Sports Medicine Bulletin
Jan. 11, 2011

Active Voice: Running Shoes & Foot Type - Is There a Good Match?
By Rudy Dressendorfer, P.T., Ph.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Rudy Dressendorfer, P.T., Ph.D., FACSM is an accomplished scientist, educator and clinician with a career focused on clinical exercise physiology. He is an ACSM Program Director℠ and has served on ACSM’s certification and education committee. He retired as full professor of human performance and sport at New Mexico Highlands University and subsequently taught exercise physiology and did collaborative research with faculty at the University of Alberta in Canada. Currently, he practices sports medicine as a licensed physical therapist in California. Rudy has published extensively on physical conditions, injuries and related prevention strategies for endurance athletes. He also has direct experiences with these issues, as he is a highly successful amateur triathlete.

Running shoes are customized for foot arch posture and marketed with reference to poorly defined foot types. In running-specialty stores, a “shoe technician” will often visually assess foot type while the runner stands and walks in socks or barefooted. Also, the runner’s training shoes are usually inspected for signs of excessive wear on the medial or lateral side.

The foot type is categorized neutral if the medial longitudinal arch appears normal, overpronated if it is much lower than normal (shoes show more medial wear) or oversupinated if higher than normal (shoes show more lateral wear). A shoe type is then recommended to match the observed foot type: a neutral shoe for a normal foot, a motion-control shoe for an overpronated foot and a high-cushion stability shoe for an oversupinated foot.More

Make Your Voice Heard in the ACSM Election

Please plan to take part in ACSM's annual election and make your voice heard for your profession.

Next month, members who are eligible to vote will receive information announcing the open date for the 2011 election. This is your opportunity to help shape ACSM’s leadership and priorities for the years ahead. Please take a moment to meet your candidates and review their platforms on advancing the important work of the College.

An e-mail and postcard will arrive soon, including information on how to vote as well as your unique username and password. Please contact Chris Sawyer at with any questions on this year’s election. Click here to meet the candidates.More

Policy Corner: ACSM Members Invited to Comment on National Prevention Strategy

ACSM members are invited to comment on draft recommendations for the National Prevention Strategy through Jan. 13, 2011. Of particular interest is Strategic Direction 8, aimed at increasing physical activity levels across the lifespan.

Created by the National Prevention Council – a group created by President Obama last June and chaired by U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, M.D., M.B.A., the honorary chair of Exercise is Medicine® – the National Prevention Strategy provides an unprecedented opportunity to shift the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on wellness and prevention. It will present a vision, goals, recommendations and action items that public, private, nonprofit organizations and individuals can take to reduce preventable death, disease and disability in the U.S.More

Mid-Winter Certification Meeting Maps Goals for 2011

Last week, members of ACSM’s Committee on Certification and Registry Boards (CCRB) group convened in Indianapolis for their annual mid-winter meeting. Several ACSM leaders attended this meeting, which resulted in the following items:


Jan. 2011 Issue of ESSR Now Available

The Jan. 2011 issue of Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews is now available! Be sure to check out the latest issue and Editor-in-Chief Priscilla Clarkson’s comments on the journal website. ACSM members should first log in to the ACSM website and find the link to the journal from the “My ACSM” page.

Highlights of online content:


Share Your Thoughts on Latest "Be Active Your Way" Blog Post

ACSM is proud to have a regular, credible voice in online discussions about health and physical activity. Most recently, ACSM President Tom Best, M.D., Ph.D., FACSM discussed ACSM’s influence on Healthy People 2020, the new national health objectives, in his post on the Be Active Your Way blog.

The blog is part of the Be Active Your Way program of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, created to help Americans understand the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans and incorporate them into daily life. ACSM members played a key role in developing the Guidelines and are now helping implement them. Resources at the HHS Guidelines site include links to the Guidelines themselves, FAQs and a Be Active Your Way toolkit. More

Bouts of Eccentric Exercise May Offer Help
The Seattle Times
Strength training mostly consists of concentric exercises (when the muscles shorten to lift something, as in lifting a weight to do a bicep curl) and eccentric exercises (when the muscles lengthen to lower something). But could one action provide more benefits than the other?

A study found that half an hour of eccentric exercise a week boosted muscle strength and lowered insulin resistance more than concentric exercise. More

Key to a Fitter You in 2011 Is Healthy Dose of Fun
The Wichita Eagle
Put away the eggnog and break out the sneakers - it's New Year's resolution time, and no doubt millions have made the pledge to get fit. Many of them will join a gym only to find they're bored with the monotony of cardio equipment and weight training routines.

But exercise shouldn't be drudgery. Plenty of pleasurable activities deliver a legitimate workout without the hamster-on-a-wheel feeling. Surfing, kayaking, ballroom dancing, trail running and self-defense classes are just a few ways to avoid a fitness rut or supplement a regular gym workout. Some offer other benefits too, such as being outside, expanding one's social network and building confidence by mastering a new skill. More