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In this issue:

Active Voice: Exertional Heat Injury – What You Can Do to Prevent It
ACSM Pre-Summit Attracts Several Global Leaders, Including U.S. Surgeon General
Policy Corner: Senate Committee Approves Funding for Research
Exercise is Medicine® Announces Video Contest Winner
Six Days Left to Submit Abstracts for ACSM Conference on Physical Activity, Cognitive Function, and Academic Achievement
Get Your ACSM InfoSearch Weekly Literature Update
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines





Active Voice: Exertional Heat Injury — What You Can Do to Prevent It
By CAPT Scott Pyne, M.D., FACSM    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
CAPT Scott Pyne, M.D., FACSM, is the Navy Surgeon General’s Sports Medicine Specialty Leader and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. In addition to directly supporting numerous military medical treatment facilities, he has served as team physician for the United States Naval Academy and medical director of the Marine Corps Marathon. His diverse professional interests include the medical management of exertional heat illness.

Ten years ago, the highly publicized exertional heat stroke death of Minnesota Vikings’ Korey Stringer rocked the athletic world and increased the attention placed on the prevention of similar tragedies. Exertional heat illness has been a well-known entity in military and occupational environments, but the science and systematic education, prevention and treatment strategy for athletes and those entrusted with their care has only recently been developed. The ACSM Position Stand on Exertional Heat Illness During Training and Competition is an excellent resource outlining prevention, identification and treatment recommendations for these conditions.
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ACSM Pre-Summit Attracts Several Global Leaders, Including U.S. Surgeon General
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U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., has recently confirmed that she will participate in the ACSM-convened Pre-Summit on Physical Activity this Sunday to lend her support to the global leadership ACSM is taking in the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases.

With the goals of globally elevating physical inactivity as a critical health concern and focusing multi-sectoral efforts on increasing physical activity to aid in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease, ACSM is uniting several key stakeholders and organizing a pre-summit to be held before the U.N. High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases. Panelists at the Sept. 18 event include health ministers from several countries, Olympic and Paralympic champions, patients who have made remarkable health gains through increased physical activity, U.S. government officials, and others, to lend their support to making physical activity a part of global health care reform. The pre-summit is organized by ACSM in partnership with President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition; Pan American Health Organization; World Economic Forum; CDC/WHO Collaborating Center on Physical Activity and Health.

ACSM will also play a visible and influential role at the U.N. High-Level Meeting, which takes place Sept. 19 and 20 at the U.N. Headquarters in New York. ACSM President Janet Walberg Rankin, Ph.D., FACSM, and CEO Jim Whitehead are two of just 100 nongovernmental representatives around the world who were invited to attend.



Policy Corner: Senate Committee Approves Funding for Research
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Federal funding for numerous federal programs and offices is important to many members of ACSM and other member societies of FASEB, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. FASEB vigorously tracks relevant legislative committees and administrative agencies, including the complex federal appropriations process. The following update is based on recent reports by FASEB government relations staff. More



Exercise is Medicine® Announces Video Contest Winner
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Congratulations to Julie Nelson of Highland, IN, the winner of the inaugural Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Photo/Video Contest! Julie’s video, titled “Choices,” cleverly highlighted the decisions we can make each day to live active, healthy lives and earned more than 225 likes on Facebook.

Since May, the EIM Photo/Video Contest has collected submissions from all over the world of photos and videos that capture the essence of EIM and physical activity. Photos and videos were posted on Facebook, and EIM fans voted on the entry they liked best. Visit EIM on Facebook to view all contest submissions.



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Six Days Left to Submit Abstracts for ACSM Conference on Physical Activity, Cognitive Function, and Academic Achievement
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Monday, Sept. 19 is the deadline to submit your abstract for the ACSM Conference on Physical Activity, Cognitive Function, and Academic Achievement.

The conference will be held Nov. 17-18, 2011, in Washington, D.C. Renowned researchers, educators and policymakers will share evidenced-based knowledge supporting the promising connection among physical activity, brain function and academic achievement. Attendees will have a unique opportunity to network with national experts in the field, participate in a town hall discussion, and learn how to implement policy changes and programming that will impact today’s and tomorrow’s students. Plus, there will be top keynote speakers, scientific abstracts, symposia and ACSM continuing education credits.

FASEB MARC Travel Awards are available for this conference. Award applicants must have submitted an abstract for the ACSM Conference on Physical Activity, Cognitive Function, and Academic Achievement to be eligible for the $1,000 travel award. FASEB MARC Travel Awards applications are due Oct. 10, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. ET.





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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.


As Sports Medicine Surges, Hope and Hype Outpace Proven Treatments
The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Until she tore her hamstring a year and a half ago, Tina Basle ran marathons. Since then, she has been on a desperate search for a cure.

It took her from doctor to doctor, cost her thousands of dollars and led her to try nearly everything sports medicine has to offer — an M.R.I. to show the extent of the injury, physical therapy that included ultrasound and laser therapy, strength training, an injection of platelet-rich plasma (or P.R.P.), a cortisone shot, another cortisone shot.

Finally, in February, she gave up.

“I decided this is never going to heal, so let’s get on with it,” she said.
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Pediatricians: Youth Boxing is Unsafe
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Steven Galeano was a problem child. He couldn't stay out of fights and was "off the hook," his father Edwin recalls.

But then Steven decided he wanted to start boxing, like his brothers. For the last four years, he has been venting his anger and frustration on the heavy bag at John's Boxing Gym, in the Bronx, N.Y., rather than on other neighborhood kids.

"I [learned] how to control myself," Steven says. "If I have something on my mind, a little stress, I just take it out on the bag."
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