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Active Voice: Personal Trainers as Professionals
Register Today for Developing the Healthy Youth Athlete: Innovation and Best Practices in Going the Distance
Policy Corner: Congress to Tackle Funding on Short Timeline
Register for Fitness & Health Social Media Conference
2014 International Award Applications Now Available
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Active Voice: Personal Trainers as Professionals
By Richard T. Cotton, M.A.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Richard Cotton is ACSM’s National Director of Certification and Registry Programs. He has worked in the health and fitness industry for more than 30 years. Cotton earned a B.A. in education from Wayne State University, Detroit, and an M.A. in exercise science from San Diego State University. He holds ACSM certifications as Preventive and Rehabilitative Program DirectorSM and ACSM Exercise Specialist®. He frequently serves as an expert source on behalf of ACSM in print, broadcast and Web-based media

While Frank Bruni’s July 27 column in the New York Times, "Our Pulchritudinous Priesthood," may accurately reflect some personal trainers in the industry, I’d like to highlight some of the recent steps ACSM has taken to further solidify professional education and certification for fitness professionals.As the American College of Sports Medicine’s national director of certification, I know the process by which we have certified thousands of highly qualified exercise professionals who, each day, make a significant difference in their clients’ health. A standard of best practices does exist for personal trainers in the fitness industry, and most of ACSM's certifications require a bachelor’s degree in exercise science or kinesiology at minimum — and we certify up to the Ph.D. level. When selecting trainers, the best criteria to use are their education, certification and training background, not whether they themselves appear to be fit.

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Register Today for Developing the Healthy Youth Athlete: Innovation and Best Practices in Going the Distance

Caring for youth athletes — from recreational to elite — spans many disciplines and topics. Register now for this two-day conference, hosted by ACSM and ESPN Wide World of Sports with an array of supporting organizations. Register now for “Developing the Healthy Youth Athlete: Innovation and Best Practices in Going the Distance”, a two-day conference, hosted by ACSM and ESPN Wide World of Sports with an array of supporting organizations. Attend this extraordinary event to engage in interactive discussions focused on redefining the youth sports model.

Program Topics include:
  • Youth Sports Development
  • Maturation & Development
  • Specialization
  • Assessment/Functional Movement
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Concussions
  • Youth Olympics
Conference Features:
  • Panel/Audience Strategy Sessions
  • ESPN Innovation Lab
  • Ideas about Linking Innovation Trends in Youth Sports
  • Top National Experts Youth Sports
  • Essential Updates on Major Developments
  • Reception and tour at ESPN Wide World of Sports
Visit the website to see a listing of keynote speakers and national experts.

Register today.

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Policy Corner: Congress to Tackle Funding on Short Timeline

Scientists engaged in federally funded research, like all those whose work depends on federal appropriations, are intensely interested in congressional work on the federal budget. Congress has not passed any of the appropriations bills that fund important agencies such as the National Institute of Health (NIH) or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). When the House returns from its August recess, they will have only nine days before the end of the fiscal year. Recognizing that the Congress will not be able to pass all of the appropriation bills, Speaker John A. Boehner says he wants a continuing resolution that temporarily funds the government to cover a short period of time, likely two months, according to several senior Republicans. That would push talks on the rest of the fiscal year into November — around the time the federal debt limit likely will need to be raised.

Senate Democrats want a measure, similar to the six-month extension (PL 112-175) enacted last September, that could be dealt with separately from other fiscal issues, including a possible overhaul of the tax code and a replacement for the sequester (PL 112-25).

A straight-line extension of current appropriations through fiscal 2014 would put discretionary spending at $988 billion. However, many House Republicans are insisting levels be set at the sequester cap of $967 billion.

The House has planned nine legislative days before the fiscal year ends Sept. 30, while the Senate is in for 16 days. That leaves little time to complete all of the appropriations bills. ACSM will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that agencies such as the NIH and CDC receive adequate funding.

For questions or additional information, please contact Monte Ward, ACSM vice president of government relations (

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Register for Fitness & Health Social Media Conference

The 2013 Fitness & Health Social Media Conference, taking place September 26-29 in Boulder and Denver, Colorado, is the premier conference discussing the communication of cutting-edge health and fitness information to the public via blogging and social media. ACSM is a partner for this conference, which is a unique combination of blogging, social media and hard science and will include:
  • Presentations on how to use blogging and social media in the communication of health and fitness. Topics will address blogging, website optimization, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, YouTube, and more.
  • Carol Torgan, Ph.D., FACSM, presenting a session titled “Communication of Evidence-Based Health and Wellness Information.”
  • Continuing education credits for instructors certified by either the American Council on Exercise or the American College of Sports Medicine.
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2014 International Award Applications Now Available

Oded Bar-Or International Scholar Award

The Oded Bar-Or International Scholar Award allows professionals to gain technical expertise and/or scientific knowledge through an international exchange program. Award recipients from the United States and Canada are required to travel to an institution outside of the United States or Canada. Similarly, award recipients from countries other than Canada and the United States are required to travel to an institution within the United States or Canada.

International Student Award

The International Student Award honors students from countries outside of North America and helps fund travel expenses for those traveling to the ACSM Annual Meeting to present their scholarly work.

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Combating Cancer: Exercising Benefits Cancer Patients, Both in Treatment and After
Times Free Press
One week after being diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in the summer of 1997, Lynda Hood underwent major surgery. Two days later, a week before her chemo treatments began, she started exercising to help the healing process.

“It made me feel better,” she says.

Sixteen years later, there’s no sign of cancer, and Hood says she’s a firm believer that routine exercising has helped keep the disease at bay.

The benefits of exercising during recovery is becoming more widely known. In 2005, a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that breast cancer patients who walked briskly for three hours a week had almost a 50 percent reduction in their risk of recurrence.

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Cardiac Arrest More Common at Ice Arenas Than Gyms
Machines to restart a heart in cardiac arrest are often required by law in fitness clubs, but a new study found that people's hearts more commonly stop in places that are home to alternative forms of exercise.

Researchers found the employees of indoor tennis facilities, ice arenas and bowling alleys in and around Seattle were more likely to have to respond to someone in cardiac arrest, compared to those at health clubs and fitness centers.

"You've got higher site incidence at those three areas. That's kind of interesting. If we're legislating AEDs to traditional fitness clubs, shouldn't they be legislated to the others?" Dr. Richard Page, the study's lead author and chair of the department of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, said.

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