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Sports Medicine Bulletin
August 18, 2009  
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ACSM Members Receive National Attention for Groundbreaking Breast Cancer Study
A study led by ACSM Fellow Kathryn Schmitz, Ph.D., made national headlines last week, reporting that weight lifting is highly beneficial for breast cancer survivors. Study subjects experienced incidence of exacerbations of lymphedema, reduced symptoms, and increased strength as a result of slow, progressive weight lifting. The study’s findings were featured on MSNBC and the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

Schmitz played a strategic role on the planning committee of the recently convened ACSM roundtable on exercise guidelines for cancer survivors. She is serving as lead writer on the cancer guidelines paper resulting from the roundtable, and is also a member of ACSM Annual Meeting Program Committee. Another ACSM member, Cathy Bryan, M.Ed., also served on the breast cancer study team. More

Tell Your Patients About the World Heart Games

ACSM is proud to announce that we will be hosting the World Heart Games on May 14 and 15, 2010, in Decatur, Ga., on the beautiful campus of Agnes Scott College near Atlanta. And we want you to get involved! This Olympic-style cardiac rehabilitation event will give cardiac rehab patients of all ages a wide variety of challenging activities to train for and compete in – activities that are both safe and specifically designed for those in cardiac rehab.

If you have patients who have survived a cardiac condition and are undergoing cardiac rehabilitation, we encourage you to speak to them about this event. Visit the World Heart Games Web site to download the World Heart Games brochure to make available in your office, clinic or club. Registration will begin this winter.

If you are unable to participate in the Games, we could still use your support. If you have any industry contacts you think might have interest in sponsoring the World Heart Games, please contact Jessica Hancock at

ACSM Members: Keep Supporting Physical Activity
Last week, ACSM members were highly influential in responding to an article distorting the weight loss benefits of exercise. Members wrote letters to the editors of their local news outlets – in cities like Pittsburgh and Atlanta – and offered their on takes the role of exercise in weight loss and weight maintenance in various blogs. For example, Exercise is Medicine spokesperson Pam Peeke, M.D., featured the issue in her Discovery Health blog.

Members’ efforts were a strategic compliment to ACSM’s national correspondence with media and other prominent health and fitness organizations, in order to gain support for the wide variety of health benefits exercise affords. John Jakicic, Ph.D., FACSM, and the ACSM Task Force on Obesity Prevention & Treatment were key players in guiding this messaging.

Continue to make your voice heard in support of physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Adapt this op-ed piece to your local media outlets; use the wide array of resources on the Exercise is Medicine™ Web site; or simply tell your patients and clients that physical activity, combined with proper nutrition, is essential for good health.

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Sports Medicine Bulletin Survey Results
The feedback and commentary received from ACSM members in recently issued survey about Sports Medicine Bulletin will help guide the newsletter’s future direction. Readers indicated that Q&A articles and science-focused pieces are of high interest, and that article length and readability are on par.

ACSM greatly appreciates responses to the survey – but always welcomes more feedback, ideas and comments from members. Simply send an e-mail to to make your voice heard as we continue to refine and enhance the newsletter.

Join ACSM Affiliate Societies: CEPA, IAWHP
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 and

Policy Corner: Guidelines for Meeting with Elected Officials
Your involvement in Congressional advocacy efforts is vital to advancing a prevention and wellness agenda focused on increasing healthy lifestyle interventions and behaviors. This simple guide to meeting with Congressional staff will help guide your efforts as you reach out to local elected officials during the August recess. More

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Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines

More Incentives to Exercise: The Mood Benefits of Breaking a Sweat
from Reader’s Digest
Sweat for a moment, then bask in the good feeling for hours. That's the message of a study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine's recent annual meeting; the study suggests that the mood benefits of exercise last up to 12 times longer than previously thought. More

Sudden Death Syndrome: Soccer’s Silent Killer
from CNN
With the shock death of Daniel Jarque - the 26 year-old Espanyol captain who suffered a cardiac arrest after training on Saturday - fans were left wondering how a man in such peak condition could endure a fate typically associated with the ageing and obese. More

Safer Batting Helmets Draw Resistance from Some Players
from The New York Times
Three weeks after absorbing the potentially deadly impact of a 93-mile-per-hour fastball on his batting helmet, Edgar Gonzalez still feels dizzy whenever he lies down. Because of the lingering effects of a concussion, Gonzalez, a second baseman for the San Diego Padres, has not played since that experience. When he finally returns, it may be with the newest protective device, one that could one day come to define the look of a major league batter. More

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