Sports Medicine Bulletin
Sep. 18, 2012

Active Voice: Exercise Speeds Healing in Obese Mice
By Brandt Pence, Ph.D. and Jeffrey Woods, Ph.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Brandt Pence, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a member of ACSM, with research interests in the broad area of exercise, obesity, and immune function, including defects in wound healing and impairments in anti-viral immunity associated with the obese state.

Jeffrey Woods, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor of exercise physiology in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research career has been focused on the impact of exercise on immune function in conditions as diverse as obesity, normal aging, cancer and infection. His current research is focused on the neuroimmunological and behavioral impacts of exercise and nutrition during the aging process.

The following commentary reflects Dr. Pence’s and Dr. Woods’ views relating to their and colleagues’ research article, which appears in the October 2012 issue of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise®, “Exercise Speeds Cutaneous Wound Healing in High-Fat Diet-Induced Obese Mice.”

Obesity has become a nationwide (and indeed worldwide) concern, with recent estimates of more than two-thirds of adults in the United States being classified as overweight or obese. Obesity, while itself a concern, also brings with it a large number of related problems. From recent evidence of impaired immune responses to influenza H1N1/09 (the “swine flu”) in individuals with obesity, to the more well-known relationship between obesity and type 2 diabetes, comorbidities associated with obesity create a great strain on healthcare systems in the United States and around the world. More

ACSM Invites You: Connect with the 2012 Nutrition + Physical Activity Learning Connection Summit via Social Media

Can’t be at the 2012 Nutrition + Physical Activity Learning Connection Summit in Arlington, VA today and tomorrow? Follow @GENYOUthNOW on Twitter and like GENYOUth Foundation on Facebook to find updates and join in the conversation. Please use the hashtag #FuelUpPlayLearn for the event.

The goal of the 2012 Nutrition + Physical Activity Learning Connection Summit is to identify knowledge gaps, draw meaningful conclusions, highlight practical approaches to leverage the current science, and move the agenda forward on working with and through schools to enhance children’s health and readiness to learn. It builds on ACSM’s Academic Achievement conference from last year. Tomorrow’s Summit is a cooperative effort by the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Dairy Council, GENYOUth Foundation, National Football League, and the American School Health Association.More

Register Now for ACSM's 2013 Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition

The 2013 Summit returns to Paris Las Vegas! It will kick off with pre-conferences and special events Tuesday, March 12, and ends at noon on Friday, March 15. You won’t want to miss the networking opportunities, exhibits and workouts… not to mention the fun of Las Vegas! Register today!

ACSM’s Health and Fitness Summit and Exposition bridges the gap between the science of sports medicine and practice for the fitness professional, broadly defined. Through educational sessions and workouts, attendees are presented with cutting-edge information on hot topics in the industry. Faculty members highlight ways to help attendees apply what they learn to everyday situations, and encourage interaction.

The Summit is geared toward presenting applicable cutting-edge research to health and fitness professionals. A wide range of disciplines are covered, from nutrition, personal training and exercise program design to sports medicine and professional development. By attending this meeting, you’ll have the chance not only to listen to leaders in the Health and Fitness field talk about new advances and controversies, but also to participate in hands-on workouts. If you’re interested in promoting health and fitness to people of all ages and capabilities, the 2013 Summit will expose you to a wide range of information and future job possibilities (and, did we mention it’s at Paris Las Vegas?).More

Policy Corner: Wellness Week — ACSM Partners with the World Bank and PAHO/WHO

ACSM, The World Bank and the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization will sponsor a policy forum on September 21 titled “ACTIVE CITIES: Transforming Communities for Smart Growth and Health.” The forum will feature top leaders and researchers from across North and South America discussing the Multi-sector Role of Government in Promoting Active Cities as well as best practices and stories from the field. Look for a recap of the forum in next week’s Policy Corner.

Wellness Week, originated in 2010 by the Pan American Health Organization and the World Health Organization, is recognized this week, September 17-23. Activities in numerous countries will emphasize the importance of the built and natural environment and socioeconomic conditions that modify risk factors for NCDs, and will seek to reverse health inequities among vulnerable populations and promote prevention and active living in the Americas. Each day of the week has a different area of emphasis for wellness. View the list here.

ACSM has created an online toolkit with background information about Wellness Week and resources such as a draft news release and letter to the editor. Advocates for wellness as a public health strategy are encouraged to download and use the toolkit. There is also a great deal of information about wellness and Wellness Week on the website of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.More

Don't Miss Free Online Content from Current Sports Medicine Reports

The September/October issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports is now available online. Check out the two free featured articles at The featured articles for this issue are “Caring for Umpires, Officials, and Referees,” by Steven M. Erickson, MD; Mark A. Letendre, ATC; Kareem M. Shaarawy, MD; and Amy Jo F. Overlin, MD and “Barefoot Running: Biomechanics and Implications for Running Injuries” by Allison R. Altman, MS and Irene S. Davis, PhD, PT, FAPTA, FACSM, FASB. The articles are available only for the duration of the issue, so get them today!

Current Sports Medicine Reports is the official clinical review journal of ACSM and is written specifically for ACSM physician members to provide a thorough review of the most current sports medicine literature. ACSM physician members receive an online subscription to this journal as a member benefit. Interested in print? ACSM members can purchase a print subscription of Current Sports Medicine Reports for only $15 per year. Contact ACSM Membership at 317.637.9200 x309 or email for details. More

COLUMN: Exercise and Academic Performance
Aiken Standard
Being physically active is one of the most important things we can do to promote good health.

Regardless of age, regular exercise has been shown to improve health and reduce the risk of common diseases from cancer to the flu. In children physical activity builds bone and muscle strength, helps maintain a healthy body weight, improves self-esteem and reduces stress and anxiety. It also turns out that kids who get regular activity do better in school. More

Why Paralympians Need 'Extreme Sports Medicine'
There is little doubt that GB athletes competing in the Paralympics are extremely well-prepared and in perfect shape.

In that respect, they are no different from Olympic athletes.

The dedication and hard work required over many years to put them in with a chance of a medal means pushing their bodies to the limit.

For Paralympians this can sometimes create its own problems in the form of some very specific injuries which need to be treated by experienced medics. More