Sports Medicine Bulletin
Oct. 19, 2010

Join ACSM, USADA in the Fight Against Doping in Sports

As headlines continue to expose athletes who test positive for banned substances, ACSM joins the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and numerous other organizations in forming Professionals Against Doping in Sports (PADS) to unite in their commitment to drug-free sports.

The newly-launched PADS website lists dozens of partner and member organizations, including sports governing bodies, medical societies and advocacy organizations. It also invites other organizations to sign on as partners in this important cause.

PADS member organizations are asked to adopt standards modeled on the Statement of Principles of Ethical Behavior for ACSM Members. That declaration asks, in part, that members:

ACSM believes that all sports are at risk for doping and that the significant dangers of prioritizing winning above all else, including compromising health and competitive ethics, make this a critical issue for medical and sport professionals. ACSM has long decried the use of performance-enhancing substances, in statements ranging from a 1984 Position Stand to this year’s support for federal legislation that regulates dietary supplements.More

Policy Corner: ACSM, NFL Team Up on Youth Concussion Resource Center

Experts and advocates gathered in Seattle to focus on concussion in youth sports.
ACSM and the NFL have teamed up to launch the ACSM Resource Center on Concussion in Youth Sports. On Oct. 9, ACSM Executive Vice President Jim Whitehead and Stanley Herring, M.D., FACSM, participated in an NFL conference on the subject. Whitehead announced establishment of the resource center to help advocates pass and implement effective concussion laws in each state.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire and U.S. Army General Peter Chiarelli also spoke at the Oct. 9 conference, which was held in Seattle. The conference was videotaped by NFL Films and will be made into a webinar to help educate young athletes and their coaches, parents, athletic trainers and others about youth sports concussion. The webinar will available soon on the NFL, CDC and ACSM websites.

Once launched, the ACSM Resource Center on Concussion in Youth Sports will:

Last month, ACSM and the NFL co-sponsored a legislative briefing on youth sports concussion. Speakers included medical experts, a youth athlete and three members of Congress.More

Regional Chapters Offer ACSM Benefits Close to Your Home

Interested in connecting with ACSM members in your city, state or region? ACSM has 12 Regional Chapters located throughout the U.S. that help members network with and learn from the many exercise science and sports medicine professionals in their area.

Regional Chapter members attend local educational meetings and have opportunities to develop professional relationships with colleagues close to their home.

Regional Chapter membership is separate but complementary to your ACSM membership. While specific benefits vary, common benefits of Regional Chapter membership include:

For more information on Regional Chapters, visit

An Exciting Opportunity for ACSM Minority Professionals and Student Members

ACSM is accepting applications for our Leadership & Diversity Training Program through Feb. 1, 2011. This training program affords minority members the opportunity to connect with educators, researchers, clinicians and health-and-fitness professionals.

Program participants will receive complimentary travel and registration to ACSM’s 2011 Annual Meeting in Denver. They will also enhance their ACSM involvement by attending regional and national meetings as well as participating in ACSM service activities. Participants at each level will work with mentors who encourage them to pursue ACSM professional presentations, publications and eventually ACSM Fellowship. This program allows minority professional and student members to benefit from all ACSM has to offer – from student membership thru ACSM Fellowship. Apply now. More

Students — Can't Afford to Attend the 2011 ACSM Annual Meeting? We Can Help!

ACSM is now accepting applications for two awards – the Michael L. Pollock Memorial Fund and the Steven M. Horvath Travel Award – that help student members attend our Annual Meeting. Students interested in attending the 2011 Annual Meeting in Denver are welcome to apply.

Note: you must have Adobe Reader 9 to complete both applications. Download Adobe Reader 9 at More

Unfit to Be Tried: 7 Fitness Approaches to Avoid
ABC News
When you have precious few resources to dedicate to your health routine, you want to make sure everything you do, counts. What a bummer to find out you've been following a routine that's a waste of time or spending your hard earned cash on a practice that will never work.

Here, we give you the low down on seven diet and fitness practices you may think are beneficial but alas -- they aren't. More

Phys Ed: Do Marathons Wreck Your Knees?
The New York Times
About this time every year, with the fall marathon season at its zenith, racers in training begin to hear the refrain, ‘‘You are going to ruin your knees.’’ The idea that distance running inexorably leads to arthritis is deeply entrenched, despite the publication of a number of recent studies (detailed in a Phys Ed column last year) that have found otherwise. In one representative experiment, the knees of experienced marathoners, with multiple races behind them, were scanned with magnetic resonance imaging technology, and then scanned again 10 years later.

The runners’ knees were and remained robust throughout that time, with few significant cartilage abnormalities. The only truly unhealthy knee in the study belonged to a former marathoner, who had quit the sport. In the years since he stopped running, his joint had deteriorated badly. More

One Way to Ward Off Alzheimer's: Take a Hike
Walking about a mile a day can increase the size of your gray matter, and greatly decrease the chances of developing Alzheimer's disease or dementia in older adults, a new study suggests.

"This is the first study that really looked over a several-year span and was able to assess this," said study author Kirk Erickson, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Pittsburgh.

Erickson's study found that walking at least one mile per day significantly enhanced the volume of several regions of the brain, including the frontal lobe, which is involved in reasoning and problem-solving. More