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Q&A: Help Advance the 2016 ACSM World Heart Games — Patients Reclaiming the Joy of Sport!

from By F. Stuart Sanders, M.D., FACSM

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

F. Stuart Sanders, M.D., FACSM, is an internal and sports medicine physician. He has directed the Habersham Cardiac Rehabilitation and Cardiovascular Fitness Programs in Demorest, Georgia, since 1986. He also is an adjunct professor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine and has served on medical teams for several different Olympic Games. He currently serves as a Team USA Figure Skating Physician.

The World Heart Games provide an Olympic-style competition for patients with a cardiovascular disease (CVD) diagnosis or those with clinical risk factors for development of CVD. Dr. Sanders, in collaboration with health care colleagues in cardiac rehabilitation, initiated the games nearly 25 years ago in Georgia. ACSM assumed leadership and sponsored the World Heart Games in 2010 and again in 2013. The games are offered in different venues across the U.S. and currently scheduled on a three-year cycle. Dr. Sanders, with task force colleagues, will conduct the 2016 ACSM World Heart Games this May 20-21 at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation/Marion Diehl Park Charlotte in North Carolina.
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