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In this issue:

Active Voice: The Team/Sports Medicine Physician and Drug Abuse
Policy Corner: Concussion Laws—Halfway There and Running Strong
Extraordinary Candidates Sought for Exceptional Opportunities
National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: Simple, Quick Ways to Get Involved
Register Online, Get Early Bird Rate for UKsem 2011
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines





Active Voice: The Team/Sports Medicine Physician and Drug Abuse
By Gary I. Wadler, M.D., FACSM    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gary Wadler, M.D., FACSM practices internal medicine and sports medicine in Manhasset, New York, and he is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. He has served as medical advisor to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy and recently served as chairman of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List and Methods Committee. Dr. Wadler is an expert on sport and substance abuse and has provided medical leadership and served as a policy advisor on these matters at the highest levels nationally and internationally for many years. This commentary appeared in a recent issue of the Professionals Against Doping in Sports (PADS) e-newsletter. To sign up for this quarterly e-newsletter, visit www.nodope.org.

Unlike community-based physicians, team/sports medicine physicians are well positioned to observe athletes in varied settings and conditions over an extended period of time. Consequently, they may observe changes in behavior, mood, performance, appearance and interpersonal relationships (e.g., arguments with teammates and inappropriate challenges to authority figures). The drug-abusing athlete may routinely show up late or early to practice and exhibit an increase in injuries or an excessive reliance on medication. All these might suggest substance abuse. Together with a physical examination and a properly timed and administered drug testing protocol, a diagnosis of substance abuse can be established.
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Policy Corner: Concussion Laws—Halfway There and Running Strong
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If enacting effective concussion laws is a marathon, then advocates are heading into mile 16 with gusto. ACSM and other proponents of youth athlete safety scored big in the 2011 state legislative session. More than half the states now have laws based on Washington State’s Zackery Lystedt Law, with Chicago and Washington, D.C. following suit. The NFL, which put its muscle behind the effort, links to a state-by-state rundown and other resources from its health-and-safety website. ACSM convened the National Coalition on Youth Sport Concussion (NCYSC), uniting medical societies, sports organizations, brain injury advocates, school officials and others to support laws that embody the principles of effective youth concussion laws.

ACSM and the American Academy of Neurology, representing the Coalition, got a jump on the 2012 session at the annual summit of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) last week in San Antonio. A news conference featured Rep. Four Price – author of the comprehensive concussion bill that Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed in June – and Paul Saenz, D.O., a San Antonio-based physician for professional, school and Olympic teams. Numerous elected officials and staff visited the NCYSC booth, expressing interest concussion for their states during the upcoming legislative session.

ACSM, the Coalition, NCSL and the NFL remain committed to helping states pass effective laws governing concussion in youth sports. The National Athletic Trainers’ Association stepped up big-time in San Antonio, joining the Coalition and bolstering the news conference with members who had helped to pass Natasha’s Law in Texas.

Millions of youth athletes are playing more safely this fall under Lystedt-like laws enacted in their states. If ACSM and other advocates have their way, players in every state would be protected by this time in 2012.



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Extraordinary Candidates Sought for Exceptional Opportunities
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ACSM is taking historic steps forward in the fields of evidence-based science and youth sports health and safety, and last week, we announced the creation of two new positions at the ACSM National Center in Indianapolis. We are now accepting applications for the following:
  • Program Officer for National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute. The program officer will play an integral role in planning, creating and managing all program initiatives for the Institute. The Institute, which will be run by Sanford Health and ACSM, will have an initial programmatic emphasis on unique clinical conditions in youth athletic populations, mild traumatic brain injury/concussion, heat illness and injury, and overuse/overload and injury risk. View full job description and apply online.
  • Vice President for Evidence-Based Practice and Scientific Affairs for ACSM. The vice president will be responsible for advancing ACSM's leadership of and contribution of evidence-based activities. Candidates with a depth of knowledge and seasoned, successful experience in all aspects of evidence methods, systematic review and meta-analyses are encouraged to apply online. View full job description.
Please help promote these substantial employment opportunities. If you or your professional colleagues have interest in either position, we encourage you to apply or nominate someone.





National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: Simple, Quick Ways to Get Involved
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September 2011 will be the 2nd Annual National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month in the U.S. This year, it’s easier than ever to get involved. Now, and during the month of September, you can:
  • Secure a governor’s or mayor’s proclamation from your state governor or local mayor declaring September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. After getting your elected official’s signature, send us a copy at publicinfo@acsm.org, so we can recognize your efforts. If you secure a proclamation, ask the mayor to hold a special press announcement or event signifying National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. It’s an opportunity for officials to showcase their commitment to ending the childhood obesity epidemic.
  • Utilize the numerous resources in our National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month downloadable toolkit. The toolkit is complete with sample proclamations, news releases and social media messages you can use to bring National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month to your community.
  • Download our ready-made Public Service Announcements to spread the word about National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month to your contacts. You can use any of the PDF files and use in a print campaign, electronic newsletter or any format you like. You can also make your Facebook profile photo a COAM image to show your friends you support National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.
  • Lend your organization’s support to National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Want to be listed as a partner? Simply email publicinfo@acsm.org with a copy of your logo, and we’ll include you on our growing list of advocates and supporters.
Look for more National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month updates and resources in future issues of SMB.



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Register Online, Get Early Bird Rate for UKsem 2011
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ACSM members are invited to attend the ASICS UKsem 2011, Europe's largest interdisciplinary conference on sports medicine, science, conditioning, rehabilitation and performance coaching. The conference will be held Nov. 23-26, 2011 at ExCel, London. Learn more about the program, workshops and exhibition.

Early bird registration ends Aug. 31. Register online.





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.


Diana Nyad Ends Swim Early, But Senior Athletes Going Strong
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It's over. Battling winds and ocean currents, Diana Nyad ended her second bid to swim from Cuba to the Florida keys. The 61-year-old athlete was safely pulled from the water after swimming for 29 hours - roughly halfway through the marathon swim, which had been expected to last 60 hours, the Associated Press reported.

Before the swim on Monday morning, Nyad explained why she was attempting such an outlandish feat. "I'm almost 62 years old and I'm standing here at the prime of my life," she told CNN. "I think this is the prime. When one reaches this age, you still have a body that's strong but now you have a better mind."
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Exercise Should Be 'Standard Part of Cancer Care'
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Professor Robert Thomas: "You can reduce the chances of cancer coming back if you continue to exercise"

All patients getting cancer treatment should be told to do two and a half hours of physical exercise every week, says a report by Macmillan Cancer Support.
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A Fitness Challenge from My Phone
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We all do better with a little bit of feedback: getting an A on a paper feels good and inspires you to earn another one. This applies to a healthy lifestyle, too -- a study released this month by the American College of Sports Medicine found that adults who got real-time feedback about their diet and exercise progress were more likely to stick with their program. More
 
 

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