Sports Medicine Bulletin
March 22, 2011

Active Voice: Precooling Strategies and Improvements in Cycling Performance in the Heat
By Megan Ross, B.S.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Megan Ross, B.S., is completing her Ph.D. through Edith Cowan University in Joondalup, Western Australia. Based out of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra, she travels with an AIS competitive cycling team and conducts performance-related studies with these athletes. Ross is interested in developing strategies for reducing risks of heat injury in cycling competitions. This commentary presents her views associated with the research article she and her colleagues published in the Jan. 2011 Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®.

January is the month when cyclists travel “Down Under” to compete in the first event on the UCI Pro Tour calendar – an event held in the extreme heat of the Australian summer. With the stage‐race covering ~850 km over six days, in temperatures that often reach over 40°C/104°F, it is important that riders manage their heat stress. As such, research into practical means of cooling, either before, during or after exercise in hot temperatures continues to grow.More

Exercise is Medicine® Month: Simple and Quick Ways to Get Involved

Exercise is Medicine® Month 2011 is quickly approaching! This year, it’s easier than ever to get involved. Now, and during the month of May, you can:

Look for more EIM Month updates and resources in future issues of SMB.More

Policy Corner: Inclusive Fitness Coalition to Fight Obesity and Other Health Challenges in Children with Disabilities

The presence of a disability provides additional obstacles to young people facing obesity—and the subject matter for a recent congressional briefing. Sponsored by Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), the March 15 briefing was presented by the Inclusive Fitness Coalition (IFC), which was created by ACSM and the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD, pronounced “NICK-pad”). NCPAD director James Rimmer, Ph.D., FACSM, and other experts reviewed the prevalence of obesity and obesity-related conditions in youth with disabilities, the importance of sports and physical activity for health and social development, and recommended policy solutions.

Rimmer and Terri Lakowski, IFC policy chair, outlined the barriers facing youth with disabilities who want to participate in sports. While numerous schools and other sponsoring organizations offer programs that provide opportunities, too often aspiring athletes and their families are unaware of them or of each student’s legal right to participate.

Casey Followay, a multi-sport student athlete who uses a wheelchair, and his mother Lisa captivated an audience consisting of congressional staff, representatives of the 170+ IFC members and other advocates. Other speakers included Charlie Huebner, Chief of Paralympics for the U.S. Olympic Committee, and Ricardo Soto, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Education Office for Civil Rights (OCR).

In addition to the briefing, representatives of IFC, NCPAD and ACSM met with OCR and the National Council on Disability, among others, regarding physical activity, fitness and health for underserved populations.More

2012 Summit Session Proposals Due June 13

Don’t forget to submit your session proposals for the 2012 ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition in Las Vegas! Proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 13.

Visit and click “2012 Meeting Proposals” under the “Programming” tab. Contact Karen Pierce or Shaina Miller with questions.More

Register for May 3 Webinar on "Positive Emotions and High-Performing Workplaces"

On Tuesday, May 3, 2011, the International Association of Worksite Health Promotion (IAWHP), an ACSM affiliate society, will host a webinar on “Positive Emotions and High-Performing Workplaces.” The webinar runs from 12-1 p.m. EDT, and registration is $25 for IAWHP members and $40 for non-IAWHP members.

Join speakers John Weaver, Psy.D., and Janet Edmunson, M.Ed., to learn about recent research in positive psychology that demonstrates healthier thinking styles can be learned to foster creativity, engagement and resilience. The webinar will also explore how high-performing workplaces and individuals can apply positive psychology to the workplace and everyday life. View complete session and registration information. More

Celebrate World Physical Activity Day on April 6

On Wednesday, April 6, people worldwide will come together for an active and happy life through the 2011 World Physical Activity Day. ACSM is proud to support the Agita Mundo Network and World Physical Activity Day. Whether you organize a walk for your co-workers, take a bike ride with your family or exercise on your own, please join us in celebrating this day.

If your organization or campus is holding an event next month, register it on the Agita Mundo website! Registering your event is a simple, free way to connect with a global network focused on the same cause.

Nothing planned yet? Join us for the Virtual Walking Parade. At 10 a.m. on April 6, e-mail, tweet or post a Facebook message to your friends, family and colleagues about World Physical Activity Day. Emphasize the importance of physical activity, and mention that just 30 minutes of exercise each day can make significant improvement in health and wellness.More

Could Gene Tests Tell if Kids Can Be Sports Stars?
Yahoo! News
Was your kid born to be an elite athlete? Marketers of genetic tests claim the answer is in mail-order kits costing less than $200.

Some customers say the test results help them steer their children to appropriate sports. But skeptical doctors and ethicists say the tests are putting profit before science and have a much greater price tag — potentially robbing perfectly capable youngsters of a chance to enjoy activities of their choice. More

Army Physical Fitness Test Revised for First Time Since 1980
DC Military
Editor’s Note: ACSM, a prominent advocate for the health and safety of U.S. soldiers, has collaborated with the U.S. Department of Defense through Uniformed Services University’s CHAMP (Consortium for Health and Military Performance) initiative, a joint medical resource for education, basic and clinical research and clinical expertise in the area of military unique human performance optimization.

Soldiers will be better prepared if they train how they would fight. This innovative physical readiness training philosophy, implemented by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, has driven the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School to revise not only how the Army conducts physical training, but also how it will evaluate a Soldier's physical capability.More

For a 50th Birthday Lift, Try 300 Pounds
Boom! Three hundred pounds of iron come crashing to the floor of the Synergy Fitness Club in Merrick.

Even heads cocooned in headphones turn -- Sunday morning workouts interrupted by the ruckus. The man responsible, Richard Seibert, smiles ruefully.

"Sorry," he says. "That's all I've got." More