Sports Medicine Bulletin
Jan. 28, 2014

ACSM Officer Perspectives: Highlighting the Role of the Vice President for Education & Credentialing
By Mark R. Hutchinson, M.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Mark R. Hutchinson, M.D., FACSM, is Professor of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine and Head Team Physician at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He also has served as a team physician for elite athletes for many different high-level sports teams, including USA Basketball, USA Gymnastics, USA Field Hockey, Team USA at World University Games, and Team USA at Paralympics, among others.

This commentary is part of an SMB series devoted to perspectives from ACSM’s elected officers. These “Perspectives” articles enable vice presidents and other leaders to share highlights of their leadership experience and key advancements being made by one or more of the committees which they oversee for the Board of Trustees. As VP for Education and Credentialing, Dr. Hutchinson is responsible for the ACSM Certification & Registry Boards and the committees for Health & Fitness Summit Program Planning, Medical Education, Student Affairs, and Professional Education/Distance Learning

ACSM is a vital and dynamic organization that depends on the active leadership and vision of its committee chairs and members. Our committees maintain the success and high quality that we have grown to expect when anything is labeled as a product of ACSM. Further, they provide foresight and vision to guide us to greater heights in the future. I am excited and proud to take this moment to share with readers of SMB the progress and action of several key committees which I oversee. These committees are essential for our internal development and also serve as powerful tools that help achieve important external aspects of the ACSM mission. More

Video Contest: Get Moving! Student Campaign to Promote Activity

Are you planning on attending the 2014 ACSM Annual Meeting in Orlando? If so, here is your opportunity to help promote physical activity to conference participants while also having the chance to win $500 and a free conference registration! Deadline to enter is Feb. 7.

Get those creative juices flowing to encourage conference participants to get moving while attending the meeting. Submit a video that gets everyone excited about walking during breaks and during the entire Annual Meeting.

The Grand Prize winner will receive complimentary registration to the 2014 Annual Meeting, $500 and their submission will be displayed prominently at the meeting. Steven Blair, PED, FACSM, will present the $500 to the winner in a small event in the student lounge. Finalists will be invited to display their presentations at the 2014 Annual Meeting. The second place winner will receive a complimentary registration to the 2015 Annual Meeting.

Click here for the application. More

Policy Corner: ACSM Asks President to Address Importance of Physical Activity in State of the Union

Presidential State of the Union messages are historic, serving as snapshots of each administration’s policy agenda. Advocates engage in a push-and-pull rhetorical contest to have their priorities mentioned, from taxes to immigration and hundreds of other issues. With physical activity being of vital importance to U.S. health, the American College of Sports Medicine took a lead role in asking that tonight’s State of the Union address (9:00 p.m. ET) include a reference to physical activity.

Whether or not our suggestion makes it into the President’s remarks to Congress and the nation, ACSM has made its point, as White House staff have acknowledged. The letter, signed by well over 100 other organizations, sums up the case for physical activity as a way to keep Americans healthy and fit, with numerous other benefits. ACSM will continue to lead the charge for keeping physical activity as a public health priority.

The letter said, in part: “As you prepare for your State of the Union address on January 28th, we respectfully request that you dedicate a portion of your address to the benefits and power of physical activity. Physical activity has been shown to reduce health care costs, prevent chronic disease, enhance productivity and improve quality of life. Numerous studies reinforce the common-sense principle of maintaining health through physical activity and exercise and with its ability to treat and prevent obesity, diabetes, heart and bone disease and other chronic conditions, exercise is powerful medicine, indeed.”

Noting the success of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative and other programs in stemming the rise in childhood obesity, the signers – representing medical and public health associations, trade groups, sports organizations and industry, among others – urged the president to support:

The American College of Sports Medicine has long advocated for physical activity as a public health measure, based on research published in its journals and the experiences of its members who range from clinical physicians to academics, public health leaders and health fitness professionals. ACSM’s signature programs include the Exercise is Medicine® global health initiative and the ACSM American Fitness Index. The College plays a leadership role in numerous coalitions and partnerships, including Designed to Move and Every Body Walk!

ACSM leaders point out that, with health care costs rising at unsustainable rates, the demonstrated ability of physical activity to prevent and treat chronic disease makes it imperative to help all Americans meet federal physical activity guidelines: 150 minutes per week for healthy adults and 300 minutes per week for children.

While calls for an emphasis on physical activity must compete with innumerable other suggested topics for inclusion in the State of the Union message, advocates see this process as another opportunity to bring policy makers’ attention to the manifold benefits of healthy lifestyles.More

$20,000 Clinical Research Grant Available; Apply by Feb. 14

The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine will offer the ACSM Foundation-AMSSM Foundation Clinical Research Grant Award again in 2014, after a very successful first year of the grant program.

Proposals are now being accepted and are due by February 14, 2014. The maximum total grant is $20,000, awarded for a single research grant application for a time period of a two-year grant cycle period.

The purpose of the ACSMF-AMSSMF Clinical Research Grant Award is to foster original scientific investigations with a strong clinical focus among physician members of ACSM and AMSSM. The ACSMF-AMSSMF Clinical Research Grant Award Review Committee (CGRC) seeks research proposals that investigate research questions within the broad discipline of sports medicine. This includes proposals to study clinical practice, injury prevention and rehabilitation, basic science, epidemiology and education.

Proposals must be led by a physician who is a member of both ACSM and AMSSM.

Application information is available on the AMSSM website under the Research tab on the drop-down selection Research Grants. If you have questions, please contact AMSSM Research Committee Chair Suzanne Hecht, MD, at or Jody Gold at More

Upcoming Worksite Health Promotion Events

The International Association for Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP), an affiliate society of ACSM, will host two sessions to promote valuable worksite health promotion information in conjunction with the 2014 ACSM Health & Fitness Summit. Attend one or both sessions that best fit your interests and schedule. You must register separately for each session.

Event 1-
2014 IAWHP Executive Summit on Worksite Health Promotion

Registration: Complimentary

This session is designed for executives, practitioners & students. Presentations will provide the business justification for establishing & maintaining a worksite health promotion program as well as offer an understanding of emerging trends in effective programming. Practical applications, case studies & best practices will be addressed. View the current session agenda with presentation & speaker information for session #1.

There is no charge to attend this morning session. However, pre-registration no later than March 12 is required as seats are limited. Register for the 2014 IAWHP Executive Summit on Worksite Health Promotion (Session #1) today!

Event 2-
IAWHP / ACSM Health & Fitness Summit Pre-Conference
Worksite Health Promotion 2014: US & Multinational Next Practices for Program Success

12:30pm - 5:30pm
Registration: $100 for Professionals & $50 for Students

There is widespread agreement that the Affordable Care Act will incent employers to pursue a comprehensive worksite health promotion strategy driving high levels of engagement and demonstrated health outcomes. This session will provide insights, tools and resources to help new and seasoned professionals design and implement comprehensive WHP programs in a diverse and/or global worksite. The program will be interactive with many opportunities for discussion and involvement with the faculty, attendees, members of the IAWHP Board and representatives from the CDC and NIOSH. View the current session agenda with speaker and presentation information for session #2.

There is a registration fee of $100 USD for Professionals & $50 USD for Students. This pre-conference is being offered in conjunction with the 2014 ACSM Health & Fitness Summit. The registration deadline is March 12. Registration for this afternoon session must be done directly through the ACSM Summit website.

Additional WHP Programming-
After the full day of IAWHP programming on April 1, stay on in Atlanta for the 2014 ACSM Health & Fitness Summit being held April 1-4 at the Hilton Atlanta. The meeting boasts 11 tracks of high quality health & fitness information, including a Worksite Health Promotion Track geared toward worksite health promotion professionals and students. More

Deadline for Student Research Awards Approaching

Please share this information with colleagues and students who may qualify. The deadline to apply for each of the following awards is Feb. 1.

Charles M. Tipton Student Research Awards
Two Charles M. Tipton Student Research Awards will be presented to students with outstanding research projects. The recipients will also enjoy complimentary registration to ACSM's 2014 Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition, April 1-4 in Atlanta, Ga.

New Investigator Awards
Two New Investigator Awards recognize new investigators who have begun and are likely to continue making significant scientific contributions to knowledge in basic or clinical exercise science and sports medicine. The recipients will also enjoy complimentary registration to ACSM's 2014 Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition.

Visiting Scholar Award
One Visiting Scholar Award is given to an investigator who seeks further experience as an independent researcher. The award provides financial support for an investigator to visit a clinic or laboratory to learn new and current techniques in exercise science and sports medicine.

For more information about all the awards and grants ACSM offers, please visit More

Polar Vortex Is No Excuse to Skip Outdoor Exercise
Michael Bracko loves to work out in the cold. The Canadian exercise physiologist (and an American College of Sports Medicine fellow) loves the feeling of cold air on his face and the sound of snow crunching under his running shoes. In fact, he has no problem going for a run when it’s 30 degrees below zero. He did it just a couple weeks ago in Calgary, Canada.

"As far as the temperature goes, if you are just warm enough and you are used to exercising, there is no temperature you can't work out in," he says.

That is, as long as you're properly dressed. Exercising in the cold does come with some potential dangers. Below freezing temperatures mean higher risk of hypothermia, so it's important to cover the most vulnerable body parts, like the tips of fingers and toes, and your nose and ear lobes. In the cold, the body has to work harder to keep blood flowing to these appendages, since the smallest vessels in the extremities tend to constrict in order to keep blood in the body's core for warmth. "Your fingers get so cold that they are so sore, red and swollen," says Bracko. "The problem that can arise is that this can lead to a numbness, and the individual may not notice how cold they’re getting. More

HIIT: Gear up, throttle down for bursts of fitness
The Kansas City Star
Nicole Lindemann, a business owner, wife and mom, speaks the truth: "Basically, I'm like everyone else in the world — we’re not getting any younger or any better in shape."

It’s a battle to keep your New Year's resolutions. So this month we’re offering an occasional series to help you win the Resolutionary War.

So, resolutionaries, time to bust a move. But how, exactly?

The 38-year-old Lindemann didn't know that the American College of Sports Medicine named “high-intensity interval training” as the top global trend for 2014 when she signed up for just such an exercise class a few weeks ago.

That's HIIT, or just say "hit."

If the term brings anything to mind, it’s probably the image of those cabals of impossibly fit-looking folks sweating it out on TV commercials. They’re hawking such hard-core workouts as CrossFit and P90X, which are types of high-intensity training. More