Sports Medicine Bulletin
May. 13, 2014

Exciting New Additions to the 2014 ACSM Annual Meeting

Three new features have been added to the 2014 Annual Meeting program, and you won't want to miss them:

Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Sports Illustrated's Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century
Wed., May 28; 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Hip Hop Public Health: Songs for a Healthier America
featuring the music of Hip Hop Legend Doug E Fresh and his DJ Barry B combined with
a presentation by neurologist and HHPH founder, Olajide "Hip Hop MD" Williams
Thurs., May 29; 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

RADM Boris D. Lushniak, MD, MPH
Acting US Surgeon General
Fri., May 30; 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Be looking for next week's SMB to learn more about these new sessions! Pre-registration for Annual Meeting ends tomorrow, May 14. Register now at

Active Voice: Physically Challenged Athletes — Not "IF," But "HOW"
By Lauren M. Simon, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Dr. Lauren Simon is director of primary care sports medicine at Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA. In her family medicine and sports medicine practice, she focuses on promoting "optimal health" and active lifestyles for individuals of all ages and functional abilities. She also serves as team physician for the University of California-Riverside, University of Redlands and is medical director for the Redlands Bicycle Classic. Dr. Simon currently is a trustee on the ACSM's board of trustees.

This commentary presents Dr. Simon's views on the topic of an article she and one of her colleagues authored, which appears in the May/June 2014 issue of ACSM's official review journal in sports medicine, Current Sports Medicine Reports (CSMR).

A mother's fear and a child's wish, a story of how sports medicine professionals were able to create a bridge connecting them. "Johnny," an avid bicycle rider, was only nine years old when he was hit by a car. The injuries he sustained left him with an above-the-knee amputation. His mom feared she could not afford one of the costly handcycles that would enable him to ride again and socialize with his friends. Johnny just wanted to ride. Using the sports medicine team and a community outreach program for persons with disability, Johnny learned he did not actually need a handcycle, but instead received peer coaching from others with similar injuries and was fitted with a limb prosthesis that clipped into a standard upright bicycle pedal. Now, not only has he returned to riding with friends, but he competes in cycling events.

Physically challenged athletes may have a variety of impairments such as amputations from bone cancers, trauma as seen in war injuries and the Boston Marathon tragedy, and other medical conditions such as spinal cord injuries, visual impairment or cerebral palsy.


Call for Proposals for 2015 ACSM Health & Fitness Summit

Make plans now to attend the 2015 ACSM Health and Fitness Summit & Exposition in sunny Phoenix, Arizona! Sessions will take place at the Hyatt Regency. All proposals must be submitted electronically by this Thursday. Help us bridge the gap between the science of sports medicine and the practice of fitness professionals by submitting a proposal by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. PDT.More

Policy Corner: Visit the ACSM Advocacy Booth at Annual Meeting

What does it take to be an ACSM Key Contact? What kind of information is a member of Congress looking for in a presentation? Is it important to communicate with the staff of a member of Congress? How important is it to contact our legislators? What is an ACSM Action Alert?

If you're attending the 2014 Annual Meeting in Orlando, visit the ACSM Advocacy Team's booth in the exhibit hall and learn more about becoming a Key Contact and ACSM’s advocacy priorities. The ACSM Advocacy Team will be located in Booth 146 in the exhibit hall.


Annual Meeting Student Video Contest Winners

Congratulations to Sarah Mullane of Arizona State University, this year's student video contest winner. You can view her video, titled Walk This Way, here. Sarah has won $500 and complimentary registration to the 2014 Annual Meeting. Dr. Steve Blair will present Sarah with a check in the Student Lounge at Annual Meeting on Thursday at noon, May 29. Make sure you come by to congratulate Sarah!

Jon Phillips of Mississippi College was selected as the runner-up. View his video, "The" Gary, here. Jon has won complimentary registration to the 2015 Annual Meeting.


Exercise is Medicine® On Campus to Launch New Program at Annual Meeting

Join the Exercise is Medicine® team at Annual Meeting for the launch of the new EIM on Campus Recognition Program at Annual Meeting in Orlando. EIM on Campus was launched in May 2009 to promote EIM's guiding principles across campuses globally engage students, faculty and staff. The session will be held Thursday, May 29 from 8:00 – 10:00 am at the Rosen Center, Grand Ballroom E.

Active EIM on Campus universities: this is your opportunity to showcase your school with a table display during this event that highlights your program's accomplishments. If you are interested in tabling at the event (first come, first serve as space is limited), please contact Jennifer Pesarchick, Exercise is Medicine® program coordinator at


Member Benefit: Forrest T. Jones Member Insurance Discount Program

Did you know? Forrest T. Jones Insurance Company offers you special rates as an ACSM member. FTJ offers professional liability insurance as well as discounts on other types of plans, including ACA-approved health insurance.

Available individual and group plans available to you as an ACSM member:

Visit FTJ online at for more information.More

Staying Fit Between Flights With No Time to Spare
The New York Times
I cleared Canadian customs after the flight from New York, stashed my passport in my backpack and strode down the wide, brightly lighted corridor of Toronto Pearson International Airport's Terminal 1.

My fellow passengers on the 8:45 Air Canada flight from La Guardia to Toronto were what you'd expect for a Wednesday morning. There were lots of suits and skirts, laptops and briefcases. When we landed, these people appeared poised to rush off to client meetings and appointments.

I had a date with a dumbbell.

Last October, GoodLife Fitness — Canada's largest chain of health clubs — opened what is believed to be the only in-terminal airport gym in North America, here at Pearson. I was here to see if the very idea of working out at an airport gym really works.

Yoga and meditation rooms, marked walking paths and gyms in nearby hotels have been appearing in airports over the last few years. According to the website, the number of fitness centers in and around airports has increased from 12 when the site was started in 2002, to about 200 now. But GoodLife's new 10,000-square-foot complex — near the international baggage claim, in an area that had been largely unused before — may be the boldest assertion yet that a centrally located, in-terminal, full-service fitness operation will get travelers to do more than eat, drink and sit. More

Report Card Says Kids Not Active Enough
Runner's World
American children are falling short of fitness goals, according to a report released Tuesday by the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance.

NPAP, in collaboration with its organizational partner, the American College of Sports Medicine, released the first-ever United States Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth on Tuesday.

"Physical activity levels in American youth fall far below the recommended level, with only about one-fourth of children aged 6-15 meeting the current guideline of 60 minutes of moderate physical activity per day," said Russ Pate, Ph.D., chairman of the alliance. "Fifty percent of waking hours are spent in sedentary activity for children and youth, and this percentage rises with age."

Dr. Peter Katzmarzyk, chairman of the 2014 Report Card Research Advisory Committee said the goal of the report card is to assess levels of physical activity and sedentary behaviors in American children, facilitators and barrier for physical activity, and related health outcomes. More