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Active Voice: How Feet Withstand Effects of Long-Distance Walking
Last Day of Early Registration for Annual Meeting, World Congress
ACSM Position Stand Named Most Popular Piece of 2010
Policy Corner: NIH Seeks Comments on Awards Program by March 18
Membership Benefit Upgrade: Literature Update Service Redesign Coming Soon
ACSM Leader Takes Helm of Joint Commission
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Active Voice: How Feet Withstand Effects of Long-Distance Walking
By Niki Stolwijk, M.Sc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Niki Stolwijk, M.Sc., is a physical therapist now completing her Ph.D. at the Sint Maartenskliniek, a hospital in the Netherlands that specializes in orthopedics, rehabilitation and rheumatology. Her research focuses on the development and treatment of common foot complaints from a biomechanical perspective. This commentary presents Stolwijk’s views associated with the research article she and her colleagues published in the Dec. 2010 Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®.

The popularity of long-distance walking and marching events has increased rapidly over the past few decades. One of the most famous marching events is the Nijmegen Four Day March, which has more than 40,000 participants walking between 30 and 50 km each day. Imagine how your feet would feel after taking approximately 300,000 steps in four days. As this is what a long-distance walk participant does, it is not surprising that many of these walkers develop foot and ankle injuries.

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Last Day of Early Registration for Annual Meeting, World Congress
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Register by Mar. 9 and get the best deal of the year on your registration for the 58th ACSM Annual Meeting and 2nd World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®! Through the end of the day tomorrow, you can get the early bird price for these two educational, scientific meetings.

Full access to both meetings is included in your registration. The World Congress features hands-on, practical-application workshops, perfectly complimented by the research presented at the ACSM Annual Meeting.

ACSM Position Stand Named Most Popular Piece of 2010
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Lippincott Williams & Wilkins – publisher of ACSM’s journals, including Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise – announced that an ACSM Position Stand was its most popular online article in 2010.

ACSM’s 2009 Position Stand on “Appropriate Physical Activity Intervention Strategies for Weight Loss and Prevention of Weight Regain for Adults” received 50,996 full-text views last year, more than any other article on the LWW online journal platform, which hosts about 200 journals. Thanks to Dr. Joseph Donnelly and his team for putting together this well-read Position Stand.

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Policy Corner: NIH Seeks Comments on Awards Program by March 18
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The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), of which ACSM is a member, provides the following notification of a request from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

NIH issued a request for information to collect input on its Early Independence Award Program, which is intended to support exceptional junior investigators who wish to pursue independent research positions directly after completing their terminal research degree (skipping the postdoc). Responses will be accepted through March 18, 2011.

For more information:
Request for information
Website to submit comments
Early Independence Award Program


Membership Benefit Upgrade: Literature Update Service Redesign Coming Soon
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ACSM InfoSearch, a long-time member benefit, is being redesigned with many new features and benefits. The upgraded service will launch early this month with major improvements to the Weekly Literature Update you receive each Friday by e-mail and to the ACSM InfoSearch website.

The mission of ACSM InfoSearch is to provide you with the most important and meaningful literature you need as quickly as possible. This upgrade delivers that information in an even more efficient, focused way.

ACSM InfoSearch includes:
  • Personalized weekly e-mail that quickly summarizes the latest journal article abstracts and citations from Medline® that are important to you. We serve your information needs in two ways:
    • You tell us the topics you’re interested in, and we do the weekly searches and deliver the results directly to you.
    • You can use our revolutionary search tools for Medline to quickly zero in on the journal literature of most interest to you.
  • Direct links to free full-text articles.
  • The only literature service that combines Medline updates with comprehensive news and reviews of print and electronic books in the health sciences from Doody’s Review Service™.
  • A time-saving way to stay current with the medical literature so you can direct your energy to what matters most to you – the care of your patients or your research initiatives.
For more information, visit the Doody’s Views Blog for stimulating discussions of interesting topics in health care.

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ACSM Leader Takes Helm of Joint Commission
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Last month, several ACSM leaders attended the annual meeting of the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine and Science (JCSMS) in Philadelphia. ACSM’s Executive Vice President, Jim Whitehead, served as program chair for the meeting, at which he became chair of the board of directors.

JCSMS is a collaborative of more than 40 organizations, including ACSM. Several ACSM goals and initiatives, including sports concussion, boxing and mixed martial arts, technology, obesity and the National Physical Activity Plan, were featured in educational sessions at the meeting.


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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.

Getting to the Heart of Cardio Fitness Matters
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Health and fitness experts agree that aerobic exercise, whether accomplished by treadmill, bicycle or sidewalk, is the workout way to take good care of your heart.

But they say increasing evidence shows weight, or resistance, training and flexibility also have their parts to play.

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NFL Installs Standardized Concussion Evaluation Guidelines for 2011
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Editor’s Note: ACSM and the NFL have worked closely on the issues surrounding sports concussions. In January, the two teamed up to form the National Coalition on Youth Sport Concussion, advocating for each state in the U.S. to pass effective concussion laws.

New standardized concussion evaluation guidelines are coming to NFL sidelines next season.

The league's Head, Neck and Spine committee announced the new concussion assessment protocol at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday. The revised guidelines combine a symptom checklist, cognitive evaluation, neurologic examination and a balance assessment, and are derived from a sideline protocol developed by the international Concussion in Sport group, which last met in 2008 in Zurich.

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