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Readers: Tell us what you want to see in SMB!
ACSM/NSF Creating Health/Fitness Facility Standards, Certification
EIM continues global outreach; meets with representatives from China, India
ACSM fellow highest bidder on ski trip auction
Policy Corner: Become a Key Contact to Advocate for Youth Concussion Issues
Keep Your Team Ready for Play with ACSM’s Team Physician Course
Membership – I belong. Do you?
Sports medicine & exercise science headlines

Readers: Tell Us What You Want to See in SMB!
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For the past year, Sports Medicine Bulletin has been delivered to ACSM members in a weekly, electronic format, providing insightful features, quick updates, and news from around the industry. Now, in our second year of production, we want to hear from you! If there is a feature, commentary or news item you’d like to read in an upcoming issue – or if you just want to give your thoughts on the newsletter – tell us at smb@acsm.org. SMB exists to serve ACSM’s members in the most valuable way possible. Your comments and suggestions will help guide the newsletter’s direction moving forward.

ACSM/NSF Creating Health/Fitness Facility Standards, Certification
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By Walter Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM

ACSM and NSF International – a World Health Organization Collaborating Center – have launched a new Joint Committee focused on the unprecedented creation of independently recognized and sanctioned standards (and a certification program based on those standards) for health and fitness facilities. The partnership brings together two internationally noted organizations to promote the health and safety of people as they engage in exercise and sports in health and fitness facilities, including all four sectors of the industry (community-based, commercial, corporate and medical fitness centers). Members of the Joint Committee fall into the following five categories: Medicine/Health, Public Health/Regulatory, Industry, Medicine/Health, or User. According to NSF policy, no one group can dominate the Joint Committee. As a result, there is equal representation from all five interest groups. Chaired by former ACSM Board of Trustees member Walt Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, of Georgia State University, the Joint Committee was formed in early 2007; the partnership is mid-way to its goal of having its comprehensive certification for health fitness facilities in place.

EIM Continues Global Outreach; Meets with Representatives from China, India
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Exercise is Medicine™ has been making significant strides in promoting physical activity and exercise to prevent disease and improve health on a global scale.

In December, Exercise is Medicine representatives met with Chinese government public health officials. Adrian Hutber, Ph.D., vice president of the initiative, presented Exercise is Medicine as a case study for physical activity counseling and exercise referrals in the United States during a training session for members of the Chinese sport ministry. Exercise is Medicine Task Force member Steven Blair, P.E.D., FACSM, provided attendees with scientific evidence on the mortality risk and disease risk associated with inactivity.

ACSM Fellow Highest Bidder on Ski Trip Auction
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Proceeds will benefit Foundation, fund student travel

Scott Paluska, M.D., FACSM, will have a chance to try "helicopter skiing" courtesy of a generous donation to the ACSM Foundation.

Canadian Mountain Holidays (CMH), based in British Columbia, Canada, donated the expenses-and-accommodation-paid trip to the Foundation. The trip was offered to ACSM members via an eBay auction last week, with Paluska offering the highest bid.

"I think the Foundation's affiliation with the generous Canadian Mountain Holidays donation is well-chosen, as CMH promotes sensible and safe utilization of their unparalleled mountainous terrain," Paluska said. "Plus, I could not easily pass up the prospect of skiing in waist-deep powder for days on end!"

The relationship with and donation from CMH was facilitated by ACSM Fellow Delia Roberts, Ph.D. Proceeds from the auction will fund student travel to ACSM’s Annual Meeting and will aid the ACSM Winter Sports Science interest group. To learn more about or contribute to the Foundation, click here.

For more information on heli-skiing and packages with CMH, visit www.canadianmountainholidays.com. The ACSM Foundation expresses its sincere appreciation to CMH for its donation.

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Become a Key Contact to Help Advocate for Youth Concussion Issues
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On Jan. 4, the House Judiciary Committee held its second hearing on football head injuries in Detroit, Mich. Gaining front-page coverage in the New York Times’ sports section, the topic commanded attention and highlighted a renewed call to action to ensure athletes of all ages and playing levels are evaluated by a medical professional before returning to play and risking long-term damage from multiple head injuries. Though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided a free toolkit for high school coaches on concussion identification and treatment, additional action is needed. Click here to order a free copy of the toolkit or view online. More

Keep Your Team Ready for Play with ACSM's Team Physician Course
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Attend the 2010 ACSM Team Physician Course – Part 1 in Las Vegas Feb. 24-28, 2010, and learn the best innovative, evidence-based strategies to keep your team healthy and on the field. Clinicians will be presented with a thorough overview of the duties of the team physician, and will learn specific methods for treating and identifying head and neck problems in athletes; upper extremity injuries; female athlete injuries; cardiovascular and pulmonary issues; and much more. Register today!

Membership - I Belong. Do You?
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Congratulations to Lori Gravish for being the 2009 Top Recruiter for ACSM’s membership campaign. Lori receives complimentary registration, hotel and airfare to the 2010 ACSM Annual Meeting for recruiting the most new members in 2009. Assist ACSM in recruiting new members so they can receive the benefits you enjoy – and to give the organization an even larger voice in promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyles. Click here for details.

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Exercise and Science Headlines

Headlines include recent stories in the media on sports medicine and exercise science topics and do not reflect ACSM statements, views or endorsements. Headlines are meant to inform members on what the public is reading and hearing about the field.

Do You Overestimate Your Child's Activity?
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Compared to adults, children seem to be moving constantly. So it’s no surprise that most parents who are quizzed about their child’s physical activity level describe their children as fairly active. More

The Hidden Benefits of Exercise
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As millions of Americans flock to the gym armed with New Year's resolutions to get in shape, medical experts are offering an additional reason to exercise: Regular workouts may help fight off colds and flu, reduce the risk of certain cancers and chronic diseases and slow the process of aging. More

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