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Q&A: Exercise is Medicine® – Past, Present and Future of the Initiative President’s
ACSM Congratulates Newest Fellows
Slippery Rock University Wins EIM Active U Challenge
Policy Corner: Concussion Laws Passed in 22 States
EIM Continues Globalization with Launch of European Regional Center
Join the Committee on Evidence-Based Practice and Scientific Affairs
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Q&A: Exercise is Medicine® — Past, Present and Future of the Initiative
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Robert E. Sallis, M.D., FACSM, is a Past-President of ACSM and chair of the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) Task Force. He originated the EIM concept and has been its leading advocate from the beginning. As chair, Dr. Sallis coordinates content planning for the EIM World Congress, the second of which will be held in conjunction with the 58th ACSM Annual Meeting in Denver from May 31 - June 4. Dr. Sallis graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and earned an M.D. from Texas A&M University. He completed his residency in the department of family medicine at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana, Calif., where he has continued his medical career and now co-directs their sports medicine fellowship training program. Since 1988, he has been head team physician at Pomona College. Dr. Sallis is the founding editor-in-chief of ACSM's Current Sports Medicine Reports journal.

In recognition of May as Exercise is Medicine Month, SMB invited Dr. Sallis to share his perspective on the past, present and future of this major ACSM initiative. “Enlisting every medical care provider in making physical activity assessment and exercise prescription an integral part of every patient's health care” is fundamental to the EIM vision (for background, see the Exercise is Medicine website). A key event at the Inaugural World Congress on Exercise is Medicine in 2010 was the announcement of the EIM Global Charter (see current charter), calling for multi-national, multi-organizational efforts to bring a physical activity and exercise focus to improve the health of patients around the globe, in both traditional and non-traditional health care settings.

Q&A questions include:
  • Can you share your thoughts on how EIM originated and how it developed?
  • What have been the keys to the success of EIM thus far?
  • What are current and future priorities to move EIM forward successfully? More

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ACSM Congratulates Newest Fellows
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ACSM is pleased to welcome 33 new Fellows to the College this year. These members have achieved a high level of service within ACSM, and the College looks forward to their continued contributions.

Sofiya Alhassan, Ph.D.
David Allen, Ph.D.
Damian Bailey, Ph.D.
Timothy Behrens, Ph.D.
James Betts, Ph.D.
Steven Blivin, M.D.
Raymond Browning, Ph.D.
Kyle Cassas, M.D.
Scott Collier, Ph.D.
Patricia Deuster, Ph.D.
Kevin deWeber, M.D.
Katrina DuBose, Ph.D.
Yoram Epstein, Ph.D.
Alvaro Gurovich, Ph.D.
Karyn Hamilton, R.D., Ph.D.
Glyn Howatson, Ph.D.
Daniel Judelson, Ph.D.
Alan Jung, Ph.D.
Shawn Kane, M.D.
Minsoo Kang, Ph.D.
Chad Kerksick, Ph.D.
Riggs Klika, Ph.D.
Chia-Hau Kuo, Ph.D.
Meir Magal, Ph.D.
George Stephen Morris, Ph.D.
Gregory Myer, Ph.D.
Phillip Page, Ph.D.
Jeremy Patterson, Ph.D.
John Petrella, Ph.D.
Edward Phillips, M.D.
Peter Ronai, M.S.
J. Carson Smith, Ph.D.
David Weldy, M.D., Ph.D.

Interested in becoming an ACSM Fellow? Click here for the requirements and application.

Slippery Rock University Wins EIM Active U Challenge
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Exercise is Medicine on Campus is excited to announce the winner of the inaugural Active U Challenge – Slippery Rock University! Slippery Rocky University’s program included exercise prescriptions from the student health and counseling centers, individualized programs guided by exercise science students and exercise clubs for students, faculty and staff. The program also showed students that getting your daily dose of physical activity can be fun, giving away EIM on Campus t-shirts to people caught exercising and organizing a Zumba flash mob!

The Active U Challenge review committee was impressed by all the submissions and congratulates all applicants for their work promoting physical activity and health.

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Policy Corner: Concussion Laws Passed in 22 States
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The signing of a concussion law in Indiana signaled a big step toward protecting youth athletes in ACSM’s home state. Nineteen states now have enacted laws based on Washington State’s seminal Zackery Lystedt Law, with three more passed and ready for gubernatorial signature (see update.)

The ACSM-led National Coalition on Youth Sport Concussion, whose 30 member organizations now include Major League Soccer and the National Hockey League, continues to work with the National Football League and other partners to pass effective concussion laws state by state. Widely embraced by sports organizations, educators, medical societies and other groups, these laws are receiving editorial praise for their potential to protect youth athletes from the catastrophic effects of concussion.

EIM Continues Globalization with Launch of European Regional Center
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Continuing the globalization launched at the Inaugural World Congress on Exercise is Medicine, representatives from nine countries met in Cascais, Portugal last month to launch the European Regional Center for EIM. EIM chair Robert Sallis, M.D., EIM International Committee chair Jim Skinner, Ph.D., and EIM vice president Adrian Hutber were joined by representatives from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sweden, Norway and Hungary.

The meeting focused on responsibilities of the European Regional Center, coordination between the center and the National Task Forces and ways the center can support EIM implementation in interested European countries. Attendees voted to establish the European Regional Center in Germany. This center joins other Regional Centers in the EIM Global Network, including the Latin American Regional Center in Bogota, Colombia; the Australian Regional Center in Brisbane, Australia; and the North American Regional Center in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Join the Committee on Evidence-Based Practice and Scientific Affairs
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ACSM is moving forward on its commitment to ensuring our professional practice and scholarly outputs are evidence-based and of the highest quality. We have formed the Committee on Evidence-Based Practice and Scientific Affairs, and we are looking for as many as six enthusiastic, dedicated members with experience in evidence-based methods to join the group. Members serving on this committee do not need to be Fellows. A combination of early-career professionals and senior researchers with experience in evidence-based methods (including systematic reviews) is desired, and up to two graduate students will be appointed to serve. Once formalized, the committee will organize, oversee and prioritize an evidence library to be developed that summarizes sports medicine and exercise science research in relation to best practice. The outcomes of this evidence library, in turn, will inform future ACSM Pronouncements. Committee members will work with ACSM staff and leaders to formalize procedures for this group, which will begin as an ad hoc committee.

To be considered as an inaugural member of this committee, please submit a four-page curriculum vitae and a short statement describing your expertise and interest in evidence-based practice and/or scholarship by June 13, 2011 to Lori Tobin at ltobin@acsm.org.

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.

Want a Better Workout? Don't Stretch Before
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Want a better workout? Then don't stretch beforehand, some experts say.

Many people take it for granted that they should start their exercise routines with some stretching on the spot, perhaps hoping it will loosen them up for their workout. Most fitness experts now agree this kind of static stretching before exercise is not just counter-productive, but potentially harmful.

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New York Yoga Plus-Sizes the Pleasures of Yoga
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