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In this issue:

Active Voice: Why Exercise-based Interventions are so Important to Women’s Health
Wellness Week: September 17-23, 2012
Attend the 2012 Advanced Team Physician Course
Policy Corner: Survey Shows Obesity, Lack of Exercise as Top Children’s Health Concerns
Tune In: Paralympics Begin Friday
Join your ACSM Regional Chapter
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines



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Active Voice: Why Exercise-based Interventions are so Important to Women's Health
By Espen E. Spangenburg, Ph.D.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Espen E. Spangenburg, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research focus includes understanding alterations in cellular metabolic and physiological function under conditions of estrogen dysfunction. This commentary presents Dr. Spangenburg’s views on related research that he and colleagues have published in the October 2012 issue of ACSM’s Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE) and the October 2012 issue of Exercise and Sports Sciences Reviews (ESSR).

News flash -- physical activity is good for us! If you are reading this bulletin, it is highly unlikely that you missed the last 50 years’ worth of seminal data produced by various members of ACSM proving this fact. ACSM clinicians know that it is critical to consider the physical activity status of their patient as part of the initial clinical evaluation and any follow-up evaluations. However, recent cellular and epidemiological data are demonstrating that this is particularly important for women experiencing dysfunction in their estrogen-signaling axis. In women, we recently presented evidence in MSSE that estrogens play a critical role in defining both the metabolic and physiological phenotype of the cell. Even though the cellular mechanisms remain largely elusive, it is well recognized that the phenotype induced by cyclic estrogen exposure protects the cell from cytotoxic insults. Thus, clinical conditions that disrupt estrogen signaling often lead to a transition from a physiological to a pathological state. In fact, early onset of menopause (prior to age 45) significantly increases mortality. It is often assumed that menopause only occurs with advanced age, but numerous clinical conditions result in pre-mature ovarian failure or necessary oophorectomy leading to the early onset of menopause. In years past, it was possible to preserve the cellular phenotype by prescribing estrogen therapy. However evidence released from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) has discouraged this approach among practicing clinicians. Thus, what does a woman do when faced with a condition that results in reduced estrogen function?
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Wellness Week: September 17-23, 2012
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Though many in the U.S. will focus on childhood obesity during September (see COAM article in this issue), there is a growing understanding of the need to prevent noncommunicable diseases throughout the Americas and worldwide. September also marks the first anniversary of the U.N. High-Level Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases and the ACSM-led pre-summit focusing on physical activity as a global health intervention.

Wellness Week, originated in 2010 by the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization, is September 17-23 this year. Activities in numerous countries will emphasize the importance of the built and natural environment and socioeconomic conditions that modify risk factors for NCDs, and will seek to reverse health inequities among vulnerable populations and promote prevention and active living in the Americas.

ACSM has created an online toolkit with background information about Wellness Week and resources such as a draft news release and letter to the editor. Advocates for wellness as a public health strategy are encouraged to download and use the toolkit.

There is also a great deal of information about wellness and Wellness Week on the website of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.




Attend the 2012 Advanced Team Physician Course
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Make plans to join colleagues from ACSM, AMSSM and AOSSM in New Orleans from December 6-9 for the 2012 Advanced Team Physician Meeting, hosted this year by AMSSM. The program committee has put together an excellent academic agenda that emphasizes cutting-edge and controversial sports medicine topics.

Registration is now open.

Specific highlights include:
  • dance medicine
  • hip and elbow disorders in athletes
  • controversial shoulder disorders
  • treatment of early knee arthritis in the athlete
  • and a variety of medical issues in sports
Invited faculty are well-known, experienced medical experts. The course has adequate time for discussion, debate, questions and answers to complement the didactic sessions. Anyone providing medical care to athletes will find this course valuable.

 


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Policy Corner: Survey Shows Obesity, Lack of Exercise as Top Children's Health Concerns
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Watch the Childhood Obesity Awareness Month PSA featuring USA gymnast Shannon Miller

Not surprising, perhaps – but sobering – is the fact that “not enough exercise” and “obesity” are Americans’ top worries about children’s health. These findings, from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, underscore the need to redouble efforts to foster life-long physical activity, exercise and sports participation for all. This research adds to the growing body of evidence linking physical activity, fitness and health care costs, comes as the U.S. prepares to observe September as the third National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.

The survey report, which contains some interesting findings regarding differences by race/ethnicity, states:

In this year’s sixth annual survey of top health concerns conducted by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, adults rate ‘not enough exercise’ as the leading health concern for children in their communities. Childhood obesity and smoking and tobacco use were the second and third most commonly identified child health problems by adults across the United States.

As in past years, many of the top 10 health concerns relate to health behaviors for children and teens: exercise, childhood obesity, smoking and tobacco use, drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy and bullying. Top health concerns this year also include stress, internet safety and child abuse and neglect.

‘Not enough exercise’ is new to the top of the list of biggest child health problems, as measured in the Poll. From 2007 to 2011, childhood obesity, drug abuse and smoking have consistently been rated as the top 3 health problems for kids from the perspective of adults (not just parents) across the United States. More

ACSM is taking the lead to promote Childhood Obesity Awareness Month throughout September. A downloadable toolkit and other information about COAM month is available on the site. Check it out at www.COAM-month.org to find out how can you and your organization can help.



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Tune In: Paralympics Begin Friday
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London will play host to a second major athletic completion beginning this week: The 2012 Paralympic Games. Elite athletes with physical, visual and intellectual impairments will compete to bring home gold for their nation August 27 – September 9. As ACSM did for the Olympic Games, information and resources will be provided in the online Sport Performance Center. ACSM will connect top-tier media with experts in the field throughout the games, provide resources to the public about sports medicine topics, and foster dialogue on Facebook and Twitter. Wondering what events to check out? Read the International Paralympic Committee’s events to watch.


Join your ACSM Regional Chapter
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Regional chapters help advance your career by giving you access to ACSM’s expertise and multi-disciplinary network of professionals close to home so you save time and money.

For your $15 investment, you have access to:
  • Student awards and scholarships
  • Guidance from professional members to assist with graduate school or job transitions
  • Discounts to yearly meetings close to home that provide ACSM’s expertise and information needed to stay current in the field
  • Chance to showcase your research and identify professional colleagues near you who might just be the key to your next research project or job opportunity
  • Opportunity to join ACSM’s 45,000 members and certified professionals that have a powerful voice in supporting policies for a healthier America
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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.


Do athletes make better doctors?
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It may not be the first quality that most medical residency programs evaluate in their applicants, but a new study suggests past success in team sports could be the best indicator of how well a doctor-in-training will do as a resident.

When residency programs evaluate medical school applicants for a few coveted spots, they typically consider grades, standardized test scores, recommendations and interviews.

But researchers from one head and neck specialty program found that a resident having excelled in team sports was a more accurate predictor of success in the program than any of those other factors.
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Mud runs draw the fit and their muck-caked friends
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Mud runs, essentially military-style obstacle races in muck, might appall the neat freak but for some people mud is the medium for a challenging test of true grit and fitness.

Neal Pire, owner of Inspire Training Systems, in Ridgewood, New Jersey, has trained several people for mud runs, which come in varying lengths and levels of difficulty and appeal to people who enjoy performing and withstanding the elements.

"Most of the people I've seen do it are the extreme fitness enthusiasts," said Pire, an expert with the American College of Sports Medicine. "The oldest was in her late 40s. It's not a lifetime affair."
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