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ACSM AND ITS MEMBERS: MAKING NATIONAL NEWS

ACSM and its members continue to make national news, in outlets from the New York Times to USA Today to The Tonight Show. ACSM’s membership boasts a wide variety of experts who serve as authorities on the health, fitness and science aspects of sports and exercise.

>>Annual Meeting

News from research presented at ACSM’s 56th Annual Meeting in Seattle continues to gain national and international media coverage. Top media outlets featuring research from the Annual Meeting include:

>>ACSM American Fitness Index™

The Annual Meeting also served as a platform for the release of the ACSM American Fitness Index™ 2009 report. The news conference in Seattle and national media outreach resulted in coverage in the following sources:

>>Injuries and Injury Prevention

The New York Times referred to Michael J. Berry, Ph.D., FACSM, Peter R. Cavanagh, Ph.D., FACSM, and Paul D. Thompson, M.D., FACSM, in an article about the reliability of advice for the prevention and healing of running injuries. Thompson warned readers to “be careful of advice that has a price tag.”

The ACSM hydration guidelines were featured in an New York Times article about unstable ankles, ankle sprains and preventing ankle injuries. “The recurrence rate for ankle sprains is at least 30 percent,” said McKeon. “One of the take-home exercises we give people is to stand on one leg while brushing your teeth, and to close your eyes if it’s too easy,” Hertel added.

An article in the Boston Globe on the stretching before and after exercise referenced William J. Evans, Ph.D., FACSM, and Edward Phillips, M.D. Evans said that most people who do stretch, he said, do so incorrectly, typically bouncing and lunging, which do not increase flexibility.

>>Fitness and exercise

An article for Reuters reported on ACSM’s 2009 fitness trends survey, published in ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal. Walter Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM. "The fitness industry has increased exponentially," Thompson said. "There has to be some policing. People are getting hurt by trainers who just don't have the qualifications."

Carol Torgan, Ph.D., FACSM, Russell Pate, Ph.D., FACSM, James Sallis, Ph.D., FACSM, were featured in an USA Today article on creative ways to keep children active during the summer. "Will this generation have fond memories of the 'send' and @ keys?” said Torgan. "Life is too short to spend checking your e-mails and text messages."


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