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Active Voice: ACSM Journals – Scholarly Advancement and Impact Factors Register
Join the ACSM Faculty Network
Policy Corner: Federal Budget Issues— Is Research Funding on the Cutting Block?
Register Now for ACSM, AMSSM, AOSSM Advanced Team Physician Course
Earn Four CECs: New Self-Test on ACSM Online Learning Platform Now Available
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines
 
 


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Active Voice: ACSM Journals - Scholarly Advancement and Impact Factors By Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM
By Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM
Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, is a regents' professor of exercise science in the Department of Kinesiology and Health and associate dean for graduate studies and research in the College of Education at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He has served on the ACSM Board of Trustees and was twice elected a member of its Administrative Council. He is currently serving a second term as chair of the ACSM Publications Committee.

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.


Scientists often question whether their research and resulting publications are making an “impact” on their patients or clients, or within their scientific disciplines. Colleges and universities are wondering the same thing as they try to evaluate professors for tenure and promotion. There are a number of very good ways to evaluate the effectiveness of a journal, but the one that many focus on is the “Impact Factor” (IF) and the resulting journal ranking. It is one measure of a journal’s influence (and that of the professional society) within a discipline or group of related disciplines. There are, of course, arguments for and against using IF as a measure of influence, but we will leave that for another discussion.

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Policy Corner: Federal Budget Issues — Is Research Funding on the Cutting Block?

As Congress returns from its August District Work Period, one of the main issues it will have to grapple with is the federal budget. In addition to the annual appropriations issue and the effects of sequestration, recent reports from the Treasury Department expect that the debt limit could be reached much sooner than expected. According to a letter written by Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew to Speaker John A. Boehner, the federal government will reach the debt limit by mid-October.

This could have far-reaching impact on federal agencies that fund important research and projects supported by ACSM. Below is a news article from CQ News that outlines the issue. ACSM will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that ACSM’s interests are protected.

For further questions or additional information, please contact Monte Ward, Vice President of Government Relations, at mward@acsm.org.

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Register Now for ACSM, AMSSM, AOSSM Advanced Team Physician Course

The 2013 Advanced Team Physician Course is right around the corner – December 5-8 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Check out the Preliminary Program to review all of the interesting and engaging topics to be highlighted during the course, including dynamic discussions on concussion management, sports psychology, ultrasounds and much more.

Register and book your housing today for the best rates. Advance registration ends November 11.

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Earn Four CECs: New Self-Test on ACSM Online Learning Platform Now Available

The Online Learning Platform has a new self-test available for four CECs. To take the test, go to www.onlinelearning-acsm.org and locate the following: ACSM September – October 2013 Health and Fitness Journal Self-Test. Members: don’t forget to enter the member discount code, worth $5 off the original price. If you are a member but don’t have the discount code, please email membership@acsm.org. Please read SMB each week to learn about new CEC opportunities.
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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.


Investing in Green Places for Kids to Play
Seattle Times
By Janet Walberg Rankin, Ph.D., FACSM

The childhood obesity statistics in our country are troubling, but not unsolvable. As a doctor of sports medicine, I was encouraged by the recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention report showing a decline in obesity rates among low-income preschoolers around the country, including in Washington State.

The study found that programs such as First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative are increasing awareness around the country of the need to get kids to be more physically active. Still, we need to do more to keep those numbers headed in the right direction and ensure there is support for creating opportunities to keep kids moving. The ActivEarth initiative promotes active transit such as biking and walking and is a partial answer to this challenge. The program encourages improvements to community infrastructure that increase access to safe and enjoyable physical activity.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) is another valuable resource for communities to use in the ongoing fight against childhood obesity. For 50 years, LWCF has used royalties paid by oil companies drilling off-shore to protect public lands like Mount Rainier National Park and the Mountains to Sound Greenway.

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This is 48: Surfer Dave Kalama Turns a Corner
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Maui's Dave Dalama has a reputation for understatement that is as legendary as his fearless approach to riding monster waves. But don’t let him fool you: at 48, the five-foot-eleven, 200-pound former high school ski racer, windsurfing world champion, tow-in-surfing pioneer, and James Bond stuntman (he rode a 40-foot wave in the opening scene of Die Another Day) is at the top of his game. He’s currently in talks to surf a huge swell somewhere on the planet for the National Geographic 3-D film version of Susan Casey’s bestselling The Wave. And though he didn’t start stand-up-paddleboard racing until his late thirties, he’s dominating younger competition a decade later.

“I still want to win,” says Kalama, who took second at the 32-mile Molokai 2 Oahu Paddleboard World Championships in 2012, bested only by 16-year-old Connor Baxter, who beat him by 24 seconds. “I’m almost getting excited to be 50. Who else at 50 is still competing with twentysomethings?”

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Injuries rare for indoor climbers: study
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Injuries are extremely rare at indoor climbing walls, a new study of more than a half-million visits to a gym in Germany suggests.

Over a five-year period, 30 injuries occurred, most minor and none fatal, which translates to a rate of 0.02 injuries per 1,000 climbing hours - lower than the rate seen among surfers, skiers and Nordic walkers.

"Rock climbing, especially indoor climbing is a very safe sport," Dr. Volker Schoffl, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at the Klinikum Bamberg in Bamberg, Germany, and lead author of the new study, told Reuters Health.

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