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In this issue:

Active Voice: Rethinking the Role of the Human Heel Pad During Barefoot Locomotion
ACSM Releases Fitness Trends for 2015
Register Now for the ACSM Team PhysicianSM Course, Part II
In Case You Missed It: ACSM's Train Your Body Show on RadioMD
Don't Miss Free Online Content from ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®
Sports Docs: Prescribe Walking to Patients with Free Walking Rx Pads
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines


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Active Voice: Rethinking the Role of the Human Heel Pad During Barefoot Locomotion
By Albrecht Dietze, M.D., and Scott C. Wearing, Ph.D.

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Albrecht Dietze, M.D., is an orthopedic trauma surgeon with a special interest in foot and ankle surgery. His research focuses on clinical application of foot and ankle biomechanics. In particular, imaging techniques and pedobarographic analysis are the main methods applied to improve strategies and clinical outcome in the treatment of foot and ankle pathology.

Scott C. Wearing, Ph.D., is an experimental soft tissue bioengineer and researcher at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, Queensland University of Technology, Australia. His research focuses on the measurement of human soft tissue adaptation to exercise, pathology and disease and is targeted toward prevention, recovery and expedited rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injury.

This commentary presents Drs. Dietze’s and Wearing’s views on the topic of their research article which they and their colleagues published in the August 2014 issue of
Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®(MSSE).

Textbooks on sports medicine typically report that the heel pad is a thick elastic-adipose tissue which plays a critical shock-absorbing role during human locomotion. The concept of the heel pad as a shock absorber owes much to the work of McNeil-Alexander, Radin, Aerts and colleagues who, in the 1970s and 80s, used mechanically-simulated impacts to hypothesize that deformation of the heel pad attenuated peak force at impact, dissipated mechanical energy during heel strike and, ultimately, protected the calcaneus by lowering local stress.

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ACSM Releases Fitness Trends for 2015
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has announced its annual fitness trend forecast based on survey responses from thousands of fitness professionals. The results were released in the article "Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2015: What's Driving the Market" published last week in the November/December issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®. Click here to view a video abstract about the trends study by Walt Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, author of the study.
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Register Now for the ACSM Team PhysicianSM Course, Part II
The ACSM Team PhysicianSM Course will be held February 4-8, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. This course offers the full range of athlete care and sports medicine. Participate in hands-on workshops, fill in gaps in your course work and gain new perspectives in the orthopedic, primary care and emergency medicine aspects of sports medicine and athlete care. Register today!
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In Case You Missed It: ACSM's Train Your Body Show on RadioMD
ACSM has partnered with RadioMD.com to bring you the Train Your Body radio show — a unique health website broadcast sharing important wellness and fitness information in a conversational talk radio style with real time audio streaming 24/7. Each week, ACSM experts discuss their areas of expertise with the show's host, Melanie Cole, an exercise physiologist herself. Listen live each Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. EST, or peruse and download past episodes on your computer, tablet or other device here.

Highlights from October's shows include:

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Don't Miss Free Online Content from ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®
Check out the two free featured articles from the November/December 2014 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® at www.acsm-healthfitness.org.

The free featured articles for this issue include, "Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2015: What's Driving the Market," by Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, and the Health & Fitness A to Z column, "The Evolution of Group Fitness: Shaping the History of Fitness," by Cary H. Wing, Ed.D., FACSM. The articles are available free-of-charge on the journal's website until December 29, so download your copies today.

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Sports Docs: Prescribe Walking to Patients with Free Walking Rx Pads
ACSM is working with Kaiser Permanente and other partners to drive awareness of the Every Body Walk! 30 Minutes to Better Health initiative among clinicians and other medical professionals.

Every Body Walk! is a campaign aimed at getting more Americans up and moving. With your help, we can spread the message that walking 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week really can improve one's overall health and prevent disease.

Together with Kaiser Permanente, ACSM has developed new resources for talking to patients about walking. The materials are able to be cobranded with your organization. Visit the ACSM website to download the Every Body Walk! brochure and request FREE Walking Rx pads.

Walk the talk and take action today for your health and your patients. Find more information at http://www.acsm.org/about-acsm/initiatives/every-body-walk.

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HEADLINES


Body Weight Training is Portable, Affordable
Tallahassee Democrat
Is your schedule is so hectic that getting to the gym always takes last priority? Well don't return those skinny jeans just yet. The American College of Sports Medicine recently announced that body weight training — a fitness approach that can be adapted to busy schedules — placed second on its list of top fitness trends in 2014. This no-equipment workout allows you to use your own weight to tone and strengthen your muscles and to build endurance.

"You can perform body weight exercises anywhere," says Jennifer Hoehl, a personal trainer and exercise physiologist in New York. And you don't have to be a seasoned athlete to benefit. "People of all ages and abilities can perform these exercises," says the ACSM spokesperson.

The best part is, you can get in shape without having to pay for a costly gym membership.

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Safety in Youth Sports: Parents Have Spoken, We Have Listened, Now it's Time to Act
The Huffington Post
The American College of Sports Medicine was a key contributor at this month's Project Play Roundtable, "What Do Mothers Want from Youth Sports?" Hosted by the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program in partnership with ESPN, the roundtable brought together a diverse group of stakeholders in the area of safety in youth sports.

Hearing directly from parents at the roundtable — and indirectly through ESPN survey results shared at the event — was both compelling and insightful. While supportive, and even passionate, about their children's participation in youth sports, a number of concerns were also shared. To no one's surprise, the risk of injury to young athletes is the largest concern. Children are their parents' pride and joy, their most valuable possession. And while the joy of watching their kids have fun and compete in youth sports is unquestioned, their well-being is priority No. 1.

That's why more than 85 percent of these parents listed safety as the biggest concern. Concussions and other head injuries not only top the headlines these days, they top the list of fears among parents as well. In fact, one-quarter of the parents surveyed have considered keeping their children from playing a sport because of fears of a concussion or other head injury.

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