Sports Medicine Bulletin
Nov. 1, 2011

Q&A: The 2nd Edition of ACSM's Advance Exercise Physiology
By Peter A. Farrell, Ph.D., FACSM
Peter A. Farrell, Ph.D., FACSM, is a Professor of Kinesiology at East Carolina University. In 2003, he was awarded the Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine. He is a member of the National Academy of Kinesiology and served as an Exercise Councilor for Exercise Physiology in the American Physiological Society. Dr. Farrell taught Advanced Exercise Physiology at Penn State University for 16 years. His research focuses on endocrine aspects of exercise physiology.

The second edition of ACSM’s Advanced Exercise Physiology was just released by ACSM’s publishing partner Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Peter A. Farrell, Ph.D. FACSM; Michael J. Joyner, M.D., FACSM; and Vincent J. Caiozzo, Ph.D., FACSM edited this extensive update. They collaborated with a team of internationally prominent scientists that revised the individual chapters, each an expert in one of the many topic areas addressed in the publication.

SMB had the opportunity to ask Dr. Farrell a few questions about this update – especially how it differs from the first edition. Questions include:


Meet Your 2012 ACSM Election Candidates

The ACSM election is just around the corner. Click here to the meet the candidates.

To be eligible to vote in the election, you must be a current ACSM member by Feb. 1, 2012. Eligible voters will receive an email and a postcard announcing the opening of the 2012 ACSM election. The email and postcard will include directions for voting and provide you with your unique username and password.

View candidates online. With questions, please contact Chris Sawyer at or (317) 637-9200 ext. 104.More

ACSM Website Gets a Fresh New Look

Last week, ACSM launched a new website with the help of vendor Matrix Group International. The new website offers members, certified professionals and the public several enhanced features, including:

Plus, ACSM members and certified professionals can now access MyACSM on every page. With just one click, you can update your profile, register for a meeting and access your journals.

One additional change you may notice is that ACSM now has a dedicated website for certification. The certification website contains information about each of our certifications, the ACSM ProFinder and past issues of Certified News. However, ACSM certified professionals can still access your profile, register for workshops and meetings, and see your ACSM CECs using the red LOGIN box to the right.

We hope you love the new look of ACSM online. If you have any questions or are having trouble finding your content, please email us at or call us at (317) 637-9200.More

Survey Predicts Hottest Fitness Trends for 2012

Last week, ACSM released our annual survey of fitness trends in the November/December issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®. Educated and experienced fitness professionals secured the top spot for the fifth consecutive year.

The survey, now in its sixth year, was distributed to health and fitness professionals worldwide and was designed to reveal trends in various fitness environments. Respondents from nearly every continent in the world returned more than 2,600 completed surveys. Thirty-seven potential trends were given as choices, and the top 20 were ranked and published by ACSM.

The top five predicted trends for 2012 are:

  1. Educated and experienced fitness professionals
  2. Strength training
  3. Fitness programs for older adults
  4. Exercise and weight loss
  5. Children and obesity
For a complete list of the top 20 trends, check out the full study online. The article is available to the public at no charge through Dec. 31. More

Policy Corner: Obesity Recommendations Open for Comment

The public comment period on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s (USPSTF) obesity screening and management statement provides an opportunity for ACSM members to contribute to policy decisions individually and collectively. John Jakicic, Ph.D., FACSM, and his colleagues on the ad hoc committee on obesity prevention and treatment will prepare comments on behalf of ACSM. In addition, individual members may wish to submit their own comments on the draft recommendations. The public comment period ends Wednesday, Nov. 23.More

ACSM Accepting Applications for 2012 Foundation Research Grant Program

ACSM is now accepting applications for our 2012 Foundation Research Grant Program. In 2011, ACSM funded 20 grants through this program, awarding a total of $111,066 to researchers.

Members ranging from graduate students to experienced professionals are eligible to apply for these funding opportunities. Choose the grant opportunity that’s right for you.

Please note that you must download Adobe Reader 9 to complete the application. The application deadline is Jan. 20, 2012. Contact Michael Dell at or (317) 637-9200 ext. 143 with questions or for more information. More

Zumba Brings the Dance Party Into the Health Club
USA Today
What is that stepping on the toes of traditional fitness routines?

Zumba, the Latin-inspired dance workout that is more like a wild party scene than a strict exercise regiment, has salsaed into the top 10 fitness trends for the coming year, according to a report being released Thursday by the American College of Sports Medicine. More

Top Sports Doctor Says NFL Players Union Needs to Get on Board with Blood Tests for HGH
New York Daily News
We are told that the NFLPA is still resisting HGH testing because they are contesting the "32 signatures" of physicians and scientists endorsing the test on the basis that the doctors and scientists were influenced by anti-doping agencies that use this test. They are also seeking a "population" study of the test - the data from athletes who were used to originally set the thresholds that determine a positive test. The union wants to compare that data to a population study on football players; the union believes players may have naturally higher HGH levels than those of other athletes. More