Active Voice: Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine Launches
By Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.
Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, is regents’ professor and associate dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University. He also is the executive director of After-School All-Stars Atlanta. He currently is serving on the ACSM Board of Trustees as an elected vice president, is chair of the ACSM Publications Committee and is the incoming President-elect of ACSM.
This commentary presents Dr. Thompson’s thoughts on ACSM’s new translational journal as it launches.
When I authored an Active Voice almost 18 months ago on the Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, I reminded us of ACSM’s mission statement: “The American College of Sports Medicine advances and integrates scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.”
As we observe this tremendously historic milestone, I’m struck again with how absolutely “spot on” the journal is relative to ACSM’s mission. This new journal will provide ACSM members with the best benefits and content to further professional and academic goals in an area that is becoming increasingly more critical. As the journal’s inaugural Editor-in-Chief Joseph Donnelly, Ed.D., FACSM, remarked “TJACSM will place ACSM in the forefront for translational and policy science related to exercise.”
The journal is cutting edge in numerous ways. It was created as a digital-only journal to take advantage of being able to deliver content more frequently (every two weeks) and will also provide enhanced digital content, such as video with every paper.
It’s only fitting that we launch our pioneering journal with a tremendously inventive first paper: “Crowdsourcing Innovative Physical Activity Programs: Active Schools Acceleration Project Case Study” by researchers at ChildObesity180 at Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition. This paper proposes a framework for crowdsourcing public health intervention models, using as a case example a national effort to select, disseminate and scale up school-based physical activity programs.
I invite you to read the first paper and join the conversation on the journal’s Facebook and Twitter pages!
A few important notes for members about the journal: