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Active Voice: NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance - The Concussion Assessment, Research
  and Education (CARE) Consortium
ACSM 2015 Election Information
Return to Play/Return to Learn: View Webinar About State Concussion
  Policy & Student-Athletes
Students: Sign Up Now to Volunteer at ACSM's Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition
Genomics, Genetics and Exercise Biology: A Celebratory Symposium
ACSM in the News: Stories Making Headlines


Active Voice: NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance - The Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium
By Steven Broglio Ph.D., ATC, FACSM; Thomas W. McAllister, M.D.; and Michael McCrea, Ph.D.
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Steven Broglio Ph.D., ATC, FACSM, is an associate professor of kinesiology and director of the NeuroSport Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His research is focused on improving athlete health and safety through the prevention, early recognition and management of sport- related concussions. He currently is investigating the biomechanics of concussion in high school athletes and the acute and chronic outcomes following injury. Also, he recently chaired the writing group for the National Athletic Trainers’ Position Statement on the Management of Sport Concussion.

Thomas W. McAllister, M.D., is the Albert Eugene Sterne professor and chairman of the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry. Dr. McAllister has been working in the field of brain injury recovery more than 25 years. He has written widely on the neuropsychiatric sequelae of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and has been the principal investigator of several grants focused on the biomechanical basis of concussion and effects of concussion on brain structure and function in contact sport athletes.

Michael McCrea, Ph.D., is professor of neurosurgery and neurology and director of brain injury research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is a research neuropsychologist at the Clement Zablocki Veterans Administration Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. McCrea is board-certified in clinical neuropsychology and is past president of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN). He has been an active researcher in the neurosciences, with numerous scientific publications, book chapters and national and international lectures on the topic of TBI.

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ACSM 2015 Election Information
Please plan to take part in ACSM's annual election, and make your voice heard for your profession. This morning, members who are eligible to vote should have received information announcing the open date for the 2015 election. This is your opportunity to help shape ACSM's leadership and priorities for the years ahead. Please take a moment to meet your candidates and review their platforms on advancing the important work of the college. If you did not receive an email with information on how to vote as well as your unique username and password, please contact Chris Sawyer at
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Return to Play/Return to Learn: View Webinar About State Concussion Policy & Student-Athletes
In its continuing focus on youth sports health and safety, ACSM has partnered with the National Association of State Boards of Education to create an educational webinar entitled "State Concussion Policy & Student-Athletes." The program features the expertise of Stanley A. Herring, M.D., FACSM and Gerard Gioia, Ph.D., FACSM, who are ACSM members, global leaders and authorities in brain and spinal injuries. Herring and Gioia will be joined by Vanessa Wigand, principal specialist for health, physical and driver education at the Virginia Department of Education.

Drs. Herring and Gioia explain how to identify if a student-athlete has sustained a concussion, what steps to take if the student-athlete does have a concussion and what is required for student-athletes to recover properly before they return to the field and classroom. Additionally, Wigand discusses her experience on concussions and return-to-play-and-learn policies implemented in Virginia. States across the nation can benefit from implementing similar policies that help prevent student-athletes from sustaining concussions or keeping them from becoming active too early.

Led by Kimberly Charis, NASBE's project director for the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, the State Concussion Policy & Student-Athletes webinar is an invaluable tool for policymakers, educators, coaches, parents and student-athletes around the country. To view the webinar, click here.

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Students: Sign Up Now to Volunteer at ACSM's Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition
ACSM depends on student volunteers to help with vital components of its larger meetings. We are looking for reliable, hard-working and organized students who are attending ACSM's Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition to assist with the registration area, student help desk, logistics and other areas during the summit.

Student volunteers will receive half off of their registration, reimbursed post-meeting for completing a total of four units. There are two seven-unit slots available where students will receive fully reimbursed registration post-meeting. If you have any questions, please email Danielle Davis at

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Genomics, Genetics and Exercise Biology: A Celebratory Symposium
ACSM is a presenting partner of Genomics, Genetics and Exercise Biology: A Celebratory Symposium, which will be held May 14-17 in Santorini, Greece. The event is aimed at developing new "omics" technologies (including genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and proteomics) with particular applications in sports medicine and sport science, including anti-doping. The symposium will review the most significant findings in the technologies listed above and explore future trends and possibilities, including development of a position stand. ACSM Fellow Claude Bouchard, Ph.D., is one of several noted speakers on the program. For more information or to register, please visit
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ACSM in the News includes recent stories featuring the college and its members as subject matter experts. ACSM is a recognized leader among national and international media and a trusted source on sports medicine and exercise science topics. Because these stories are written by the media, they do not necessarily reflect ACSM statements, views or endorsements. These stories are meant to share coverage of ACSM with members and inform them about what the public is reading and hearing about the field.

Expert: More Realistic Physical Activity Targets Needed
British Medical Journal via ScienceDaily
Physical activity guidelines should focus on getting inactive people to do a little activity rather than strive for the entire population to meet the current target of 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, say experts today.

Too much sitting has been shown to increase the risk of chronic diseases, particularly diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer. Current guidelines suggest adults do 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week, but more than a third of adults worldwide are sufficiently inactive.

Furthermore, the proportion of time spent being inactive rises with age: from 55 percent at 20-29 years, to 67 percent in those aged 70-79 years.

Two articles published in The BMJ recently argue that the 150 minute target is beyond the reach of some, especially older people, and say we should be promoting the benefits of small increases in daily physical activity rather than focusing on meeting current recommendations.

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The More we Move the More we Improve
The Huffington Post
Research related to exercise over the past decade has been very clear and consistent — the more we exercise the lower our risk of nearly all diseases. Simply put: The more we move, the more we improve.

This doesn't mean that just spending an hour a day at the gym counts. A recent report published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that sedentary behavior may diminish or nearly eliminate the benefits we get from even an hour a day of exercise. The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) also highlights current research on sedentary behavior. "At the basic-science level, it appears that there are unique physiological processes and pathways associated with sedentary behavior, particularly prolonged sitting," said Neville Owen, Ph.D., the lead presenter of the study. "These are some promising studies that point to what is likely to be a unique 'sedentary physiology,' which is distinct from what is known about the physiological processes generated by working muscle."

Science is showing us that it's not just about burning calories and elevating our heart rates. It's about our overall way of living and moving. It's just as important to break up periods in which you sit or inactive periods, even if it's a minute or five to stretch or walk around. "Healy's research has identified the importance of breaking up sitting time," said Owen. "People who stand up and simply move around more have healthier blood fat and blood glucose levels than those whose sitting time is not broken up by these transitions."

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