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In this issue:

Q&A: The International Paralympic Movement – Needs, Athletes and Research Opportunities
ACSM Issues Statement on Japan Tragedy
Cast Your Vote Online for ACSM’s 2011 Officers
Policy Corner: HHS Report Shows Health Care Improvements, Gaps, Disparities
ESSR Offers Discussion Tool
ACSM Celebrates Women’s History Month
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Q&A: The International Paralympic Movement — Needs, Athletes and Research Opportunities
By Yves C. Vanlandewijck, Ph.D., and Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM
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Dr. Vanlandewijck is chair of the sports science committee of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the global governing body for the Paralympics Movement. Dr. Thompson also serves on IPC’s sports science committee.

ACSM has an established partnership with the IPC, the purpose of which is to identify areas of common interest and promote new scientific and clinical discovery. Founded in 1989, the IPC organizes the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games for nine sports and coordinates other events, such as world championships for disabled athletes. The IPC has grown to include 165 member nations and is organized to advance the vision and mission of the Paralympics Movement. ACSM has an established partnership with the IPC, the purpose of which is to identify areas of common interest and promote new scientific and clinical discovery.

In this Q&A with Sports Medicine Bulletin, Drs. Vanlandewijck and Thompson shared some of their views on the Paralympic Movement. They emphasized activities related to their sports science committee, which works to promote advancement of science and medical care in areas affecting the athletes. The IPC holds a conference every three to four years to exchange knowledge on the latest developments in these areas. Their VISTA 2011 Conference will be held during the first week of September in Bonn, Germany.

Q&A questions include:
  • The goal of the IPC is to establish conditions for athletes to perform at their best and create safe and fair competition. What are the greatest challenges to meeting this goal faced by those who organize the Games?
  • Is a change of identification a possibility? What are the factors leading IPC to consider such a change?
  • What types of exercise and sports medicine research projects were conducted with Paralympic athletes at the recent Beijing and Vancouver Games?
  • Have any of these studies led to any particular rules changes for competition or altered ways in which the athletes train or qualify for events?
  • What research directions affecting the athletes do you see as important for the Paralympic Movement in the near future? more

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ACSM Issues Statement on Japan Tragedy
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The American College of Sports Medicine is deeply saddened to hear of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on Friday. This is a personal tragedy for the individuals and families affected. It is a challenge for those who must rescue and rebuild. It is also a wake-up call to people everywhere, a reminder that life is fragile and that nature, for all its wonder and beauty, can assert itself with terrible fury.

ACSM’s global community of scientists, medical professionals, educators, students and health-and-fitness professionals embraces our colleagues in Japan (about 400 professional members) and unites with sympathy, prayers and compassion for all those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. The College will contribute to an appropriate institution as a step toward recovery, on behalf of all our members and certified professionals whose hearts join with all those affected by this tragedy.

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Cast Your Vote Online for ACSM's 2011 Officers
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Help select ACSM’s future leaders! The 2011 ACSM Officer and Trustee Election opened on Feb. 21 and will remain open until noon on Mar. 31. Members who are eligible to vote should have received an e-mail and a postcard with information on how to vote as well as a unique username and password.

With questions on this year’s election, please contact Chris Sawyer, director of membership and chapter services, at csawyer@acsm.org or at (317) 637-9200 ext. 104.

Policy Corner: HHS Report Shows Health Care Improvements, Gaps, Disparities
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Providers, consumers and funders of the U.S. health care system will find much of interest in a report issued Feb. 28 by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a branch of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). According to agency officials, the annual report finds that “improvements in health care quality continue to progress at a slow rate – about 2.3 percent a year; however, disparities based on race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status and other factors persist at unacceptably high levels.” More

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ESSR Offers Discussion Tool
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Did you know that the Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews (ESSR) website features an article and discussion questions for each new issue? The Jan. 2011 Journal Club covers the article “Effect of Thermal Stress on Cardiac Function” by Thad Wilson and Craig Crandall with questions by Scott Montain.

You can also download previous issues’ articles and questions:
  • “Complex Integrative Morphological and Mechanical Contributions to ACL Injury Risk,” with questions by Scott G. McLean and Mélanie L. Beaulieu.
  • "Nonhomeostatic Control of Human Appetite and Physical Activity in Regulation of Energy Balance" with questions by Barry Braun.
ACSM members should first log in to the ACSM website under “My ACSM.” On the journal website, go to “Topical Collection Journal Club.”


ACSM Celebrates Women's History Month
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In celebration of March as Women’s History Month, ACSM would like to thank the thousands of female members and leaders of the College for their dedication and service. In addition, we’d like to take a moment to highlight some of the work ACSM members are doing to advance women’s causes through selected events and initiatives: More

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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.

Napping on Game Day is Prevalent Among NBA Players
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The All-Star point guard Steve Nash is 37 and knows that decline may come fast at his age. But his solution is not to increase his conditioning or to lift more weights. Instead, he plans to increase his naptime, seizing on an element of NBA life as common as a 3-point shot.

“If you nap every game day, all those hours add up and it allows you to get through the season better,” Nash said. “I want to improve at that, so by the end of the year, I feel better.”

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Getting Active Outside Can Bring Sunshine to Your Winter
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Here's some feel-good, look-better exercise advice from obesity and behavior experts, even for confirmed winter couch potatoes.

Don't wait for spring. Get active now. And if you can, get outside.

Being active through a deep winter, and especially being active outdoors - anything from heart-pumping cross-country skiing to a simple mid day walk - has big payoffs in terms of staving off mild winter depression and weight gain that become virtually epidemic in many parts of the country each February.

Can Exercise Keep You Young?
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We all know that physical activity is beneficial in countless ways, but even so, Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky, a professor of pediatrics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, was startled to discover that exercise kept a strain of mice from becoming gray prematurely.

But shiny fur was the least of its benefits. Indeed, in heartening new research published last week in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, exercise reduced or eliminated almost every detrimental effect of aging in mice that had been genetically programmed to grow old at an accelerated pace.

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