Sports Medicine Bulletin
Apr. 7, 2015

Meet your 2015-2016 ACSM Officers and Trustees

ACSM congratulates newly elected officers and trustees, who will begin their duties at the board meeting that concludes ACSM's 62nd Annual Meeting, 6th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on the Basic Science of Exercise Fatigue, May 26-May 30 in San Diego. Click here to meet your new leadership.More

Active Voice: Dietary Supplements — From the Outside In (Part I)
By Jacqueline R. Berning, Ph.D., RD, CSSD and Craig A. Horswill, Ph.D.

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Jacqueline Berning is a professor and chair of the Health Science Department at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs (UCCS). Currently, she is the sport dietitian for the UCCS Athletic Department. She also is a member of U.S. Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee. Dr. Berning has won numerous teaching awards at the university and is the recipient of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2014 Mary Abbott Hess Award for an innovative culinary event where she took University of Colorado-Boulder football players grocery shopping and cooking.

Craig Horswill is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois Chicago. He has long been interested in acute weight manipulation in athletes, having conducted research on the topic while on the faculties of Ball State University and the Ohio State University. He served on the writing committee for the 2011 NATA position statement on safe weight loss in sport.


Successful 2015 ACSM Summit on the Books; See You in Orlando in 2016

The 19th Annual ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition wrapped up last Friday in Phoenix, Ariz. Participants enjoyed outstanding keynotes, 11 lecture tracks and more. See all the highlights on ACSM’s social media accounts: American College of Sports Medicine on Facebook, @ACSMNews on Twitter and acsm1954 on Instagram. Results from the 5K Fun Run Walk can be found at

Mark your calendars for next year's ACSM Summit: March 29 – April 1 in Orlando, Florida! Proposals for the 2016 summit are due May 15. Click here for more information about 2016 proposals.


Deadline Approaching: Nominations for 2016 ACSM Honor and Citation Awards

The ACSM Awards and Tributes Committee is accepting nominations for the 2016 Honor and Citation awards. The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2015. For criteria and nomination process, click here.More

New: Exercise is Medicine® Health Care Provider's Action Guide

The new Exercise is Medicine® Health Care Provider’s Action Guide is now available online. The action guide provides helpful tips and strategies for implementing the Exercise is Medicine philosophy in clinical settings. This action guide provides health care professionals guidance and tools to promote and prescribe physical activity to patients that can help them make changes in their health and behavior.

To learn more about and download the newly revised action guide, visit the EIM website.More

In Case You Missed It: ACSM's Train Your Body Show on RadioMD

ACSM has partnered with to bring you the Train Your Body radio show — a unique health website broadcast sharing important wellness and fitness information in a conversational talk radio style with real time audio streaming 24/7. Each week, ACSM experts discuss their areas of expertise with the show's host, Melanie Cole, an exercise physiologist herself. Listen live each Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. EST, or peruse and download past episodes on your computer, tablet or other device here.

Highlights from March shows include:


Age is a Number, but Staying Active is Necessity to Life
The Washington Post via Press of Atlantic City
Miriam Schottland, 79, can bench press 90 pounds, putting women half her age, including the one writing this story, to shame.

It wasn't always this way. Although Schottland, an auto racing instructor, has been hitting the gym for nearly 30 years, she credits her weightlifting skills to her personal trainer at Fit, a gym in Washington that offer personal training specifically for senior citizens.

"The guys in the gym are so jealous," Schottland said. "I ain't no spring chicken no more, so I have trouble with my foot from time to time. But I don't let it stop me, and the trainers don't let you give up, anyway."

Even for people as fit as Schottland, trainers must take into account that with age comes diminished endurance, strength, flexibility and balance. That doesn't mean that older adults must resign themselves to easy routines. Trainers just need to do thorough assessments, checking for injuries, joint weakness and other limitations, said Michael Everts, Fit's owner.More

GEBN Makes Meaningful Contributions to Improve Public Health
Global Energy Balance Network via News-Medical.Net
As the scientific community gathers at Experimental Biology 2015, the Global Energy Balance Network is poised to make meaningful contributions to the broader community's efforts to improve public health. GEBN is a network of scientists from North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania who have banded together to further the understanding of the regulation of energy utilization by the body (energy balance) and apply this understanding to develop novel approaches to health and wellness.

GEBN, formed in Dec. 2014, has garnered support from nearly 150 scholars, practitioners and other experts in 18 countries. The leadership group will convene in Denver in August for an inaugural face-to-face meeting.

"A better understanding of the science of energy balance will lead to the development of innovative new ways to prevent and reduce obesity," said James O. Hill, PhD, co-founder of GEBN, University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. "Toward that end, GEBN scientists are committed to promoting energy balance research, communicating energy balance knowledge, training new scientists and facilitating innovation in reducing obesity."

According to another GEBN co-founder, Steven Blair, professor of exercise science and epidemiology at the University of South Carolina, "GEBN is the first organization to use the energy balance model as a framework for thinking about changing current systems and policies to improve health. Our model highlights the need to measure both energy expenditure and intake when assessing body weight changes." More