Sports Medicine Bulletin
Aug. 25, 2009

Members: Recognize Your ACSM Colleagues’ Accomplishments

Every day, ACSM’s 35,000 members and certified professionals are making crucial advancements and breakthroughs in sports medicine and exercise science. Their work is broad in breadth and scope – and extends far beyond the important contributions of the College’s elected officers. Now, here’s your chance to share your praise of an ACSM colleague. There are few guidelines on why the member should be recognized for his or her work, be it in research, innovative teaching, service to the underserved, or any other area. Simply fill out this form and send it to by Thursday, Sept. 10.We’ll feature selected recognitions in subsequent issues of Sports Medicine Bulletin, shedding light on the important contributions of so many of our valued members. More

Give Your Feedback On Time Magazine Exercise Article

As featured in recent issues of Sports Medicine Bulletin, ACSM has taken action on a recent article in Time magazine that distorted the health benefits of exercise, especially as it pertains to weight loss. Our communications after the article was published elicited a strong response from members, and we appreciate your support, efforts and letters. The most recent issue of Time featured letters from ACSM President James Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM, and an ACSM-certified professional, Barbie Collins. Your feedback as an ACSM member is key as we continue to shape communications regarding this article and the overall goal of increasing the importance of physical activity in numerous arenas. Weigh in by taking this short survey regarding the article and its messages. Recap: Exercise Is Medicine™ Month Toolkits, Proclamations Provide Opportunities for Involvement Exercise is Medicine™ (EIM) Month, a special time to recognize the initiative and physical activity, may be over for 2009, but there is still much to celebrate. May brought in the support of numerous governors and mayors across the country. Messages proclaiming May as “Exercise is Medicine Month” emphasized the health benefits of exercise and encouraged citizens to open a dialogue with their physicians and other health care providers about exercise. Learn what resources and actions are available to you for next year’s EIM Month. More

Call for Research Proposals: KAATSU Training

The ACSM Foundation has grant funding to support short-term pilot research projects in KAATSU Training (a full occlusion therapy method). It is anticipated that up to 10 research projects will be funded in this cycle at a level of $10,000 for a (6-month) cycle. ACSM members with a Ph.D. or equivalent are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to researchers with basic knowledge of full occlusion therapy or the KAATSU Training methodology for this pilot research. Replicating some of the Japanese studies in the United States, as well as embarking on new areas for study of KAATSU Training is desired. Those awarded grants will have the opportunity to go to Japan to train and to secure the training equipment. The deadline for Letter of Intent submission has been extended to Friday, Aug. 28, 2009. Please submit letters to Jane G. Senior, Assistant Vice President of Research Administration and Programs,, if you intend to submit a proposal. Include your name, full contact information including academic affiliation and ACSM member number. Full proposals must be received at the ACSM National Center by Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009. More More

Policy Corner: NIH Director will Focus on Prevention, Research

On Aug. 17, 2009, Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D. was sworn in as the 16th Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Following the ceremony, he spoke to NIH employees and provided information on what he hopes to accomplish in his new role, as well as outlined some of the future challenges NIH will face. ACSM was encouraged by Dr. Collins’ comments, as he specifically identified prevention, physical activity and healthy lifestyles as top priorities, along with health disparities, research and global health. More

Exercise & Weight Loss: Five Truths
from WebMD
You've heard it time and again -- to lose weight, you need to exercise and watch your diet, so that your calories burned exceed your calories consumed. But if you've been working out and your extra pounds won't budge, you may be wondering why that seemingly simple strategy isn't working. More

Young Athletes At Risk for Heat Illness As Fall Sports Begin
from Medical News Today
As the start of another school year looms and practices for fall sports begin, young athletes - and not just football players - are challenged by the hot weather and face significant heat injury and illness risks, say experts from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). More