Sports Medicine Bulletin
Dec. 6, 2011

Active Voice: Electric Bikes as a New Active Transportation Modality to Promote Health
By Boris Gojanovic, M.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Boris Gojanovic, M.D., is a staff physician at the Swiss Olympic Medical Center in the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) in Switzerland. In addition to clinical sports medicine and athletic performance, Gojanovic’s research activities focus on new ways to counteract the growing problem of inactivity and low fitness levels. This commentary presents Dr. Gojanovic’s views associated with the research article he and his colleagues published in the Nov. 2011 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE).

The ever-growing benefits of physical activity for health are often matched by the barriers people face in being active, such as the lack of time, motivation, infrastructure and knowledge. Strategies have been developed to create worksite programs, improve urbanization and green areas, and promote active transportation, both for health and environmental reasons. The latter part faces its own challenges – including increasing distances from living to working sites, roads not adapted for cyclists, insufficient facilities (showers, lockers) at the workplace, and the topography of certain urban environments – which render classical biking too strenuous to be an easy option. More

ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® Begins New Year with New Editor-in-Chief

Steven J. Keteyian, Ph.D., FACSM, was recently named Editor-in-Chief for ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal and will begin his four-year term with the January/February 2012 issue.

Dr. Keteyian is the program director of preventive cardiology and the director of the exercise physiology core laboratory at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where he has been since 1981. He received his B.S. from Grand Valley State College in Allendale, MI, his M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO, and his Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.More

Policy Corner: Update on Federal Physical Activity Guidelines

The seminal 2006 ACSM policy roundtable spawned an ambitious agenda that has served as a platform for action uniting the efforts of dozens of organizations. The National Physical Activity Plan is a conspicuous result, now adopted and undergoing implementation.

Another priority articulated by roundtable participants was the adoption of the first U.S. physical activity guidelines, which were promulgated in 2008. Readers of Policy Corner and others in tune with ACSM advocacy are well aware of the push to have physical activity guidelines reviewed and renewed on a regular basis, as are nutritional guidelines. Through the ACSM-led Federal Physical Activity Guidelines Coalition (FPAGC), we’re making progress toward that goal. Please note two major developments: More

CEPA Seeks National Provider Identifier Recognition for Physiologists

The Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA), an ACSM affiliate society, has been working to make clinical exercise physiologists more recognized by the federal government’s National Provider Identifier. CEPA encourages all clinical exercise physiologists to get involved and increase the visibility of their field.More

Annual Art & Science of Health Promotion Conference Focuses on Healthy Choices

The American Journal of Health Promotion is pleased to invite ACSM members to their 22nd Annual Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference. The conference will be held April 11-13, 2012 at The Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA.

With the theme “Making Healthy Choices the Easiest Choices: Increasing Awareness, Enhancing Motivation, Building Skills, and Creating Supportive Environments,” the conference “continues its longstanding tradition of bringing together practitioners, scientists and educators from across disciplines to learn and share their experience.” The conference will feature three keynote addresses and several program tracks. Complete program details, a schedule and registration information are available at More

Ultramarathoners Suffer Injuries But Most May Be Minor, Study Finds
Los Angeles Times
Ultramarathoners go to extremes, but their rate of major injuries may be somewhat moderate.

A study of 396 ultramarathoners found that while many suffer injuries throughout the course of their race, the vast majority of them are minor. Researchers looked at medical data on runners who competed in Racing the Planet 4 Deserts series, a four-part ultra-race that takes place over seven days in rough terrain on four continents. Runners travel 150 miles per race.More

Soccer 'Heading' May Cause Brain Damage
Heading the soccer ball too frequently may cause damage to the brain, according to new research.

In smaller numbers, there doesn’t seem to be a problem. It’s when the number of headers reaches about 1,300 per year that the brain may begin to suffer traumatic brain damage.

Numbers that high may seem excessive, but not for players regularly honing their skills on the field through practice. More