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Research Collaborative in Cuba: An Invitation from ACSM Past-President Barbara Ainsworth

The American College of Sports Medicine is organizing a research collaborative to visit Cuba in December 2012 for the purpose of researching practices, treatment and education in the field of Sports Medicine. As Past-President of ACSM, I am honored to have been selected to lead this collaborative and invite you to join in this unique opportunity.

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 collaborative members. Planned topics of discussion include:
  • The role of primary care and community-based services to promote physical activity to children and adults, including Exercise is Medicine initiatives
  • Public education, awareness, and intervention strategies to reduce age-related physical decline in older adults
  • The role of physical education, fitness, and sports in public schools and how they are organized as a multi-sectoral/inter-sectoral bases
  • Understanding how the Cuban Integrated Model of Sport Development and the National Institute of Sport, Physical Education, and Recreation (INDER) has influenced physical activity, sport safety, and health outcomes of citizens
  • Discussion of the role of physical fitness in promoting workplace productivity, maintaining optimal health, and national preparedness.
Travel to Cuba is restricted by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Treasury Department. This collaborative 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


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