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In this issue:

Active Voice: Reduced Active Travel to School Could Contribute to the Decline in Adolescent Physical Activity
Policy Corner: Budget Control Act Means Could Mean Funding Cuts for Science and Research
2013 ACSM Annual Meeting Preview Program Now Available
World Expert in Comparative Effectiveness Added to Game-Changing Conference on Physical Activity and Health
Professional and General Liability Insurance: When and Why You Need It
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines



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Active Voice: Reduced Active Travel to School Could Contribute to the Decline in Adolescent Physical Activity
By Ashley R. Cooper, Ph.D., and Angie S. Page, Ph.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.

Ashley Cooper, Ph.D., is professor of physical activity and public health at the University of Bristol and head of the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences. His current work investigates the environmental influences on physical activity in children using accelerometers and GPS receivers. He has a long-term interest in the contribution that active travel can make to children and adults physical activity and fitness.

Angie Page, Ph.D., is reader in physical activity and public health, also at the Centre for Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences. Her research interests focus on the determinants of children’s physical activity and eating behaviour. Her recent work investigates children’s independent mobility (their ability to go out unsupervised) and how this is strongly linked to physical activity behaviour and time spent outdoors.

The following commentary reflects Dr. Cooper’s and Dr. Page’s views relating to the research article which they and their colleagues presented in the October 2012 issue of
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise® (MSSE).

There is a substantial decline in physical activity during adolescence, but little is known about the factors associated with this decline. Key life events such as the transition from primary to secondary school have the potential to influence behaviour. From previous cross-sectional research, we know that children who walk to school are more active than those who don’t. The transition from primary to secondary school may be associated with changed opportunity to walk to school, since home-school distances often increase substantially. Our study, which was recently reported in MSSE, investigated whether changes in travel mode to school between primary and secondary school were related to change in daily physical activity.
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Policy Corner: Budget Control Act Means Could Mean Funding Cuts for Science and Research
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As you may know, the Budget Control Act of 2011requires across the board cuts for all federal agencies and programs unless Congress passes a deficit reduction bill. The cuts are scheduled to go into effect on January 2, 2013.

Recently, Representative Norm Dicks (D-MA), the ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee, circulated a “Dear Colleague” letter summarizing the impact of sequestration on defense, education, homeland security, public safety, health, science, innovation, and safety-net programs. The National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy Office of Science are mentioned on page 13 of the letter.

To view the full letter, please click here.


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2013 ACSM Annual Meeting Preview Program Now Available
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ACSM is excited to welcome its membership to its home city of Indianapolis, Indiana in 2013. The Preview Program for the 60th ACSM Annual Meeting and 4th Annual World Congress on Exercise is Medicine is now available here. The Annual Meeting, which runs May 28-June 1, features outstanding educational sessions and opportunities to advance your professional career. Register now at acsmannualmeeting.org/registration.


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World Expert in Comparative Effectiveness Added to Game-Changing Conference on Physical Activity and Health
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There’s still time to register for the National Strategic Summit: Roadmap for Physical Activity, Lifestyle, and Comparative Effectiveness on November 17. This one-day conference, which will be held at Arizona State University, was developed by ACSM Past President Barbara Ainsworth, Ph.D., FACSM. The Summit 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.

A NEW speaker, Harold C. Sox of, Dartmouth Medical School, has just been added to the agenda. Dr. Sox is an International expert in Comparative Effectiveness Research and was the Co-Chair of the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Comparative Effectiveness Research Prioritization.

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Professional and General Liability Insurance: When and Why You Need It
Submitted By Ronda Jones, Forrest T. Jones & Company, Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
One aspect of ACSM’s mission is to help you become a more successful practitioner, and this involves understanding and minimizing the risk inherent in your profession.

Unless you perform services solely as a W-2 employee and are positive that your employer always maintains comprehensive insurance coverage that will defend you in a lawsuit for liability damages, there is a great risk to your personal finances in not having your own liability insurance coverage.

To help you decide whether to buy professional liability and/or general liability insurance, this article provides a brief explanation of the two types of coverage and addresses situations where you may not be protected by another company’s insurance policy.
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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.


Straighten Your Knees for Ski Season
HealthNewsDigest.com    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When the leaves start to turn, skiers’ minds turn to Utah powder. But autumn is also the time to get their bodies prepped for winter so they won’t have to nurse an injury that could have been avoided. According to The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), falls account for 75 to 85 percent of skiing injuries. The majority of those injuries are sprains, fractures, lacerations and dislocations. As ski boots have evolved from soft leather boots to calf-height plastic boots that rigidly support from the lower leg and ankle, much of the force has been transferred to the knee. Instead of fractures, today there are more ski injury problems with knee ligaments. More

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Three Hours of Daily Exercise Advised for Kids Under Six
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Children under the age of six should have at least three hours of exercise each day, according to a report written by a consortium of pediatric groups from the U.K., the U.S., and Australia. Boston.com reports on the paper, which was published in the journal Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine More


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