Sports Medicine Bulletin
Nov. 24, 2009

Q&A: ACSM Hosts 2010 World Heart Games for Cardiac Rehab Athletes

The ACSM World Heart Games are helping patients at high risk for or with diagnoses of cardiovascular diseases "reclaim the joy of sports." The event is an Olympic-style competition symbolizing that these patients can engage in and enjoy appropriate and invigorating sports competition like any other athletes. To appreciate the exhilaration experienced in these Games, just watch this video clip, showing patients at the Heart and Lung Games, held at Chicago in 2006.

These Games had their beginnings nearly 20 years ago in Georgia with efforts involving F. Stuart Sanders, M.D., FACSM, and his healthcare colleagues in cardiac rehabilitation. Sanders and several ACSM Fellows and other national leaders in cardiac rehabilitation have diligently planned the upcoming event, which is scheduled for May 14-15, 2010, at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga.

Q: What exactly are the ACSM World Heart Games?
A: The Games are a two-day Olympic-style competition for patients at either high risk for or with diagnoses for various cardiovascular diseases. The competition is an excellent opportunity for these special athletes to engage in a range of sports events that are consistent with their health status and capabilities.More

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ACSM InfoSearch is a powerful information update service that offers you the easiest and most efficient way to stay abreast of the latest professional literature in your specific areas of interest.

Take full advantage of this ACSM member benefit that includes: Click here to stay up-to-date on the literature in your field.More

ACSM Holds Thinktank, Reception for Athletics and Youth Sports Leaders

Former Major League Baseball player Mike Pagliarulo, prominent ACSM members, and athletics leaders from around Indianapolis visited the ACSM National Center last week.

Pagliarulo and fellow MLB alumni Chris Martin and Willie Fraser joined William Roberts, M.D., FACSM, Michael Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM, and John DiFiori, M.D., FACSM, for a two-day "thinktank" meeting that focused on baseball and youth sports safety. The group will help guide ACSM programs and statements on youth sports, forming a cohesive, streamlined approach to maximizing safety and education for young athletes and those who work with them.

Following the Nov. 19 session, ACSM welcomed Indianapolis-area athletic organizations, youth sports leaders, journalists and ACSM members to a networking reception and meet-and-greet with Pagliarulo, Fraser and Martin.More

Apply for ACSM's Leadership and Diversity Training Program

Are you a student or professional member interested in an opportunity to receive financial assistance and opportunities for increased ACSM participation? If so, apply for ACSM's Leadership & Diversity Training Program by Feb. 1, 2010. This competitive program will recruit, mentor and retain minority members. The program has three levels and offers professional and financial opportunities to participants, who will enhance their ACSM involvement by attending regional and national conferences and participating in service activities. Participants at each level will be mentored to pursue ACSM professional presentations, publications, and eventually ACSM Fellowship. This program offers minority professional and student members the opportunity to remain involved with ACSM from student member through ACSM Fellowship. Access the ACSM Leadership & Diversity Training Program application.More

Policy Corner: Senate Health Care Bill Includes Healthy Lifestyle Provisions

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) unveiled a sweeping health care bill that would expand health insurance coverage to 30 million more Americans at an estimated cost of $849 billion over 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO), which is the nonpartisan entity charged with analyzing the cost of proposed legislation, estimated that the proposal would reduce the federal deficit by $127 billion over the next 10 years and by more than $600 billion in the following decade. ACSM was pleased to learn that the bill includes prevention and wellness provisions that are supported by Democrats and Republicans alike, including establishing a Prevention and Public Health fund, which would be funded at nearly $5 billion over five years and authorizes the creation of community-based prevention and wellness programs to promote healthy lifestyles, including increased physical activity levels.More

Members: Use Ready-made PowerPoint to Speak on Physical Activity

Did you know you can receive a free, ready-to-use PowerPoint presentation on the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans? ACSM was instrumental in the creation of the guidelines, originally calling for their creation at a groundbreaking 2006 policy roundtable. In addition, several ACSM members served on the scientific writing team for the guidelines.

Simply sign up your organization or university as a supporter for the guidelines and receive a toolkit that includes the PowerPoint, posters, fact sheets and more.More

Semenya to Keep Medal; Test Results to Stay Private
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Obesity Weighs Down Health Care
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A new projection estimates that 40 percent of Americans will be obese by the year 2018, signifying the worst health problem in U.S. history. As Jeff Glor reports, health care costs could skyrocket nationwide.

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NFL to Shift in Its Handling of Concussions
The New York Times
In a shift in the National Football League’s approach to handling concussions, the league will soon require teams to receive advice from independent neurologists while treating players with brain injuries, several people with knowledge of the plan confirmed Sunday.More