An Inside Look: December 2010 Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

Check out the December issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE), available online now. ACSM members can access the journal for free – simply log in at the ACSM website and click “My ACSM.”

MSSE Editor-in-Chief Andrew J. Young, Ph.D., FACSM offers his insights into the December issue:

“This month, MSSE features a paper by Chen et al. reporting adaptations exhibited by mice following eight weeks of treadmill running that could provide evidence for mechanisms by which exercise training might exert anti-inflammatory effects. However, elsewhere in this month’s MSSE, Beavers et al. report that in a randomized, controlled trial involving 424 elderly persons, a 12-month physical activity program failed to provide clear evidence for an effect on inflammatory biomarkers. This month’s issue also features a symposium paper from Dr. Michal Horowitz, based on her 2009 Gisolfi Tutorial Lecture, in which she describes molecular signaling mechanisms regulating thermoregulatory responses and acclimatization to heat stress.

“I am also featuring another article from MSSE’s legacy collection this month. Citation analysis revealed that the most-cited original research article ever published in MSSE on the topic of lactate or lactic acid, was "Plasma Lactate Accumulation and Distance Running Performance," by Farrell, Wilmore, Coyle, Billing, and Costill in volume 11, issue 4, 338-344, 1979. In that paper, the authors concluded that their most important observation was that the treadmill velocity eliciting the onset of plasma lactate accumulation in 18 experienced distance runners was closely related with each runner’s "race pace" during long-distance races. Interestingly, while that paper has now been cited nearly 400 times, it was only cited 15 times during the first 15 years after publication. However, since then, it has been cited about 20 times per year. Arguably one of MSSE’s classic research articles, at only six printed pages, the article is a fine example of efficient scientific writing, and I hope that you will enjoy reading or rereading it.”