Sports Medicine Bulletin
June. 29, 2010

Active Voice: Estrogen, Like Androgen, Can Affect Muscle Strength

Active Voice is a column by ACSM experts in science, medicine, and allied health. The viewpoints expressed do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Dawn Lowe, PhD, FACSM, is Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying skeletal muscle deterioration in relation to age, injury and disease. See the April 2010 issue of ACSM's Exercise and Sports Sciences Reviews for a related research review she coauthored: "Mechanisms Behind Estrogen's Beneficial Effect on Muscle Strength in Females."

Estrogens and androgens are the primary sex hormones of females and males, respectively, and these hormones are quite different. Right? We recognize androgens as anabolic steroids that influence the response of skeletal muscle to exercise in males. But what about estrogen’s influence on exercise and skeletal muscle in women? If you are not so sure about this answer, you are not alone.More

ESSR Journal Club Now Available!

Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews (ESSR) has launched an online journal club. Beginning with the July issue, which is available now, each issue will feature discussion questions for a selected article. The journal club questions can be used by educators and students to gain a greater understanding and generate thought-provoking discussion of the topic. The selected article will be available for free on the journal Web site and will be identified in the table of contents with a special icon — online and in print. All journal club questions also will be included in the Journal Club link at the right-hand side of the journal homepage.

Journal club questions are available where ever this icon appears:

In the July issue, go to the article "Nonhomeostatic Control of Human Appetite and Physical Activity in Regulation of Energy Balance" by Katarina T. Borer. Download the journal club questions by Barry Braun.

Other Web site features
You will have access to other great features once you register on the journal site. Features, available for all four official ACSM journals, include:

You can log in to your journals now by going to the ACSM Web site and clicking on the journal title under "Member Journals."More

Become a Mentor and Inspire the Next Generation of Professionals

ACSM is proud to announce a new FREE membership benefit geared toward mentoring future leaders in sports medicine and exercise science and providing members with a rewarding volunteer experience.

The College has partnered with MentorNet, a leading e-mentoring network, to pair ACSM members with university students pursuing studies and careers in sports medicine and exercise science. By signing up, you allow your background to be matched with a student awaiting a mentor.

You can spend as little as 15 minutes a week (or more, as your schedule allows), for eight months, to help improve student retention and success in these critical fields.

Become a mentor today!
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Students – Do you have questions about your future career or graduate school? Looking for ways to network? An ACSM Mentor can help! Click here to sign up for a mentor.
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Policy Corner: New Focus for President's Council

Proponents of physical activity and exercise paid close attention June 23 as First Lady Michelle Obama presented the Administration’s long-awaited appointees to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. In an event at a Washington, D.C. high school, Mrs. Obama also announced a new focus for the Council, now known as the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.More

Deadline July 30: FASEB/MARC Awards Fund Travel

FASEB/MARC (Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology/Minority Access to Research Careers) program provides funding for travel awards to support the participation of faculty/mentors and students, and poster/oral presenters at IPE 2010. For eligibility, application forms and deadlines please go to: Abstract deadline for IPE 2010 is July 15th. See to submit your abstract.More

U.S. Embraces May as EIM Month

May 2010 marked the third annual Exercise is Medicine Month, recognizing, emphasizing and celebrating on a national scale that exercise and physical activity are important to health and the prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases. The observance of May as EIM Month allowed physicians, health and fitness professionals, supporting organizations and constituents to identify and create awareness that exercise is, indeed, medicine. It also provided an opportunity for communities to get involved and spread the word about the benefits of exercise. Many people celebrated Exercise is Medicine Month this May and became more physically active and healthy. More

Historic Match Takes Physical, Mental Toll
Wednesday evening Nicolas Mahut and John Isner finally got a break on the Wimbledon court when the sun went down. The two tennis players had been battling each other for the win for 10 hours.

"I’ve seen some long matches, but never to that extent," says Dr. Gary Wadler, a former physician with the U.S. Open Tennis Championships for 11 years. "It underscores how fit someone has to be to play at high-level tennis." More

Too Much of a Good Thing
The Dallas Morning News
What made Larry Brown’s addiction acceptable was that it was, at least on the surface, good for him.

He was in his early 40s and running an impressive 50 miles a week. So what if it consumed him, if he thought about it even when his feet weren’t methodically hitting the pavement or carrying him across a finish line; so what if he became angry when the weather, or something else he couldn’t control, kept him from his workout? More