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In this issue:

Active Voice: New American Academy of Pediatrics’ Guidelines for Preventing Cheerleading Injuries – How They Can Help & What More Can We Do?
Coalition Co-Created By ACSM Celebrates Breakthrough For Student Athletes With Disabilities
Policy Corner: Be Part of ACSM’s First Capitol Hill Day
Don’t Miss Free Online Content from Current Sports Medicine Reports
Call for Proposals: NCAA Research Committee 2013 Graduate Student Research Grant Program
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines



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Active Voice: New American Academy of Pediatrics Guidelines for Preventing Cheerleading Injuries — How They Can Help & What More Can We Do?
By Toni Torres-McGehee, Ph.D., ATC    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Toni Torres-McGehee, Ph.D., ATC, is an ACSM member and associate professor in the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training at the University of South Carolina. Her research focus is eating disorders and body image in female collegiate athletes.

Throughout the last decade, cheerleading youth squads have become more competitive, vigorous and athletic. Cheerleading, regardless of level, has developed to greater physical demands and advanced skills (e.g., tumbling, building pyramids and tossing). This has been associated with increases in catastrophic musculoskeletal injuries and other health hazards, such as increased risk of disorders related to the female athlete triad syndrome. Several epidemiological studies have tracked and categorized these injuries in youth cheerleading. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported a 400% increase in clinic emergency visits for cheerleading injuries from 1980-2007 (4,954 vs. 26,786). Shields and Smith (2009) point to most of these injuries occurring in practice (85%) and mainly among high school cheerleaders (51%), rather than in those at the collegiate level.
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Coalition Co-Created By ACSM Celebrates Breakthrough for Student Athletes With Disabilities
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Six years nearly to the day after ACSM launched the Inclusive Fitness Coalition with the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (now the National Center on Physical Activity, Health and Disability) as co-founder, advocates applauded a landmark pronouncement from the U.S. Dept. of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

Following a lengthy process of review and development including guidance from the Inclusive Fitness Coalition, the Lakeshore Foundation and others, the OCR issued guidance clarifying schools’ responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehab Act) to provide athletic opportunities for students with disabilities. The guidance, in the form of a Dear Colleague letter, “provides an overview of the obligations of public elementary and secondary schools under Section 504 and the Department’s Section 504 regulations, cautions against making decisions based on presumptions and stereotypes, details the specific Section 504 regulations that require students with disabilities to have an equal opportunity for participation in nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities, and discusses the provision of separate or different athletic opportunities.”
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Policy Corner: Be Part of ACSM's First Capitol Hill Day
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ACSM has strengthened and toned its advocacy program in recent years, and policy makers and other influencers have taken notice. March 12-13 marks a big step forward, as ACSM holds its first annual Capitol Hill Day. In partnership with the Sports and Fitness Industry Association, the event will present ACSM members with the opportunity to interact with elected leaders and staff on issues that are central to the ACSM agenda, such as legislation establishing regular review of federal physical activity guidelines.

We will start with a preparation session in the evening of Tuesday, March 12, and then spend the following day on the Hill meeting with members of Congress and staff. Participants cover their own transportation and lodging; some meals are provided.

We are excited about the opportunity to increase ACSM's grassroots presence on Capitol Hill. However, space is limited. If you would like to participate, or if you would like more information, please contact Monte Ward, ACSM’s vice president for government relations, at mward@acsm.org.

The Role of Member-Advocates
ACSM members represent a gamut of expertise, from scientists to physicians to educators and health-and-fitness professionals. Each brings unique insights and perspectives to help policy makers and staffs inform their decisions. It is important that we communicate those perspectives to our elected leaders. You do not have to be a political expert in order to participate. You need only a desire to advocate for those issues that impact us all as ACSM members. If you want to help influence the dialogue on important issues—and particularly if you live within easy traveling distance of Washington—please consider this stimulating and enjoyable way to make a difference.


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Don't Miss Free Online Content from Current Sports Medicine Reports
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The January/February 2013 issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports is now available online. Check out the two free featured articles at www.acsm-csmr.org. The featured articles for this issue include “Return to Play After Cervical Spine Injury in Sports,” by Robert Cantu, MD, FACS, FACSM; Yan Michael Li, MD, PhD; Mohamed Abdulhamid, MD; and Lawrence S. Chin, MD, FACS and “Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy,” by Juneyoung Yi, MD; David J. Padalino, MD; Lawrence S. Chin, MD, FACS; Philip Montenegro, BS; and Robert C. Cantu, MD, FACS, FACSM. The articles are available for free until March 10, so download them today.

Current Sports Medicine Reports is the official clinical review journal of ACSM and is written specifically for ACSM physician members to provide a thorough review of the most current sports medicine literature. ACSM physician members receive an online subscription to this journal as a member benefit.

Interested in print? ACSM members can purchase a print subscription of Current Sports Medicine Reports for only $15 per year. Contact ACSM Membership at 317.637.9200 x309 or email membership@acsm.org for details.


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Call for Proposals: NCAA Research Committee 2013 Graduate Student Research Grant Program
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The NCAA Research Committee is pleased to announce the 2013 NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant Program. The program's goals are: (1) to stimulate research on college athletics; (2) to foster contributions to the empirical research on college athletics; (3) to provide financial support to graduate students interested in engaging in high-quality research related to college athletics, and (4) to assist NCAA-member institutions and the general public in gaining access to new, outstanding research in this field.

Award Details
The research grant is set at a maximum of $7,500 for one-year projects. Total funding will be provided upon approval of the proposal. In most cases, awardees may choose whether to have funds sent directly to them or to their institutions. Institutions may not charge indirect costs. Grant recipients will be provided with an expense-paid trip to the annual NCAA Research Committee meeting to present their research proposal and will have the opportunity to interact with and receive feedback from the committee and NCAA staff members. The research is expected to be culminated in an article suitable for publication in a scholarly journal, or in a completed master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation. Recipients will also be expected to submit a brief summary of the research that is suitable for publication on the NCAA website and/or the NCAA Champion magazine in addition to a final paper.

Eligibility
Research grants are available for graduate students only and are intended to support the student while conducting research to be used for a doctoral dissertation, master’s thesis, or external publication in a scholarly journal. To be eligible for funding, students must be enrolled in graduate school at an NCAA member institution.

Submission Rules & Deadline
All grant materials should be electronically submitted via email with the subject line ‘Grant Submission’ and all materials attached in PDF form. Please submit materials to Dr. Tiese Roxbury (troxbury@ncaa.org) by August 11, 2013 by 11:59 p.m. More information is available on the NCAA website.
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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.


White House: Schools Must Be Open to the Disabled
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The Obama administration for the first time is telling school districts across the U.S. that they must give disabled students equal access to extracurricular sports, a move that advocates say has been years in the making.

In a letter to schools, Acting Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Seth Galanter of the Department of Education says schools should provide "reasonable modifications" to allow disabled students to participate – for instance, providing a deaf track athlete with a flashing light that goes off simultaneously with the starter pistol that others hear.
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A Timeout Jeered Round the World
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When the world’s top-ranked female tennis player was examined on the court and then granted a medical timeout Thursday during her semifinal match at the Australian Open, the howling commenced immediately. Skeptical fans at Rod Laver Arena and those watching on television worldwide were convinced that the player, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, was suffering from nothing more than an attack of nerves and perhaps faked an injury to collect herself after losing several crucial points.

After her 10-minute reprieve — six minutes of it off the court — Azarenka closed out a 6-1, 6-4 victory. A sport that in recent years has dealt with loudly grunting players and accusations of match fixing is now facing another vexation: determining what constitutes a real injury.
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