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Active Voice: The Quest for Optimal Nutrition & Minimal GI Distress during Endurance Competitions?
Recognizing the 40th Anniversary of Title IX
Policy Corner: ACSM American Fitness Index—Guiding Community Health Efforts
NCAA seeking Chief Medical Officer
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Active Voice: The Quest for Optimal Nutrition & Minimal GI Distress during Endurance Competitions?
By Asker Jeukendrup, 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. Asker Jeukendrup is one of the world’s leading sports nutritionists. He is currently Global Senior Director of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, where he continues to provide leadership in sports nutrition research and education. His research at the University of Birmingham, UK, where he is a professor, has had significant impact on the field of sports nutrition. In the February issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE), he and his co-investigators presented findings of a descriptive study that investigated nutritional intake and gastro-intestinal complaints of endurance athletes.

It has long been known that carbohydrate intake during prolonged endurance exercise and prevention of dehydration can improve performance. Guidelines have been developed that recommend carbohydrate and fluid intakes. For example, the 2009 ACSM Position Stand on Nutrition and Athletic Performance recommends an intake of 30-60 g CHO/h and a fluid intake to minimize weight loss. More recently, the carbohydrate intake guidelines have been modified and are more specific, recommending higher intakes (up to 90 g/h) for more prolonged exercise (for more, see Jeukendrup 2010 and 2011). It has been questioned whether such high intakes can be achieved by athletes. This may especially be a concern since it has become clear that one of the main challenges the endurance athlete faces in these longer events is gastro-intestinal discomfort and problems. Some studies have suggested a link between nutritional intake before and during races and the prevalence of these GI symptoms.

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Recognizing the 40th Anniversary of Title IX
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June 23rd is a milestone anniversary for female athletes and those who care for and work with them, marking 40 years since Title IX became law. Title IX transformed the landscape of women’s athletics in the United States in 1972 and continues to ensure that girls and women are given the same opportunity to play sports as their male counterparts. Since Title IX was passed, participation in girls’ high school sports has increased 979%, according to the Women’s Sports Foundation. Prior to the law’s passing, women and girls had relatively few opportunities to play sports for their respective educational institutions, limited access to updated equipment and fewer scholarship opportunities.

Through Title IX has helped the United States take great strides toward gender equality in athletics to date, the law continues to create awareness regarding areas of sport of which women still face a disadvantage today. Even though schools are meeting the requirement to offer the same number of sports to both males and female athletes, females still participate at a lower level than males. Also, schools generally commit far more financial resources to sports for male athletes. Title IX is the most transformative policy affecting sport to date and has advanced opportunity for girls’ and women’s athletics tremendously. Even though it was passed 40 years ago and athletics have changed since 1972, Title IX still creates meaningful change in sport and raises the level of awareness surrounding inequality in girls and women’s athletics.

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Policy Corner: ACSM American Fitness Index—Guiding Community Health Efforts
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Imagine an über-hammer that could locate a squeaky floorboard, suggest the right nail, and help you tap it in. The most useful tool is one that can help identify and measure a problem, then help solve it.

Improving overall health, fitness and quality of life in U.S. communities means nailing down quite a few squeaky floorboards—not a simple task, nor one that can be accomplished quickly. Those attacking the problems, though, have a most helpful tool in the ACSM American Fitness IndexTM, which now includes a Technical Assistance Program to help low-ranking metro areas improve health and fitness in their communities. ACSM worked with interested community organizations in Oklahoma City and Indianapolis during the pilot phase (2011), with four additional communities to receive technical assistance in 2012 and another four in 2013, for a total of ten.

The AFI report for 2012—the fifth year of the program—documents that communities can, indeed, take steps to improve their residents’ health habits and access to physical activity. Five communities moved up more than five steps from their 2011 ranking:
  • Nashville, Tenn., Raleigh, N.C., and Riverside, Calif., all improved 10 places from 2011 to 2012.
  • New York went from 30th to 22nd (a gain of eight).
  • Austin, Texas, ranked 10th in 2012 (up from 16th in 2011).
The ACSM American Fitness Index is supported and funded by the Wellpoint Foundation and guided by an advisory board chaired by Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM. Barbara Ainsworth, Ph.D., FACSM, serves as vice-chair of the panel, which comprises numerous other ACSM experts in health and physical activity.

The program’s impact is being felt across the United States as public officials, individuals, and leaders in the private and non-profit sectors use the AFI report to identify ways to improve individual and community health and resources available to implement effective change.

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NCAA Seeks Chief Medical Officer
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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is currently accepting resumes and nominations for the organization’s newly created Chief Medical Officer position. Qualified applicants will have a background as a clinical physician.

The job will be based in Indianapolis at the NCAA national office. The individual selected for the position will be tasked with establishing a health and safety “Center of Excellence” at the NCAA that will serve as a national resource to provide safety, health and medical expertise. The vision for this new Center of Excellence is to:
  • Serve as the principal authority for all student-athlete health conditions, medical care and sports safety issues in support of the NCAA mission;
  • Foster a national approach to research;
  • Facilitate communication and collaboration across the NCAA and among key health and safety stakeholders; and
  • Develop national strategies, resources and tools to address identified challenges impacting student-athlete health and safety.
Interested candidates can view the full job posting and apply here (click on “Current openings” under National office openings and then search “Any”).

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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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American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting - NYSHSI Call to Action for Youth Sports
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Which American Cities are the Fittest?
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Minneapolis-St. Paul is the nation's fittest metropolitan area, with Washington, Boston, San Francisco and Hartford right behind it, according to a comprehensive "Fitness Index" drawn up annually by the American College of Sports Medicine.

At the bottom of the list were Oklahoma City; Detroit; Louisville, Ky.; Dallas; and Birmingham, Ala.

The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana metropolitan area came in 38th of the 50 big cities in fitness levels.

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