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Active Voice: Good fitness prevents overweight men from atherogenic lipid profile
ACSM Position Stands: Influential, Evolving
May Celebrates Physical Activity
Policy Corner: Glimpse into a National Legislative Movement- Action Needed in Ohio
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Active Voice: Good fitness prevents overweight men from atherogenic lipid profile
By Jussi Kosola, M.D. and Tommi Vasankari, M.D., 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.

Dr. Jussi Kosola is a researcher at the Department of Health and Exercise, Turku University. His scientific interests relate to understanding human lipid metabolism, especially oxidized LDL physiology and body composition. Also, of the relationship of physical fitness to atherosclerosis is a major part of his upcoming Ph.D. thesis.

Tommi Vasankari, M.D., Ph.D., is a director at the UKK Institute for the Health Promotion Research, Tampere, Finland. He also works as a part-time research professor at the National Institute of Health and Welfare. His main research interests include lipid metabolism, especially oxidized lipoprotein lipids, in exercise and dietary intervention. He currently is engaged in studies concerning physical activity and physical fitness in population settings. This commentary presents Dr. Kosola’s and Dr. Vasankari’s views on the topic of a research article which they and their colleagues published in the April 2012 issue of
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise®, “Good aerobic and muscular fitness prevents overweight men from elevated oxidized LDL.”

Fatness is a megatrend all over the world and it leads to several serious diseases, including cardiovascular disease. Poor lipid profile is one of the health problems which are also closely related with overweight and obesity. Modern medicine has generated several effective interventions to treat the health problems related to obesity. That is also the case for a poor lipid profile, but the problem is that the most effective medications also have serious side effects. This has underlined the importance of lifestyle interventions to treat mild dyslipidemia. Physical activity which improves physical fitness may be an effective way to treat atherogenic lipid profile.

ACSM Position Stands: Influential, Evolving
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A body of pronouncements that serve as authoritative reference documents will become even more definitive, as ACSM continues to strengthen the process that produces the College’s Position Stands – official statements of ACSM on topics related to sports medicine and exercise science. All current ACSM Position Stands and Joint Position Statements are free to the public online.

The recent hiring of an evidence methods specialist – Lynette Craft, Ph.D., of Northwestern University, as announced in last weeks’ SMB – is one step in a comprehensive approach to enhance ACSM’s leadership in the scientific evidence of the field. This signals the further evolution of ACSM Position Stands, making them an even more authoritative resource for health professionals, the media, the public and policy-makers. The evolving evidence-based process will allow regular review of ACSM Position Stands to ensure that they reflect the latest research. Revision of any Position Stand will begin with a comprehensive review of the literature and will include independent experts to referee the process.

Part of an ongoing discussion
Pronouncements from ACSM, like those of other responsible professional societies, undergo review and revision to reflect the latest knowledge. They are touchstones and reference sources for clinicians and scientists, whose publications may in turn influence future iterations of the pronouncements themselves.

Case in point: A new book on sports and hydration – “Waterlogged: The Serious Problem of Overhydration in Endurance Sports” by Tim Noakes, M.D., Sc.D. – underscores concerns about excessive hydration and risks of hyponatremia that were expressed in the 2007 ACSM “Position Stand on Exercise and Fluid Replacement.” While there are points of agreement, the book also takes exception to parts of the fluid replacement Position Stand. Such editorial comments will be considered as part of the evolving, state-of-the-art approach to producing evidence-based papers that are the most authoritative, reliable and objective sources of information.

While ACSM’s ongoing commitment to science and evidence is manifested in many ways, its Position Stands are likely to remain the most visible and influential. Look for updates in future issues of SMB.


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May Celebrates Physical Fitness
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Physical activity is on everyone’s calendar this month! May marks several physical activity awareness campaigns, including:

Exercise is Medicine® Month was launched in 2008 to celebrate May as the special recognition month for EIM and as a time for health care providers, fitness professionals, the public, and supporting organizations and constituents to recognize, emphasize and celebrate the valuable health benefits of exercise on a national scale.
  • Exercise and physical activity are important to health and the prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases.
  • More should be done to address physical activity and exercise in health care settings.
  • Multi-organizational efforts to bring a greater focus on physical activity and exercise in health care settings are encouraged.
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, sponsored by the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN), engages, educates, and empowers Americans across the lifespan to adopt a healthy lifestyle that includes regular physical activity and proper nutrition. May is a great time to earn the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA), which is a six-week program is designed to motivate participants to be physically active. See the Presidential Proclamation for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.

Project ACES, All Children Exercising Simultaneously, was celebrated May 2, but the program encourages exercise and healthy living all year long. Project ACES offers fitness suggestions for your family to incorporate into their daily life, or you can start a Project ACES club in your community.

Policy Corner: Glimpse into a National Legislative Movement- Action Needed in Ohio
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ACSM members in Ohio – and other Buckeyes who want to help protect youth athletes – can have a role in helping pass a good bill that has bogged down. HB143, based on the Washington State’s seminal Zackery Lystedt Law, needs to move soon in the face of legislative deadlines.

As a caring professional who lives, works and votes in Ohio, your opinion will be noted. Please consider a letter to the editor of your local newspaper (most have contact information on their websites) or a message to your elected leaders in the Ohio General Assembly. Please send a copy to policy@acsm.org, and let us know if you need contact information or other guidance.

It’s most effective to make the message your own, but here’s sample language that you can adapt to address either editors or legislators.

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First time attendees at Annual Meeting- helpful video
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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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Study: Autograft ACL repair better in young athletes
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A new study suggests young athletes who need knee ligament surgery do better over the long run when their own tissue is used for the reconstruction procedure, rather than tissue from a donor.

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) connects the upper and lower leg bones and helps stabilize the knee. It gets the most use in athletes who play a sport such as basketball that involves quick cuts and changes in direction.

Those athletes are also the most likely to suffer a torn ACL -- the same injury that took down Chicago Bulls player Derrick Rose in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs last weekend.

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Healthy living for cancer survivors
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The American Cancer Society (ACS) released new guidelines today, with advice especially aimed at cancer survivors seeking help about avoiding the return of the disease, or hoping to protect family members from their own plight. The ACS recommendations are pretty straight forward, although many of us find it hard to implement and maintain them.

Volumes of research has shown that physically active, non smokers, who maintain a healthy lifestyle and eat a diet of more fruits, vegetables and grains, are far less likely to suffer from cancer than those with less healthy lifestyles. Alcohol consumption is also red flagged. Those following their recommendations also benefit from decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.

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