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In this issue:

Active Voice: Marathon Running: Healthy or Harmful?
Deadline Approaching for Abstracts for the National Strategic Summit: Roadmap for Physical Activity, Lifestyle, and Comparative Effectiveness Research
Policy Corner: Wellness Week Policy Forum; Designing Programs for Youth PA
Register for Webinar: Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity
Francis O’Connor, M.D., MPH, FACSM, Awarded 2012 Korey Stringer Institute Lifesaving Award
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines



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Active Voice: Marathon Running: Healthy or Harmful?
By Johannes Scherr, M.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.

Johannes Scherr, M.D., graduated from the University of Freiburg Medical School, Freiburg i. Br., Germany. He performed residencies in internal medicine and sports medicine at the Heart Center in Freiburg-Bad Krozingen and at the University Hospital ´Klinikum rechts der Isar´ of the Technische Universitaet Muenchen, Germany. His research activities relate to biochemical and physiological effects of prolonged and vigorous exercise, with special focus on the cardiovascular system. He has published several research articles on the effects of marathon running. He is chief team physician of the German National Alpine Ski Team. This commentary presents Dr. Scherr’s views associated with the research article he and his colleagues published in the September 2012 issue of ACSM’s Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise® (MSSE).

Regular moderate physical activity is an important strategy to improve risk factors for heart disease and prevent myocardial infarction and stroke. In addition, exercise is an effective tool in patients with disease such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer or heart failure. To distribute this information, the American College of Sports Medicine has launched the global initiative Exercise is Medicine®.
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Deadline Approaching for Abstracts for the National Strategic Summit: Roadmap for Physical Activity, Lifestyle, and Comparative Effectiveness Research
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Arizona State University will host the National Strategic Summit: Roadmap for Physical Activity, Lifestyle, and Comparative Effectiveness on November 17, 2012. This one-day conference, developed by ACSM Past President Barbara Ainsworth, Ph.D., FACSM, will explore the need for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) in physical activity interventions relating to medicine, pharmaceuticals, and surgery. A roadmap for CER for physical activity and healthy lifestyle approaches in health outcome research will be presented.

Featured speakers include:
Steven Blair, P.E.D., FACSM
Patrick McBride, M.D.
Jim Sallis, Ph.D., FACSM
Abby King, Ph.D., FACSM
James Levine, Ph. D.
Tom Best, M.D., Ph.D., FACSM
I-Min Lee, M.D., Sc.D., FACSM
Scott Ramsey, M.D., Ph.D.

Deadline for abstracts is September 19, 2012. View the abstract submission site here.


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Policy Corner: Wellness Week Policy Forum; Designing Programs for Youth PA
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ACSM, The World Bank and the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization will sponsor a policy forum on September 21 titled “ACTIVE CITIES: Transforming Communities for Smart Growth and Health.” The forum will feature top leaders and researchers from across North and South America discussing the Multi-sector Role of Government in Promoting Active Cities as well as best practices and stories from the field.

Wellness Week, originated in 2010 by the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization, is September 16-22 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.

Youth Physical Activity Programs
Coinciding with the kickoff of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and the U.S. Open, a new set of guidelines for creating quality physical activity programming for youth were announced Sept. 1 by the Partnership for a Healthier America in collaboration with ACSM, Let’s Move!, the United States Tennis Association and others. Experts from across the public and private sectors collaborated to determine the basic elements that make up a successful physical activity program.

“Offering best practices for youth programs – whether they are organized sports or unstructured play – will help encourage kids to participate in opportunities for physical activity,” said Janet Walberg Rankin, Ph.D., FACSM, president of ACSM. “This has been a most appropriate collaboration for ACSM, helping to identify the elements that apply to all programs, all kids, and all activities.”

The seven program design filters outlined in the announcement include:
  • Strive for universal access
  • Include a range of age-appropriate activities
  • Aim to reach the recommended guidelines on dosage and duration
  • Be engaging and FUN for kids
  • Be led by well-trained coaches and mentors
  • Track progress, both individually and for the group
  • Provide consistent motivation and incentives
To find out more about the filters, visit www.ahealthieramerica.org.


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Register for Free Webinar: Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity
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Professionals concerned about childhood obesity – particularly public health practitioners who advocate physical activity for health – are invited to participate in a webinar sponsored by ACSM and the National Physical Activity Society Monday, September 17 1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT.

The Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity webinar will feature success stories and lessons learned at the preschool and K-12 levels, as well as the effect of the built environment on childhood obesity.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand successful strategies for prevention of childhood obesity in different age ranges and settings
  • Apply best practices to your own work
  • Realize the importance of the built environment to children’s health
The National Physical Activity Society’s monthly webinars are produced in partnership with the CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Prevention A limited number of registrations are available here.


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Francis O'Connor, M.D., MPH, FACSM, Awarded 2012 Korey Stringer Institute Lifesaving Award
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Col. Francis O’Connor, M.D., MPH, FACSM, was awarded the inaugural KSI Lifesaving Research Award by the University of Connecticut’s Korey Stringer Institute for his significant contributions in preventing sudden death in sports. O’Connor is a professor at the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD and medical director of the Consortium on Health and Military Performance.

The awards were presented during a fundraiser for the Korey Stringer Institute at NFL Headquarters in New York City on Sept. 4. The NFL, Gatorade and TIMEX support the KSI’s work as corporate sponsors. Named after a former Minnesota Vikings lineman who died of exertional heat stroke in 2001, the Korey Stringer Institute provides first-rate information, resources, assistance and advocacy for the prevention of sudden death in sports. The Institute is affiliated with UConn’s Neag School of Education and its Department of Kinesiology.

ACSM and Defense
Col. O’Connor helps bring ACSM’s expertise to the service of national security. Today – 9/11 – ACSM concludes a conference held in partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense. Part of a continuing series, the meeting focuses on functional movement training and testing for athlete/warfighter/civilian populations in order to enhance task-specific capabilities and to reduce injury risk. The conference will lead to a guidance document that will have influence within the U.S. military as well as in sports and publicly.

Dr. O'Connor has been a leader in sports medicine education and research for the military for more than 20 years. He was instrumental in helping develop new U.S. Army guidelines for return to duty following exertional heat stroke.

Dr. O’Connor has also been closely involved with U.S. military doctrine dealing with the prevention, recognition, and treatment of exertional heat stroke, sickle cell trait-related conditions, and cardiovascular issues. He has authored more than 50 articles in scientific journals and numerous book chapters, technical reports and health promotion resources for the military. He is the editor of four texts on sports medicine including, the Textbook of Running Medicine and Sports Medicine for the Primary care Physician (3rd Edition).

A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Dr. O’Connor is a leading authority on preventing sudden death during sport and physical activity.
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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.


Exercise for Cancer Survivors
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It has been estimated that the number of cancer survivors in the United States exceeds 13 million and is continually growing thanks to improvements in both early detection and cancer treatments. This is great news! However, cancer survivors often have unique healthcare needs that can significantly affect their quality of life, both physically and emotionally.

In addition to the physical and psychological effects from diagnosis and treatment, some cancer survivors are at increased risk for recurrence and comorbidities, such as weight gain, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and secondary malignancies. Many cancer survivors are motivated to make positive life changes and often ask their doctors what they can do to help improve their health during and after cancer treatments. Part of the answer may be exercise.
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Weighty Issue for Football's Big Men
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There are times when B.C. offensive lineman Patrick Kabongo harbours a secret wish to run like the wind.

When the Summer Olympic Games were unfolding in Lon-don, he eyed the sprinters and wished he could move like they do.

Or maybe like the receivers on the team.
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