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In this issue:

Team Physician Consensus Conference: The 2013 Statement Update & Plans for 2014
Walking As a Way of Life: Encourage Movement for Health & Happiness
Video Contest: Get Moving! Student Campaign to Promote Activity
Policy Corner: Join ACSM Capitol Hill Day March 4-5
Developing the Healthy Youth Athlete: the Public Health Challenge and Opportunity
Join the ACSM Faculty Network Today
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines
 
 


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Team Physician Consensus Conference: The 2013 Statement Update & Plans for 2014
By Stanley A. Herring, M.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Stanley A. Herring, M.D., FACSM, is clinical professor in the Departments of Rehabilitation Medicine, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, and Neurological Surgery at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. He is director of Sports, Spine and Orthopedic Health for UW Medicine and co-medical director of the Seattle Sports Concussion Program. He specializes in non-operative musculoskeletal and sports medicine, with a particular interest in disorders of the spine and sports concussion. He also is one of the team physicians for the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners.

Dr. Herring chairs the writing group that developed the most recent Team Physician Consensus Statement Update (2013), which was published as a Special Communication in the August 2013 issue of ACSM's
Medicine & Science in Sport and Exercise.

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Walking As a Way of Life: Encourage Movement for Health & Happiness

Americans know that walking is good for them and want more walkable communities. Those findings — and strategies for spreading walking and walkability – became abundantly clear at the recent 2013 Walking Summit held in Washington, DC. Insights, recommendations and resources from an array of experts are highlighted in a report just released by Every Body Walk!, the national collaborative spearheaded by Kaiser Permanente, ACSM, America Walks, Safe Routes to Schools National Partnership and numerous other organizations.

Walking As a Way of Life: Movement for Health & Happiness, authored by Jay Walljasper, captures the sense of purpose and momentum that made the Summit hum. It quotes and links to research findings, presentations and discussions, and best practices and resources that advocates for walking for health and complementary benefits can use to help promote walking and walkability. The report begins by quoting from a riveting keynote by ACSM Past President Bob Sallis, MD, FACM, who said, "Researchers have discovered a 'wonder drug' for many of today's most common medical problems .. The drug is called walking ... Its generic name is physical activity."

Please review the report and the Every Body Walk! website and do what you can to help promote walking and walkability. Look for frequent updates on this fast-growing collaborative in future editions of SMB.

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Video Contest: Get Moving! Student Campaign to Promote Activity

Are you planning on attending the 2014 ACSM Annual Meeting in Orlando? If so, here is your opportunity to help promote physical activity to conference participants while also having the chance to win $500 and a free conference registration! Deadline to enter is Feb. 7, 2014.

Get those creative juices flowing to encourage conference participants to get moving while attending the meeting. Submit a video that gets everyone excited about walking during breaks and during the entire Annual Meeting.

The Grand Prize winner will receive complimentary registration to the 2014 Annual Meeting, $500 and their submission displayed prominently at the meeting. Steven Blair, PED, FACSM, will present the $500 to the winner in a small presentation in the student lounge. Finalists will be invited to display their presentations at the 2014 Annual Meeting. The second place winner will receive a complimentary registration to the 2015 Annual Meeting.

Click here for the application.

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Policy Corner: Join ACSM Capitol Hill Day March 4-5

Signaling the steady growth of its policy influence, ACSM will hold its second annual Capitol Hill Day on March 4-5, 2014. Capitol Hill Day offers ACSM members the opportunity to provide their insights on issues that the Congress is considering. It is vital that ACSM members participate in order to achieve ACSM’s policy goals. ACSM members are invited to participate in the prep session (Tuesday evening, March 4) and visits with Members of Congress and staff (March 5).

While ACSM cannot reimburse expenses, those participating will enjoy the rewards of ensuring that the Congress is adequately educated on our issues to make informed decisions on legislation. Capitol Hill Day also presents the opportunity to interact with elected leaders and staff, as well as the sports celebrities who will be part of the day’s ongoing meetings and demonstrations.

ACSM's 2014 Capitol Hill Day will again be held in partnership with the Sports & Fitness Industry Association’s highly successful annual lobbying event. To sign up for Capitol Hill Day or for more information, contact Monte Ward, ACSM's vice president for government relations, at mward@acsm.org.

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Developing the Healthy Youth Athlete: The Public Health Challenge and Opportunity

Register now for “Developing the Healthy Youth Athlete: the Public Health Challenge and Opportunity,” to be held Feb. 11-12, 2014, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. This conference blends research and science with real-life examples and community best practices to update your understanding of the hot topics in youth athletics. Let's harness the power of youth sports as one solution to society's physical inactivity epidemic. And, through interactive sessions and conversations with your peers, develop creative solutions and unique strategies that will help shape the future of youth sports in communities across America. For more information and to register visit www.attendaconference.org/sportsseries.
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Join the ACSM Faculty Network Today

From networking opportunities and career services to cutting-edge research and education, ACSM is committed to providing you and your students with the benefits you need today.

As a network member, you will receive occasional email updates with resources and discounts you can pass along to your students throughout the year.

Sign up today here.

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SPORTS MEDICINE & EXERCISE 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.


Swing Kettlebells for a Full-Body Workout
Reuters via Gulf News
Few workout tools are more versatile than kettlebells, the ancient market counterweights that were hoisted by Russian strongmen and now can be found in weight rooms at gyms across America, fitness experts say.

But kettlebells, which come in varying weights, are often thought mistakenly to be the preserve of strongmen and extreme athletes.

Steve Cotter, a former Kung Fu competitor and the founder and director of the International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation, said part of the problem was that the kettlebell was marketed as a hard-core tool that implied intensity.

"It prevents beginners from giving it a shot," said Cotter in an interview.

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Get Moving: Staying Active Later in Life Boosts Healthy Aging
U.S. News and World Report
Maintaining or even starting a regular regimen of physical activity later in life could increase your chances of healthy aging, both physically and mentally, by up to seven times as much as those who remain inactive, according to new research from an international group of researchers.

In a study released Monday in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, a team of researchers from the University College London and the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre found that regular physical activity had a positive effect on older adults' likelihood of developing long-term health conditions, depression, dementia, and the likelihood of healthy aging, which also incorporates mental health and cognitive abilities.

"In a growing elderly population, healthy ageing is becoming a crucial factor to reduce the burden of disease and disability and related healthcare costs," the study says. "Emerging evidence suggests that regular physical activity is among the most important lifestyle factors for maintenance of good health at older ages."

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