Sports Medicine Bulletin
Nov. 27, 2012

Active Voice: Can Exercise Be Bad For You?
By Stephen M. Roth, Ph.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Stephen M. Roth, Ph.D., FACSM, is associate professor and associate chair in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland. His research is focused broadly on the interaction of DNA and exercise, including studies examining the genetic influences on exercise-related traits and also the role of chronic exercise on DNA structure. He is a co-author of the regularly published “Advances in Exercise Genomics” articles in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® and Associate Editor-in-Chief of Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews.

The media jumped all over a scientific article published a few months ago by Bouchard and colleagues in PLoS ONE that described adverse metabolic responses to aerobic exercise training in some subjects. As can be expected in an article having both the words “adverse” and “exercise” in the title, the natural reaction from the media was to question whether exercise was bad for some people. That is an overly simple interpretation to draw and not the most complete or thoughtful conclusion that should be made from the work.More

Apply Now for ACSM Committees in 2013

Committees play a vital role in the American College of Sports Medicine. All members are invited to express an interest in serving on any National Committee. However, preference is usually given to ACSM Fellows, and those individuals who have been active in the Regional Chapters. Please understand that it may not be possible to find committee assignments for all who wish to serve. Deadline for submission of the Committee Interest Form is January 1, 2013. Announcement of appointments will begin in March of 2013, and will continue until completion. If you are interested in serving on an ACSM National Committee, click here. More

Policy Corner: ACSM Members are Lead Presenters at 4th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport

On November 1-2, the 4th International Consensus Conference on Concussion in Sport was held in Zurich, Switzerland. The conference reviewed the latest science and research regarding concussion in sport. A group of experts met during the conference to draft a consensus statement on concussion in sport which will steer policy efforts in coming years, led by Robert Cantu, M.D., FACSM, and Stanley Herring, M.D., FACSM.

Topics included an exploration of a possible recommended minimum age for youth to play tackle American football versus flag. Other topics of discussion at the conference were as follows:

More information can be found here.More

The National Foundation and ACSM work with U.S. Governors to Announce More Free Fitness Centers for Schools in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts

The National Foundation for Governors' Fitness Councils – in partnership with ACSM – celebrated the installation of four more Live Positively Fitness Centers in Pennsylvania last month. Chairman Jake Steinfeld and ACSM CEO Jim Whitehead, who serves in an adjunct role as the Executive Director of the National Foundation, were joined by Governor Tom Corbett and a multitude of state and local officials at South Allegheny Middle School near Pittsburgh, PA to cut the ribbon on the state-of-the-art fitness center and celebrate youth fitness.

The National Foundation then traveled to Boston to announce three winning schools for Massachusetts, joined by Governor Deval Patrick at Salemwood School to discuss the campaign and the importance of physical fitness at a young age. The three winners are Salemwood School, Henry Lord Middle School and South Lawrence East Middle School, where fitness centers will be installed in December. Schools are selected based on innovation to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles, and school commitment to use the fitness centers to enable are more active student population over the years. An ACSM panel of experts select the winning schools. An ongoing evaluation of impact of the nationwide network of centers will begin in 2013, and strategies identified to create a multiplier effect for the fitness centers in promoting active and healthy lifestyles for present and future students of the schools but also the families of the students and the surrounding communities. Partnerships with other programs that promote physical activity in schools will be considered, especially proven and evidence-based initiatives. The National Foundation and ACSM have enjoyed remarkable success in outreach to schools across the U.S., and looks forward to expanded the fitness center network in 2013.More

You're Invited: ACSM Past President Barb Ainsworth to Lead Delegation to Cuba in April 2013

The American College of Sports Medicine is organizing a delegation to visit Cuba in April 2013 for the purpose of researching practices, treatment, and education in the field of sports medicine.

The program schedule will be designed to support ACSM’s mission. Specific meetings and visits will be based largely on the experience, background, and interests of the delegation members. Planned topics of discussion include:

Travel to Cuba is restricted by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Treasury Department. This delegation will be travelling under OFAC regulation 31 CFR §515.564 General license for professional research. This license supports our access to the highest level professionals in Cuba.More

National Health Conference Promotes Exercise, Healthy Lifestyle for Medical Benefits
Downtown Devil (Arizona State University)
ASU and the American College of Sports Medicine hosted a national conference Saturday discussing the importance of physical activity and healthy lifestyles for patients with long-term illnesses.

The National Strategic Summit: Roadmap for Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Comparative Effectiveness Research conference discussed the need for physicians to prescribe exercise and healthy dieting to patients suffering from ailments like type 2 diabetes, depression and lower back pain. Comparative effectiveness research, or CER, is the scientific comparison of the potential benefits and harm of healthcare treatments.More

Physical Education Programs Stalled By State Loopholes: 2012 Shape Of The Nation Report
Huffington Post
A report by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and the American Heart Association has found that while nearly 75 percent of states require physical education in elementary through high school, over half of states permit students to substitute other activities for their required physical education credit, or otherwise fail to mandate a specific amount of instructional time.More