Active Voice: Exercise, Scholastic Achievement and the Brain
By Joseph E. Donnelly, Ed.D., FACSM, and Charles H. Hillman, Ph.D. Share
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.
Joseph E. Donnelly, Ed.D., FACSM, is a Professor of Medicine at the Cardiovascular Research Institute, and a director of the Energy Balance Laboratory and Center for Physical Activity and Weight Management, at The University of Kansas Medical Center. Using an energy balance paradigm, he investigates energy intake and expenditure in children and adults to prevent and treat obesity and related co-morbid diseases. He directs the annual University of Kansas Conference on Prevention and Treatment of Obesity. This conference is attended by 400+ individuals and is now in its 13th year. He serves on ACSM’s Board of Trustees and the Obesity Task Force.
Charles H. Hillman, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, and an affiliate of the Division of Neuroscience and the Division of Nutritional Sciences, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also the director of the Neurocognitive Kinesiology Laboratory. Dr. Hillman's research focuses on the relation of physical activity to brain health, cognition and scholastic achievement in preadolescent children. Dr. Hillman has published numerous peer reviewed articles, book chapters, and an edited text entitled "Functional Neuroimaging in Exercise Science" on the topic of cognitive neuroscience and kinesiology.
Drs. Donnelly and Hillman are co-chairing the ACSM Conference on Physical Activity, Cognitive Function, and Academic Achievement in Washington, D.C., next month (Nov. 17-18). The goal is to bring scientists, educators and policymakers together to share and discuss the very latest research on physical activity, brain function and academic performance. Discussions will focus on how the science and experience may be best translated into successful education programming and related public policies. SMB asked Drs. Donnelly and Hillman to share their personal perspectives on the conference, the program highlights and the educational benefits for those who decide to attend. More
Policy Corner: Speak Up on Funding, Priorities for NIH
ACSM is deeply committed to the advancement of science and its translation into education, practice and policy. Our membership in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) reflects that organizational commitment to science as well as the fact that many ACSM members are directly involved in the continuum of research, from basic to outcomes. It is fitting, then, that ACSM members lend their voices to calls to appropriately fund agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation. Further, our member/experts have insights into how those funds can best be invested.
Here are two opportunities where your involvement can make a difference:
1. Urge your members of Congress to fully fund NIH and NSF for FY 2012. Last month, the Senate Appropriations Committee recommended that the 2012 budgets for two critical federal science agencies be reduced below current funding levels. The NIH would be cut by $190 million and the NSF would lose $162 million. Thankfully, the House Appropriations Committee has recommended a $1 billion increase for NIH and no funding cuts for NSF. As House and Senate members begin to negotiate details of the final FY 2012 appropriations bills, we must work to protect NIH and NSF from harmful budget cuts.
It is critical that you let your members of Congress know that the Senate's proposals would be devastating to scientific progress. Complete this form to let your senators know that reducing the FY 2012 NIH and NSF budgets below the current level will slow the pursuit of new discoveries and further erode U.S. capacity for innovation and competitiveness. Be sure to personalize your message with information about how NIH and NSF funding affect your community and/or state. Also write your representative to urge him/her to support the proposed $1 billion increase for NIH. Help ensure that the federal science agencies have the resources necessary for future progress.
2. Provide guidance to the NIH Office of Extramural Research on how best to manage NIH resources. More
An Inside Look: November 2011 Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®
The November issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (MSSE) is available online now. ACSM members can access the journal for free – simply log in to the ACSM website and click "My ACSM."
MSSE Editor-in-Chief Andrew J. Young, Ph.D., FACSM offers his insights into the November issue: More
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.
Feedback During Exercise Can Improve Results
Staying on track with a weight-loss program or exercise routine can prove challenging. Weeks or months can pass before it’s possible to see the results of all the hard work and sacrifice. Along the way, a lack of positive feedback can derail even the best-intentioned individual.
Although many people understand the need for feedback conceptually, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have identified just how important it is. A study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that those who closely monitor their performance and receive real-time feedback about their progress are far more likely to stick with their fitness program. More
Ankle Braces May Help Teen Football Players
FOX News Share
The ankle braces many football players wear to prevent injuries seem to work, a study of high school players suggests.
After following more than 2,000 football players during last year's season, researchers discovered that wearing ankle braces made players 61 percent less likely to suffer an ankle sprain or fracture. More
Do We Have a Set Point for Exercise?
The New York Times Share
Does exercising at one point during the day make you less active the rest of the time?
The question of whether humans have an innate set point for movement, a so-called activitystat, is of increasing interest and controversy among scientists. One of them is Dr. Terence J. Wilkin, a professor of endocrinology at the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth, England, who asked himself that question a few years ago while hoping to learn more about the interplay of activity and childhood obesity. More