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Sports Medicine Bulletin
Sept. 8, 2009  
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ACSM Guidelines Spotlighted as Fall Sports Heat Up
As fall sports take center stage, so do numerous mass media stories on heat illness in young athletes. These stories have brought ACSM to the forefront as a national expert on the topic. The ongoing trial of a Kentucky high school football coach in the on-field death of one of his players has been a particularly noteworthy news-maker. Numerous media sources, including ABC News, have called upon ACSM for resources, often citing the 2005 ACSM Roundtable Consensus Statement "Youth Football: Heat Stress and Injury Risk." The lead author of the consensus statement, Michael Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM, has served as one of ACSM’s lead media authorities on youth heat illness. More

ACSM President-elect Has Global Focus
Best will concentrate on EIM World Congress, multidisciplinary approach, more

ACSM President-elect Tom Best, M.D., Ph.D., FACSM, holds the Pomerene Chair of Primary Care and is Director of the Division of Sports Medicine at The Ohio State University. As President-elect, he chairs the ACSM Annual Meeting Program Committee and is working with that capable group to engineer a state-of-the-science meeting for Baltimore next June. There is a well-established format and process for program development in place, but each President-elect can add creative content that mirrors some of their goals and leadership aspirations for the College.

Dr. Best shared with Sports Medicine Bulletin some of his innovations for the meeting and goals he will carry forward during his tenure as President. More


EIM: Editorial Increases Momentum
An editorial in ACSM’s hometown paper, the Indianapolis Star, endorses the principles of Exercise is Medicine. Coming on the eve of President Obama’s highly anticipated address on health system reform, the piece strongly reinforces the power of physical activity for disease prevention and cost savings. The piece resulted from a meeting that ACSM requested with the Star’s editorial board. More


Webinar Series Offered Free to Students
ACSM student and student alliance members will have a unique opportunity to learn from the best in the business – for free! A new "Meet the Experts" Webinar series will feature valuable information on potential careers/fields in sports medicine and exercise science. Upcoming Webinars include:

Careers in Orthopedic Surgery
Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. Eastern
Led by Angela Smith, M.D., FACSM

Careers in Exercise Epidemiology
Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. Eastern
Led by Steve Blair, P.E.D., FACSM

Register online today!

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Reminder: Recognize Your ACSM Colleagues
Don’t miss out on your chance to share your praise of an ACSM colleague. Every day, ACSM’s 35,000 members and certified professionals are making crucial advancements and breakthroughs in sports medicine and exercise science – and now you can tell others know about others’ achievements. Simply fill out this form and send it to smb@acsm.org by Thursday, Sept. 10. We’ll feature selected recognitions in subsequent issues of Sports Medicine Bulletin, shedding light on the important contributions of so many of our valued members and certified professionals.


ACSM Fellow Completes 9,000-mile Cycling Trip
As reported in past issues of Sports Medicine Bulletin, an ACSM Fellow, Craig Broeder, Ph.D., was cycling 9,000 miles around the United States to raise awareness of and funds for ovarian cancer. Broeder’s journey has now come to a close, ending as scheduled on Aug. 25 at Lance Armstrong’s cycling shop, Mellow Johnny’s, in Austin, Texas.

But the end of the ride doesn’t signal the end of the cause! Broeder is still actively working to promote ovarian cancer prevention, with all proceeds funding ovarian cancer research through the ACSM Foundation. Visit the secure donation page today.


Policy Corner: Fall Outlook: Congressional Priorities
Congress returns to Washington on Sept.8 for a busy fall. Appropriations, health care reform, and energy and climate change legislation will be the drivers for how long Congress remains in session and how much they accomplish. The political tension over health care and climate will color all interactions and slow down other priorities. In the end, the only true "must-pass" legislation are the appropriations bills for fiscal year (FY) 2010, which begins Oct. 1. These spending bills, which include funding for such important agencies as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are likely to be completed over the next few months, with the final bills being signed by mid-November, allowing the federal agencies to implement new programs in a relatively timely fashion and use accurate information while completing the planning for their FY 2011 budget requests. More


ACSM Expert: Exercise Caution on Fitness Machine Claims
Many exercise equipment advertisers make bold claims about their products' benefits – claims that should be taken with a grain of salt, according to an expert in the September/October issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.

David Swain, Ph.D., FACSM, says if an assertion sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

"There is still no 'miracle machine' that will give you the body of a fitness model in just a few minutes per day," Swain said. "The tried-and-true machines that have been around for the longest, like treadmills, have remained staples of the fitness industry for a reason." More


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Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines


Government Went Too Far in Balco Sports Drug Case, Says Court
from Reuters
U.S. government agents investigating alleged steroid use among 10 Major League Baseball players went too far in seizing test results for hundreds of other people from a California lab and using them to expand the probe, an appeals court ruled last Wednesday. More

Late-night Eating Linked to Weight Gain
from The New York Times
A new study in mice suggests that it’s not just how much you eat, but when you eat it, that influences weight gain. More


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