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In this issue:

Active Voice: Do Statins Increase Skeletal Muscle Damage During Exercise?
ACSM convenes two key meetings in DC, on Walking and on Inactivity
Congratulations to Longstanding ACSM Members
Policy Corner: ACSM evaluating changes and opportunities with the new 113th U.S. Congress
Call for Editor-in-Chief Applications and Nominations for Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
Apply Now for International Awards — Deadline: February 1, 2013
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines


 


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Active Voice: Do Statins Increase Skeletal Muscle Damage During Exercise?
By Beth A. Parker, PhD, and Paul D. Thompson, MD, FACSM    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.

Beth A. Parker, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Health Sciences at University of Hartford and Director of Exercise Physiology Research at Hartford Hospital in Connecticut, and a member of ACSM. Dr. Parker’s research focuses on age and sex differences in vascular function and cardiovascular responses to exercise. She is also a principal or co-investigator on several projects involving the pleiotropic effects of statin therapy on skeletal muscle and cognition.

Paul D. Thompson, MD, FACSM, is Director of Cardiology at Hartford Hospital and Professor of Medicine at University of Connecticut. He is a past-president of ACSM and has presented invited keynote lectures at the ACSM annual meetings, such as the D.B. Dill Lecture. He has authored over 200 scientific articles on such topics as exercise training and heart disease and sudden death during exercise. Dr. Thompson’s current research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, examines the effects of statins on muscle strength and aerobic performance.

This commentary presents Dr. Parker’s and Dr. Thompson’s views associated with their research review that was published in the October 2012 issue of ACSM’s
Exercise Science and Sports Medicine Reviews® (ESSR).

Hydroxy-methyl-glutaryl (HMG) Coenzyme A (CoA) reductase inhibitors or statins are the most effective medications for managing elevated concentrations of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). These drugs also offer one of the most effective strategies for reducing cardiovascular disease risk and have been documented to reduce cardiac events. As a result, statins are presently the most widely prescribed drugs in the United States and the world. Current guidelines for clinical management of LDL-C levels indicate that increasing numbers of patients will be treated with larger doses of the more potent statins.
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ACSM convenes two key meetings in DC, on Walking and on Inactivity
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U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA with ACSM President Janet Rankin, PhD, FACSM and past presidents Barbara Ainsworth, PhD, FACSM; Steven Blair, PED, FACSM and Robert Sallis, MD, FACSM.

Two meetings last week showed the power of ACSM’s partnerships and the transformative effect of translating research into action. Speaking to advocates from more than 100 organizations Dec. 5, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA announced her intent to call for a national movement on walking for health. The message brought cheers and applause from those gathered at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in Washington, DC, which features an 80-foot, interactive wall dedicated to promoting the amazing health benefits of walking. Dr. Benjamin, who serves as honorary chair of Exercise is Medicine, often leads community walks in conjunction with speaking engagements.

The Dec. 5 conference was co-sponsored by ACSM, America Walks, Every Body WALK!, Kaiser Permanente and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership. Those organizations—and many more in the public, non-profit and corporate sectors—are already at work coordinating strategies to promote walking and walkability.
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Congratulations to Longstanding ACSM Members
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ACSM extends its wholehearted congratulations and thanks to its 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50 year members, listed below. Collectively, these members have exhibited exemplarily scholarship, made significant contributions to research, and a showed true dedication to the field of exercise science and sports medicine. Please join us in congratulating our esteemed colleagues.

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Policy Corner: ACSM evaluating changes and opportunities with the new 113th U.S. Congress
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The House Republicans and Democrats have named the committee Chairs and Ranking Members for the 113th Congress. Among the seven new chairs, Congressman Lamar Smith (TX) will head the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, which is tasked with re-authorizing the National Science Foundation (NSF). Congressman Smith was the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, but was term-limited out of the position.

Click here for a complete list of the House committee Chairs and Ranking Members for the 113th Congress. Once all committee assignments have been made for the 113th Congress, ACSM will have a more in depth analysis of the Congress and the committees that impact the issues most important to ACSM members.


Call for Editor-in-Chief Applications and Nominations for Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
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The ACSM Publications Committee invites applications and nominations for Editor-in-Chief of Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, a quarterly publication that features research perspectives in exercise and sport science from ACSM. The Editor-in-Chief will serve a four-year term from 2014 to 2017, with the option of serving a second term. Interim Editor-in-Chief Roger Enoka, Ph.D., will complete his term in December 2013. The incoming Editor-in-Chief will work with Dr. Enoka and ACSM staff for six months to prepare for and transition into the role. Candidates are required to complete a short questionnaire and submit a CV by February 28, 2013. For more information or to request a questionnaire, contact Managing Editor Angie Chastain at achastain@acsm.org.


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Apply Now for International Awards — Deadline: February 1, 2013
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International Student Award
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The International Student Award honors students from countries outside of North America and helps fund travel expenses for those traveling to the ACSM Annual Meeting to present their scholarly work.

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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.


Leading Experts Gather in Dubai to Raise Awareness on Diabetes Prevention and Treatment through Physical Activity
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Leading local and international health experts, practitioners, and policy makers gathered at the 'Exercise is Medicine' health forum, which took place at the Dubai International Convention Center, to discuss the vital role proper exercise routines have to prevent the onset of diabetes as well as manage the treatment of diabetes. The forum brought in leading experts from the American College of Sports Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital, Jordan University, University of Haccettepe (Turkey), and the Dubai Health Authority who encouraged policy makers and healthcare officials to make physical activity and exercise a standard part of disease prevention and treatment medical paradigm in the UAE. More

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Proper Rest Also Necessary for Good Fitness
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Recent research shows the benefits of short-duration exercise. Beyond promoting weight loss and stress reduction, multiple short sessions of fitness training per week, whether it's high or moderate-intensity, can have the same effects as longer, more typical blocks of exercise. While even a low-intensity short workout is better than not moving at all, high-intensity, short bursts of exercise could mean individuals can spend less time overall working out. Experts say what these short bursts of activity lack in duration they can make up for in intensity. More


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