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Keynote speaker announced for World Congress on Exercise is Medicine™
Another ACSM Fellow selected as Olympic torchbearer
ACSM member leads team to Mexican Football League championship
New EIM toolkit for nurses now available
Policy Corner: ACSM to Meet with House Judiciary Committee Regarding Concussion Legislation
A year-end message from the President of the ACSM Foundation
Sports medicine & exercise science headlines

Keynote Speaker Announced for World Congress on Exercise is Medicine
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The inaugural World Congress on Exercise in Medicine™ -- held in conjunction with ACSM’s 57th Annual Meeting -- will bring together some of the globe's best researchers on physical activity -- including the Congress' recently announced keynote speaker, Bengt Saltin, M.D., Ph.D.

Saltin's keynote address, "Exercise--Why Does It Work?," on Tuesday, June 1, will focus on the physiological benefits of physical activity. Saltin, a professor and director of the Copenhagen Muscle Research Centre at the University of Copenhagen, has more than 40 years of cardiovascular research and teaching experience.

Highlights of these two meetings include abstracts submitted from more than 50 countries; symposia on research, practice and policy; dynamic keynote speakers; trips to Washington, D.C.; and hands-on workshops. Get the edge in scientific and clinical research and be a part of the globalization of Exercise is Medicine.

Attend the World Congress and Annual Meeting for just one fee. Register early and save!

Another ACSM Fellow Selected as Olympic Torchbearer
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As reported in a recent edition of Sports Medicine Bulletin, ACSM President James Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM, has been chosen as a torchbearer for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Vancouver. But he's not the only ACSM member upon whom the honor has been bestowed: Mark Tremblay, Ph.D., FACSM, will also participate in the torch relay.

Tremblay, director of the Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Institute in Ottawa, Canada, was chosen by Coca-Cola Canada because of the leadership he has "demonstrated in improving the health and well-being of Canadians." Tremblay has long dreamt of serving as an Olympic torchbearer, and is joined in his excitement by his family and colleagues.

"When I called and told my Dad, he started crying and had to pass the phone to my Mom," Tremblay said. "We are big Olympic fans. It is a thrill of a lifetime to carry the torch and it is especially meaningful to have been recognized as someone who is making a difference."

ACSM's Olympic Resource Center will serve as a one-stop-shop for all Olympic news, medal counts, scores – and scientific commentary from experts on the Games. Watch future issues of SMB for the announcement of the site.

ACSM Member Leads Team to Mexican Football League Championship
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ACSM member Pedro Gualberto Morales Corral, M.D., does it all for the Auténticos Tigres on and off the field, serving as the Mexican Football League (U.S.-style football) team’s head coach and lead team physician and athletic trainer. Earlier this fall, his efforts were realized when the Tigres, based in Nuevo León in Mexico, captured the MFL championship title.

Morales Corral has been at the helm for the Tigres for the past three seasons. ACSM members can watch clips from the MFL championship game here.

New EIM Toolkit for Nurses Now Available
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"In partnership with the Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA), Exercise is Medicine™ is proud to announce the release of the Nurses' Action Guide. This new toolkit provides nurses, nurse practitioners and other allied health care professionals with a simple, fast and effective resource for helping patients incorporate physical activity into their lifestyle.

Highlights of the Nurses' Action Guide include:
  • Prescription & Referral Process, the core of the toolkit explaining how to determine if a patient is healthy enough for independent exercise, and guidance on providing him/her with exercise counseling or referring to a certified health and fitness professional
  • Exercise Prescription & Referral Form, a practical component for use during patient office visits
  • Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire, a preparticipation screening tool
  • Physical Activity Clearance Form, authorization from the health care provider for independent exercise or additional exercise counseling
  • Starting an Exercise Program Patient Handout, clear-cut recommendations for meeting physical activity guidelines
  • Your Prescription for Health Series, information and recommendations for exercising safely with a variety of health conditions
Click here to learn more and download the Nurses' Action Guide.

Policy Corner: ACSM to Meet with House Judiciary Committee Regarding Concussion Legislation
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Powerful governmental partnerships continue to grow with meetings with HHS Office of Minority Health and USDA

On Dec. 17, ACSM will meet with the House Judiciary Committee to discuss ACSM initiatives on safety in youth sports, particularly concussion prevention and management. This meeting follows the Committee’s recent hearing about legal issues related to football head injuries, which featured testimony from Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ), NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and several retired NFL players.

ACSM has been advocating for increased awareness of brain injuries and concussions in youth sports, and supports the idea of federal legislation (similar to the Washington State concussion legislation) that would ensure safer conditions for players and proper treatment for head injuries. This meeting will provide ACSM the opportunity to advocate for the inclusion of safety in youth sports within the overall goals and missions of the Judiciary Committee and Congress. Look for a summary of the meeting in next week’s Policy Corner.

On Dec. 8 and 9, ACSM held a follow-up meeting (building on an original Sept. 22 visit) with staff from the Office of Minority Health (OMH), and visited with staff in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP).

A Year-End Message from the President of the ACSM Foundation
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Thanks to the growing spirit and loyalty of our members, the ACSM Foundation keeps excelling. This year, the ACSM Foundation awarded 16 research grants totaling $94,626 to young investigators. This research not only helps build the fields of exercise science and sports medicine, it also helps improve the overall understanding of health and fitness so people can lead healthier lifestyles.

We were also proud to establish two new funds in 2009: a travel award to honor the passing of a beloved friend and ACSM member, Lisa Krivickas, M.D., FACSM; and a future research fund commemorating a 9,000-mile bicycle journey completed by Craig Broeder, Ph.D., FACSM, to raise money to study the effects of physical activity on female cancers. The Board has agreed that each fund fulfills our mission of supporting research that leads to scientific discoveries vital to human health and performance.

The ACSM Foundation is still realizing its tremendous potential. In the past five years, the Foundation has raised $280,000 in individual gifts, with the average gift being $150. However, for 2009, we still need your help. There are many ways to give:
  • Send in your gift today using the enclosed, postage-paid envelope.
  • Give through our online secure site: www.acsm.org/donate.
  • Contact the Foundation with any questions at 317-637-9200 or at foundation@acsm.org.
I hope that you will give in 2009 to keep the spirit going by giving what you can. (Remember to post mark your gift by Dec. 31 in order for it to be considered tax-deductible in 2009.) Thank you for your past and future contributions; you are helping to preserve a sustainable future for the Foundation. On behalf of the Foundation, here's wishing you and yours a festive holiday season!

William O. Roberts, M.D., M.S., FACSM
President, ACSM Foundation

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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.

Exercise Can Extend Survival Even in 'Oldest Old'
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Even in the "oldest old," a little physical activity goes a long way, extending life by at least a few years for people in their mid- to late 80s, Israeli researchers found. More

Exercise Can Benefit Men With Prostate Cancer
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As little as 15 minutes of physical activity a day can substantially cut death rates in men with prostate cancer, new research hints. More

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