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Sports Medicine Bulletin
Sept. 15, 2009  
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Submit Your Abstracts for the 2010 Annual Meeting, EIM World Congress
The ACSM Program Committee is accepting scientific abstract and clinical case submissions for the 2010 ACSM Annual Meeting and the inaugural World Congress on Exercise is Medicine™, scheduled for June 1-5, 2010, in Baltimore, Maryland. Submission details and the submission site can be found here. The submission deadline is Nov. 2, 2009. Please contact the ACSM Education Department at lcooper@acsm.org with questions. More


Policy Corner: Pivarnik Advocates for PA in Health Reform ACSM President-elect Tom President Obama took center stage Sept. 9, addressing the nation and a rare joint session of Congress in an effort to move forward with health reform. The President focused on access to health insurance and ending such practices as denial of coverage based on pre-existing conditions and dropping coverage after illness strikes. He spoke in favor of a government-run "public" option but indicated he’s open to other scenarios, and he reached out to Republicans who favor medical tort reform. Missing from the President’s remarks was any mention of physical activity and healthy lifestyles, with all their proven power to prevent chronic diseases and engender cost savings. Advocates for physical activity and exercise swung into action, responding to an ACSM Action Alert and urging Congress and the White House to emphasize healthy lifestyles in health reform legislation. ACSM President James Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM, sent President Obama a letter stressing the benefits of physical activity and introducing the principles of Exercise is Medicine™.

In an important development, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) revealed a framework document outlining his vision for health reform. Baucus’ proposal follows intense negotiations among a bi-partisan panel of six senators and could represent a path to consensus in that chamber. ACSM leaders, members/advocates and policy staff will continue to press for appropriate language regarding physical activity and exercise in whatever health reform legislation goes to the President for signature.


National Plan Working Groups Developing Goals, Strategies
Much headway has been made since the initial National Physical Activity Plan development conference in early July. The Plan’s strategic working groups – health care, transportation, mass media, business and industry, nonprofit organizations, and education – are developing goals and tactics for each of the six areas. The Plan is set to release in the first quarter of 2010. ACSM members are encouraged to get involved by following updates on the National Plan Web site (www.physicalactivityplan.org) and sending recommendations and ideas to the National Plan team. More


Universities: Free Health & Fitness Resource from ACSM
Need a credible, reader-friendly health and fitness publication at your university? Look no further than ACSM's Fit Society® Page Newsletter. The quarterly newsletter features trending topics and articles written by some of ACSM's most knowledgeable members. And it’s free for universities to co-brand their own version of the newsletter; just e-mail publicinfo@acsm.org to begin receiving a PDF copy each month with instructions on how to add your university's logo. All you’ll need to provide is a contact name and e-mail, and you’re a Fit Society University Partner. You’re free to distribute the newsletter how you wish – to students, to staff, to faculty, or to whomever you deem appropriate. More

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ACSM to Host Strength Training & Weight Loss Webinar
A major cause of the obesity epidemic is the reduction in resting metabolic rate that results from the muscle loss accompanying sedentary aging. An ACSM Webinar on Thursday, Oct. 29, at noon Eastern will address this pervasive problem with research-based information on how to engage average adults in effective and time-efficient strength exercise that reverses these normal aging processes and reduces the risk of many chronic diseases. The Webinar will be presented by ACSM member Wayne Westcott, Ph.D. This affordable educational program allows multiple participants to participate under a single registration. 1.0 CEC is provided. Visit the ACSM Web site for complete information or to register today.


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Sports Medicine and Exercise Science Headlines


Phys Ed: Preventing ACL Injuries in Girls
from The New York Times
Earlier this year, researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital published the most detailed and revealing case study to date of an anterior cruciate ligament rupture waiting to happen in a young girl. The study grew out of the researchers' ongoing, large-scale examination of ACL-tear risk factors, which had enrolled hundreds of young, female athletes, measured and monitored them, and assigned some to prevention training programs. More

Yoga May Ease Chronic Back Pain
from Reuters
"Oh, my aching back!" may be heard less frequently as people with chronic lower back pain find some relief from a therapeutic form of yoga, a new study suggests. More


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