

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Partnership with Anytime Fitness Makes Research Subjects Available
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Scientists who struggle to find research subjects may benefit from ACSM’s partnership with Anytime Fitness. Approved research surveys will be posted on Anytime Fitness’ new website, www.anytimehealth.com. The firm’s reach (nearly 1 million members and 1,300 clubs in seven countries and all 50 U.S. states) makes available a diverse group of prospective subjects: men, women, young, old, active, less active, healthy and unhealthy.

Past President Jim Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM and doctoral student Erin Kuffel will be the first ACSM members to conduct research using responses from Anytime Fitness members (“Effects of Resistance Training on Pregnancy Outcomes”.)

ACSM researchers interested in using Anytime Fitness’ diverse membership base are asked to contact Director of Anytime Health, Brian Zehetner (brian.z@anytimefitness.com) or National Media Director, Mark Daly mark.daly@anytimefitness.com.

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Hot Weather Calls for Caution, Safe Training Practices
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Athletic excellence in fall sports begins with physical training during the hottest days of summer. While two-a-days may whip athletes into shape, training in hot and humid weather brings risks of dehydration and heat illness. ACSM’s fluid replacement guidelines are provided in the Position Stand “Exercise and Fluid Replacement”, and “Exertional Heat Illness during Training and Competition” provides recommendations intended to reduce the morbidity and mortality of exertional heat-related illness during physical activity. Another relevant resource is the Consensus Statement “Youth Football: Heat Stress and Injury Risk.”

Recently published pieces in ACSM journals offer viewpoints regarding training and hyperthermia. Drs. Douglas Casa, Glen Kenny, and Nigel Taylor provide their perspectives for treatment of exertional hyperthermia in the July 2010 Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Dr. Christopher McGrew gives his view on football conditioning drills with an editorial in the July/August 2010 Current Sports Medicine Reports. Such Position Stands, guidelines and commentary exemplify ACSM’s role in translating science into clinical and public health practices.

Reserve Exhibit Space, Register for ACSM's IPE Conference
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With a record number of abstracts, quality programming, and a beachfront location, we expect excellent attendance at ACSM’s Integrative Physiology of Exercise Conference September 22-25, in Miami Beach, Florida.

View the outstanding programming and speakers at this year’s conference.

Register by August 12 and save!

Exhibit space still available! Showcase your company and products among top experts in the fields of physiology, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic science, physical activity and other related areas. Click here for more information.

Policy Corner: Grant to Foster Underrepresented Minority Scientists
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A federal grant just announced seeks to boost diversity among scientists, including ACSM members conducting basic and applied research. The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has been awarded a five-year, $7.82 million “Diversity Resources for Enrichment, Access and Mentoring” (DREAM) grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences/National Institutes of Health (NIGMS/NIH). FASEB comprises 23 biomedical research organizations, including ACSM. More

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Importance and Opportunity at the Intersection of Science and Policy
by James R. Whitehead, Executive Vice President, ACSM
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The current nexus of science and policy is arguably unique in U.S. history. From the science and research aspects of healthcare legislation and regulations at the federal and state levels, to the stimulus funds devoted to research, to President Obama's goal of establishing "national strategies to sustain a culture of scientific innovation," the interplay of science and policy is readily apparent, and growing moreso. But this is not a new development. For example, Joseph Califano, among many, has lived for decades at the crossroads of U.S. science and policy. More

Join ACSM Affiliate Societies: CEPA, IAWHP
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ACSM members can benefit from joining the College’s two affiliate societies: the Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA) and the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP).

The goal of CEPA is to advance the scientific and practical application of clinical exercise physiology for the betterment of the health, fitness, and quality of life for patients at high risk or living with a chronic disease.

IAWHP advances the global community of worksite health promotion practitioners through high-quality information, services, educational activities, personal and professional development and networking opportunities.

These specialized societies each provide Webinars, audio deskside learning tools, student resources and more. Learn more at www.acsm-cepa.org and www.acsm-iawhp.org.

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.


Stronger Hips May Mean Less Knee Pain for Runners
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Knee pain is the bane of many runners, sometimes causing them to give up running altogether. But knee pain might be lessened by strengthening the hips, a new study finds.

The pilot study, presented recently at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, tested nine female runners who had patellofemoral pain, which some refer to as runner's knee, although other athletes are not immune. The pain often feels like a dull ache around or under the kneecap.

All the runners entered the study with knee pain that was graded on a scale of 1 to 10 while the participants ran on a treadmill. At the beginning of the study all runners were at a pain level of 7. All took part in a six-week hip strengthening program that was guided by Indiana University researchers and included single-leg squats and exercises using resistance tubes. The control group, composed of four of the runners, took part in a six-week control period before starting the program.

The Longer You Sit, the Shorter Your Life Span: Study
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The more Americans engage in one of their favorite pastimes — sitting around — the shorter their average life span, a new study suggests. The effect remained even after researchers factored out obesity or the level of daily physical activity people were engaged in, according to a study of more than 120,000 American adults. More
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