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Active Voice: Fighting Osteoporosis – The Best Defense is a Good Offense!
ESSR’s April 2012 Issue Now Online
Policy Corner: FASEB Releases New NIH State Factsheets
Make a Donation to the ACSM Silent Auction
ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition Under Way in Las Vegas
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Active Voice: Fighting Osteoporosis — The Best Defense is a Good Offense!
By Kathy Gunter, Ph.D.    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.

Kathy Gunter, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences and a Specialist with the Extension Family and Community Health Program at Oregon State University. Her research focuses on physical activity as a strategy to prevent and manage chronic disease across the lifespan, with emphasis on the effects of targeted physical activity on skeletal health. This commentary presents Dr. Gunter’s views associated with the review article that she and her colleagues, Kathleen Janz, Ed.D., FACSM, and Hawley Almstedt, Ph.D., R.D., published in the January 2012 issue of Exercise and Sport Science Reviews (ESSR).

Physical inactivity in childhood is a known antecedent to childhood obesity and numerous chronic conditions, such as poor cardiovascular and metabolic health. Rarely is inactivity in childhood touted as a significant contributor to osteoporosis, a disease typical of old age. In 2012, ample evidence suggests that physical activity undertaken in childhood, particularly during the elementary school years, may be the best defense against skeletal frailty in later life.

In the January 2012 issue of Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, we present evidence supporting the importance of targeted physical activity programs and everyday physical activity to optimal skeletal development. The evidence overwhelmingly indicates that the pre- and early pubertal years represent a “window of opportunity” within which the growing skeleton is particularly responsive to physical activity – the effect of which is to add bone mineral in a manner that substantially increases bone’s strength. And, perhaps most important, these benefits seem to persist into adulthood.

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ESSR's April 2012 Issue Now Online
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The April 2012 issue of Exercise and Sport Sciences Reports (ESSR) is now posted online and this issue is chock full of great articles. Don’t miss, “What We Can Learn About Running From Barefoot Running: An Evolutionary Medical Perspective” from Daniel E. Lieberman, PhD, it is especially informative given the recent focus on barefoot versus shod running. The Commentary to Accompany and Journal Club discussion questions by Walter Herzog, PhD, will help broaden your understanding of this topic. Act now to download this article for free from the ESSR website (available through 6/21/12). Professional members* have access to all previously selected articles as part of their membership.

*ACSM members should first log in to the ACSM website and find the link to the journal from the “Access My Journals” link. Once on the journal website, go to the Topical Collection Journal Club to access the articles.

Policy Corner: FASEB Releases New NIH State Factsheets
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The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), of which ACSM is a member society, has released a new series of factsheets describing the importance of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding to each state. Available on FASEB’s website, each factsheet includes NIH funding by congressional district, a summary of the institutional and commercial biomedical research profile for the state, and an overview of the role of NIH support in advancing research accomplishments. In addition, the factsheets feature talking points summarizing how investment in NIH research benefits local economies through job creation, improved health of citizens, and promoting innovation. More

28th annual SCAN Symposium

April 20-22, 2012
Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD
Join experts in nutrition for sports and performance, cardiovascular health, wellness, and disordered eating.
17 CPEUs available for ACSM members

Make a Donation to the ACSM Silent Auction
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Each year, the ACSM Foundation’s Silent Auction raises crucial funds for the College’s research grant program. You can support the future of sports medicine and exercise science through a donation to the Silent Auction, which will take place at the 59th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA on May 29 - June 2, 2012.

What can you donate? Anything of value to ACSM members in their personal and professional lives – signed memorabilia, sports equipment, trips, etc. Use your university and corporate contacts to support your contribution to the Foundation. Have an item to donate? Submit this form by April 6 or contact Stacey Holdaway at sholdaway@acsm.org.

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ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition Under Way in Las Vegas
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Health & fitness practitioners, proponents and prophets have converged on Las Vegas for this week’s 16th ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition, running through Friday, March 30 at the Paris Las Vegas. With pre-conferences on nutrition, cycling, worksite health promotion – and the new Exercise is Medicine® credential – and sessions covering the gamut from weight loss to high-performance conditioning, this year’s program is as robust as ever.

Attendees will hear keynotes from:
  • John Porcari, Ph.D., FACSM: “Gizmos, Gadgets and Snake Oil: Separating Fact from Fiction in the Exercise Industry”
  • Shannon Miller, America’s most decorated gymnast: “Competing with Cancer”
  • Tara Costa, national ambassador for Exercise is Medicine: “’The Biggest Loser’ Experience and Creating/Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle”
If you can’t participate in person, follow the Summit Twitter feed at www.acsmsummit.org or see the news releases posted daily at www.acsm.org/news.

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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.

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I Was Going to Exercise But ...
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The American Council on Exercise calls these "fitness saboteurs," and whether these annoyances are big or little, they can easily prevent a well-intentioned exerciser from getting a workout in.

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Football in the Heat: GHSA Places Restrictions on Summer Practice
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The Georgia High School Association’s new statewide regulations in regard to football practice has drawn mixed reviews from coaches on the local level, with some welcoming the changes while others are opposed to the decision reached at Monday’s semiannual meeting of the executive committee in Macon.

The changes come on the heels of a three-year study conducted by the University of Georgia, led by Dr. Michael Ferrara and his research team, where they used a sample pool of 25 Georgia high schools to gain scientific data about levels of heat and how it relates to activity and illness.

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