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Active Voice: High-Intensity Exercise for Overweight and Obese People
ACSM Membership Reaches All-Time High
2011 ATPC Offers New Information on Evaluation, Treatment of Athletes
Policy Corner: Traditional Values Coalition Targets NIH Grants
An Inside Look: August 2011 Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
ACSM Regional Chapter Meetings Coming Soon – Find Yours!
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Active Voice: High-Intensity Exercise for Overweight and Obese People
By Hassane Zouhal, 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.

Hassane Zouhal, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Sports Sciences at the University of Rennes 2 ENS Cachan, France. He is a member of the Movement Sports and Health Sciences Laboratory. His research focuses on metabolic and hormonal responses to physical exercise and training, with special emphasis on influences of type of training, gender and aging. This commentary presents his views associated with the research article he and his colleagues published in the March 2011 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®.

Physical activity is widely recommended for obese adults and children, based on extensive evidence of both health and functional benefits. Despite the widespread acceptance that undertaking physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of obesity and many other diseases, participation in regular physical activity remains low. As lack of time has regularly been shown to be a major barrier to physical activity and has been associated with low physical activity levels, recently the American College of Sports Medicine recommendations have placed greater emphasis on shorter-duration (i.e. a minimum of 20 minutes), higher-intensity exercise (HIE) done a minimum of three times per week. However, there is still much debate concerning the optimal intensity, duration and volume of exercise needed for the most favorable impact on health.

ACSM Membership Reaches All-Time High
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ACSM is proud to announce new records in our membership numbers. As of June 30, there are:
  • 21,993 ACSM members around the world. This is an all-time high for ACSM.
  • Nearly 1,000 more Alliance members than in June 2010. There are currently 7,805 Alliance members, indicating that health-and-fitness professionals continue to find great value in ACSM.
  • 6,475 student members. This is the highest student membership number in ACSM’s history. The previous record was 5,517 members in 1998.
  • Nearly 40,000 members and certified professionals worldwide. Our multidisciplinary membership, combined with our large network of certified professionals, gives ACSM a truly global impact.
ACSM is committed to offering you, our members, the most beneficial membership experience possible. We want to thank you for helping us achieve these milestones and for choosing to be a part of the largest organization in the world devoted to sports medicine and exercise science.

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2011 ATPC Offers New Information on Evaluation, Treatment of Athletes
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Registration is now open for the Advanced Team Physician Course (ATPC), which will be Dec. 1 – 4, 2011 in San Diego. ATPC is a collaborative meeting hosted by ACSM, the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). Download the advance program to learn more about this year’s conference.

ATPC is designed to provide up-to-date information on the evaluation and treatment of medical illnesses and musculoskeletal injuries occurring in competitive and recreational athletes.

Attendees will learn to:
  • Determine appropriate diagnostic, treatment and return-to-play strategies for athletes with infectious conditions.
  • Develop a treatment plan for patients with tendon-related injuries of the proximal hamstring and achilles.
  • Evaluate the use of various imaging modalities in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Utilize the newest techniques for diagnosing and treating concussions in order to improve patient outcomes.
  • Formulate a diagnostic and treatment plan for throwing athletes who have injuries of the shoulder.
  • Evaluate and develop a treatment plan for orthopedic problems in Masters athletes.
  • Assess the pathophysiology of bone metabolism in order to develop appropriate prevention and treatment strategies for athletes of all ages.
  • Formulate an injury prevention plan for athletes at risk of developing lower extremity injuries.
  • Given the complexities of optimal performance for endurance athletes, develop a prevention and treatment plan for runners.
Continuing education credits are available for this course. Register online.

Policy Corner: Traditional Values Coalition Targets NIH Grants
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ACSM has spoken up along with other science-based organizations after a group critical of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) sought to mobilize objections to specific NIH-funded research projects. ACSM signed on to a letter prompted by a statement from the Traditional Values Coalition alleging that “NIH Wastes Millions on Bizarre ‘Research.” The letter, from the Coalition to Promote Research,came to ACSM through the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, of which ACSM is a member society. FASEB noted that the Traditional Values Coalition “has compiled a list of grants that they consider easy targets, based largely on their titles, abstract, or the population under study.” ACSM will continue to support open, objective, unbiased, evidence-based processes for evaluating scientific priorities and results.

An Inside Look: August 2011 Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®
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The August issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (MSSE) is available online now. ACSM members can access the journal for free – simply log in at the ACSM website and click “My ACSM.”

MSSE Editor-in-Chief Andrew J. Young, Ph.D., FACSM offers his insights into the August issue: More

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ACSM Regional Chapter Meetings Coming Soon — Find Yours!
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Several ACSM Regional Chapters have confirmed dates for their 2011 and 2012 annual meetings. For a complete list of dates and locations for each chapter, see the ACSM website.

ACSM Regional Chapters provide access to the ACSM expertise, research and practical information you need to stay current in your field. Plus, involvement provides opportunities to interact with professional colleagues and students across a variety of disciplines who might just be the key to your next research project or job opportunity.


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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.

Don't Be a Slouch, Start Moving
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Research shows that a low level of physical activity exposes a patient to a greater risk of dying than smoking, obesity, hypertension, or high cholesterol. For older men, regular physical activity can decrease the risk of death by 40 percent.

The 2008 U.S. Federal Fitness Guidelines and many other studies show that 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity physical activity is required to achieve many health benefits.

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Sports Nutrition Tips to Help You Lose Weigh and Perform Better
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The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is the world's largest organization of sports medicine and exercise science professionals. At ACSM's annual meeting in Denver, more than 6,000 exercise scientists, sports dietitians, physicians and other health professionals gathered to share their research. Here are a few of the nutrition highlights. More highlights are available at www.acsm.org.

  • Looking for a way to get fit quickly? High intensity interval training (HIIT) is effective, though it's hard work. Once you are fit, you can then reduce the exercise intensity to a more enjoyable (sustainable) level. Dr. Martin Gibala of McMaster University in Ontario does not believe HIIT is a heart attack waiting to happen, but recommends untrained people first get a proper medical check-up More

    Fuel Your Workout
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    Although your iPod’s playlist of Queen’s and AC/DC’s greatest hits may be enough to help you power through your exercise routine, you might be surprised to learn that what you eat before, after and even during your workout can help maximize your time spent at the gym. Keep reading to find out what you should be consuming to ward off hunger and sustain your energy levels. More

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