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In this issue:

Active Voice: Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Death in United States Marathons
Annual Meeting Abstract Deadline: Nov. 1
Policy Corner: Expiration of 2001 and 2003 Tax Cuts Could Affect Research Funding
NCAA Names First Chief Medical Officer
Call for Applicants: ACSM Grant Funding Opportunities Now Available
Waving for World Arthritis Day: Oct. 12
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines





Active Voice: Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Death in United States Marathons
By David Webner, M.D., and Kevin DuPrey, D.O.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
. Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

David Webner, M.D., is a sports medicine physician at the Healthplex Sports Medicine Institute and co-director of the sports medicine fellowship program at the Crozer-Keystone Health System in Philadelphia. His research interests include sports medicine aspects of endurance exercise and sports concussion. He currently is engaged in studies concerning the incidence of sudden cardiac arrest in long-distance running.

Kevin DuPrey, D.O., practices family medicine in the Crozer-Keystone Health System. He graduated from the University of Delaware, earning distinction for his research in vertebrate development. Currently, his research efforts center on improving safety in endurance events. Both Drs. Webner and DuPrey are ACSM members and avid runners who have competed in numerous marathons.

The following commentary reflects Dr. Webner’s and Dr. DuPrey’s views relating to the research article they authored with colleagues and which appears in the October 2012 issues of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise® (MSSE), “Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Death in United States Marathons."


The marathon has long been one of the premier endurance events in distance running. Over the past 20 years, the number of runners competing in marathons worldwide has more than doubled. The majority of marathon deaths are caused by sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) due to underlying coronary artery disease (CAD). Although less common, younger victims of SCA (<30 years old) are more likely to have causes other than CAD, such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Each year, as the marathon becomes even more popular, the total number of high-risk participants also increases. At this time, there is no national reporting system for marathon SCA and death.
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Annual Meeting Abstract Deadline: Nov. 1
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Don't miss this chance to present your research on an international stage at the 60th ACSM Annual Meeting and 4th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®. The comprehensive sports medicine and exercise science conference will be held May 28 - June 1, 2012, in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Click here to view the Call for Abstracts.

The submission deadline for abstracts is November 1, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. Click here to submit an abstract.


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Policy Corner: Expiration of 2001 and 2003 Tax Cuts Could Affect Research Funding
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Under the Budget Control Act of 2011 (P.L. 112-25), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is required to execute an across-the-board cut to the Federal budget unless Congress enacts a plan by January 2, 2013 to reduce the national debt by $1.2 trillion. These cuts could have devastating effects on research programs conducted by ACSM members.

A bipartisan group of eight senators, the so-called "Gang of Eight," plan to meet over the next two weeks to put together a framework to deal with the impending spending cuts in domestic programs and the expiration of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts.

Members of the "Gang of Eight" include Senators Mark Warner, Richard Durbin, Kent Conrad, Michael Bennett, Tom Coburn, Michael Crapo, Saxby Chambliss and Mike Johanns. The group will use as its guide the deficit reduction plan developed by the Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform led by former Senator Alan K. Simpson and Erskine Bowles, former chief of staff for President Bill Clinton. The Commission's plan would reduce our nation's deficit and debt by nearly $4 trillion. If a plan can be agreed upon by the "Gang of Eight," it would be considered sometime after the elections.

For more on science policy issues, see the websites of FASEB and Research!America.




NCAA Names First Chief Medical Officer
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The National Collegiate Athletic Association has selected a nationally respected neurologist and the top medical official of tennis’ governing body to be its first chief medical officer (CMO). NCAA President Mark Emmert announced last week that Dr. Brian Hainline will begin his new position in January 2013. Hainline is a leading sports medicine advocate with more than two decades’ experience in the field. A physician in private practice and medical professor, Hainline currently serves as chief medical officer of the United States Tennis Association (USTA). “The NCAA was founded on the commitment to protect and enhance the health and well-being of student-athletes, and Dr. Hainline will elevate that commitment for the Association,” Emmert said. Hainline is chief of neurology and integrative pain medicine at ProHEALTH Care Associates in Lake Success, N.Y. He also holds an appointment as a clinical associate professor of neurology at New York University School of Medicine. He served as chief medical officer for the U.S. Open Tennis Championships from 1992 to 2007 and was appointed chief medical officer of the USTA in 2008. In this role, he serves on the USTA’s Sport Science Committee.

As the Association’s first chief medical officer, Hainline will create a new Center of Excellence at the NCAA to function as a national resource to provide safety, health and medical expertise and research for physicians and athletic trainers. He also will oversee all student-athlete health and safety initiatives and coordinate with the NCAA’s main sports medicine panel, the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports. Emmert said Hainline expects to remain active as a practicing physician and medical professor while serving as the NCAA’s chief medical officer. "The NCAA has an extraordinary history in protecting the health and safety of the collegiate student-athlete, and establishing the position of NCAA chief medical officer is a seminal milestone in that great legacy,” said Jim Whitehead, Executive Vice President and CEO of the American College of Sports Medicine. “It's a major leap forward that will build on the great work of the past and create new levels of progress and excellence. "

Hainline’s background includes sports medicine experience with a number of leading organizations, including the United States Anti-Doping Agency and the United States Olympic Committee. He has authored or edited five books and numerous academic papers and chapters. Hainline earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Notre Dame, where he competed as a tennis student-athlete and was the team’s No. 1 singles and doubles player his senior year. He went on to earn his medical degree at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his residency in neurology at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.

(Courtesy of Erik Christianson, NCAA.org)


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Call for Applicants: ACSM Grant Funding Opportunities Now Available
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ACSM is now accepting applications for the 2013 Foundation Research Grant Program. In 2012, ACSM funded 25 grants through this program, awarding a total of $169,000 to researchers.

Members ranging from graduate students to experienced professionals are eligible to apply for these funding opportunities. Download the application today.

Please note that you must use Adobe Reader 9 to complete the application. The application deadline is Jan. 18, 2013. Contact Michael Dell at mdell@acsm.org or (317) 637-9200 ext. 143 with questions or for more information.


Waving for World Arthritis Day: Oct. 12
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World Arthritis Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity in helping prevent and treat rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) as well as keeping people with conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis mobile, living independently and able to participate in society.

You can help support the cause by uploading photographs or videos showing people waving their hands, or flags to the World Arthritis Day website (www.worldarthritisday.org/waving). Check out the gallery of photos here.

In addition to World Arthritis Day on Oct. 12, Bone and Joint Health National Awareness week spans five days of spreading awareness of musculoskeletal conditions through a collaboration of multidisciplinary groups, and we encourage all Friends of the Initiative to support World Spine Day (Oct. 16), World Trauma Day (Oct. 17), World Pediatric Bone and Joint (PB&J) Day (Oct. 19) and World Osteoporosis Day (Oct. 20). For more information, go to www.usbji.org/rd/?NAW.
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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.


What if Our Children Lived 5 Extra Years? Nike Shows it is More Than Just Sneakers with 'Designed to Move' Campaign
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Today's youth are the first ever to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents' generation. With a charge from Nike, a study and movement called "Designed to Move" launched last week with an aim to get the world thinking about the health and movement of children — and to change the future. With a powerful 1:48-long YouTube video, we hear nearly 20 kids explain what they would do if they lived for an extra five years: invent a time machine; make medicine for the sick; go to the moon; get more hampsters; win five championships. More



Amy Donaldson: The fight against childhood obesity starts at home
KTAR    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We are failing our children in a very significant way. Childhood obesity rates have increased more than four times in children from ages 6 to 11. More than 23 million children and teenagers in the United States are overweight or obese, according to American College of Sports Medicine. When I hear those statistics, like many mothers, it shocks and saddens me. But talking to a child about weight loss seems almost criminal to me. So how do you deal with the problem? More

Airports Get into Fitness Craze for Stressed-out Travelers
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As the country becomes more conscious of its obesity problem, even airports are getting into the fitness craze. With delays and long layovers increasingly common, airports are offering travelers alternatives to passing the hours on a bar stool. San Francisco International unveiled its yoga room, painted in a calming blue palette, in January in its recently refurbished Terminal 2. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has a 1.4-mile marked walking path in a couple of concourses. At Los Angeles International Airport, travelers can hit an 18-hole golf course or do yoga or tai chi at the LAX Flag Courtyard. More

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