Sports Medicine Bulletin
November 10, 2009

ACSM, YMCA Partner to Promote Healthy Lifestyles

ACSM and YMCA of the USA have announced a formal partnership that will bring the two organizations’ shared goals and objectives to a widespread community audience. The partnership will seek to improve overall health in the United States through simple, affordable, effective steps – largely utilizing the reach and resources of ACSM including ACSM's American Fitness Index™, a program that ranks the 50 largest U.S. cities according to various health factors. The AFI program will be used by YMCAs as a tool to promote community wellness and lead community efforts on policy and environmental changes related to health. The Exercise is Medicine™ program will also play a significant role in the partnership, increasing the collaborative effort between health care providers and fitness professionals (including those employed by the YMCA) to create a complete picture of health. ACSM members are encouraged to enhance the partnership through their own efforts, using tools such as the AFI Community Action Guide and Keys to Exercise video series.More

Resource Center, Scholarships, Webinars Available for Students

Resource Center
Did you know ACSM has a dedicated online resource center for students? The student affairs page includes a monthly article written for students by students.

In addition, students are eligible for three scholarships/travel awards offered by ACSM:

Want a chance to win $1,000 and free registration to the 2010 Health and Fitness Summit in Austin, TX? Click here to find out more about the Lawrence A. Golding Health/Fitness Scholarship! The scholarship is available to undergraduate students who have made significant outstanding contributions to their communities in health, fitness and/or education.

In memory of Michael L. Pollock, ACSM's 26th President, the ACSM Foundation will be awarding two $200 scholarships to graduate students who are presenting research projects at the 2010 ACSM Annual Meeting in Baltimore. The awards will be based on the two best research projects, focused in the areas of health & fitness and/or clinical exercise physiology. The research will be evaluated by a committee of four ACSM Fellows who worked extensively with Dr. Pollock during his career, including two Past Presidents. Please click here to view the application. Submit your application and research project to ACSM no later than Friday, April 2, 2010.

In memory of Steven M. Horvath, FACSM, the ACSM Foundation will be awarding two $500 scholarships to aid two underrepresented minority graduate students to present their scholarly work at the ACSM Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland. The awards will be based upon their research projects submitted for the 2010 ACSM Annual Meeting. Please click here to view the application. Submit your application and research project to ACSM no later than Friday, April 2, 2010.

ACSM students can learn valuable career tips from the best in the business – for free! Two upcoming Webinars allow new investigators to "meet the experts":

Careers in Physical Therapy: Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. Eastern
Led by Lynn Millar, Ph.D., MSPT, P.T., FACSM

Careers in Dietetics / Sports Nutrition: Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. Eastern
Led by Stella Volpe, Ph.D., R.D., LD/N, FACSM

Click here to register for either Webinar.More

Who Doesn't Love a Parade Article?

Are you one of Parade magazine’s 71 million readers? If your local newspaper carries the weekly magazine, you may have read about Exercise is Medicine™ and the preventive power of physical activity in the Sunday, Nov. 1, issue. Reinforce the article’s important message about physical activity and its crucial role in health care reform with this letter to the editor, modifiable for your paper.

Don't get Parade in your hometown? Send this letter to your local newspaper editor instead.

To see whether your local paper includes Parade, click here.More

Get Involved: President's Council Needs Demonstration Coordinators

ACSM's working relationship with the U.S. President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports has afforded ACSM members the opportunity to become Demonstration Center Coordinators in their home states. Coordinators are volunteers who agree to review applications from schools seeking to be certified as Demonstration Centers. These volunteers play an important role by recognizing model physical education classes and curricula in schools. ACSM is working with the President’s Council staff and President’s Challenge program administrators to identify coordinators in all 50 states. States without a coordinator include Alaska, Arkansas, Hawaii and Wyoming. States can also have multiple coordinators, which helps to lessen the burden that might be placed on a single individual. Please click here to learn more about this important initiative. Anyone interested in serving as a coordinator is encouraged to send an e-mail to the President's Challenge at

Honor Dr. Barbara Drinkwater through Women's Research Fund

Barbara Drinkwater, Ph.D., FACSM, was ACSM's first female President – and continues her legacy today through her interactions with students, members, researchers and leaders in sports medicine and exercise science.

Support future research in women's health and honor Dr. Drinkwater's contributions in the field by donating to the Barbara Drinkwater Research Fund today.

To make a contribution, please contact Jessica Hancock at or 317-637-9200, ext. 163.More

POLICY CORNER: House Passes Health Care Reform; Tell Senate to Emphasize Physical Activity

On Saturday night, Nov. 7, the House of Representatives passed its health reform bill, The Affordable Health Care for America Act, by a vote of 220-215. The legislation includes an entire section on prevention and wellness and specifically undertakes a coordinated effort to make comprehensive prevention research, evaluation, and delivery a permanent part of the national landscape. MORE

And, as your Senators debate complex and controversial issues involved in this legislation, please tell them to keep in mind the incontrovertible benefits of physical activity and exercise. Here is a preventive measure with very low cost and high yield: improved health, increased productivity and reduced health care costs. Click here to visit ACSM's Advocacy Center and send your Senators a message.More

Risk of Concussions in High School Football
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams
Stan Herring, M.D., FACSM, discusses the dangers of traumatic head injuries in high school football players on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

ACSM Survey Predicts 2010 Fitness Trends
Medical News Today
A lasting trend is developing in health and fitness, according to an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) survey published in the November/December issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®. The importance of experienced and educated fitness professionals remains the top predicted fitness trend for the third straight year.More