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In this issue:

Active Voice: Nintendo's Wii™ and Senior Adults — What Can We Learn?
Exercise is Medicine™ on Campus Launches Action Guide
Policy Corner: Get on Board to Make a Difference
Save the Date: ACSM Team Physician Course — Feb. 9-13, 2011
ACSM Podcasts Offer On-The-Go Expertise
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines



Active Voice: Nintendo's Wii™ and Senior Adults — What Can We Learn?
By Elizabeth Orsega-Smith, Ph.D.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Active Voice is a column by experts in science, medicine and allied health. The viewpoints expressed do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Elizabeth Orsega-Smith, Ph.D., is an ACSM member and Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Health Program in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition at the University of Delaware. Her research has focused on interdisciplinary studies of physical activity promotion in park and recreational settings. She presented results of a study related to this commentary at ACSM's Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine™, held in Baltimore in June 2010.


The evolution of video games has prompted the development of games with specific health benefits. These include activities that motivate people to adhere to a program, assist with self-management, or improve health knowledge. Among these health games are "exergames," in which individuals participate in physical challenges requiring physical exertion as an input to gain feedback from the game system. The physical movement includes activities such as dance, aerobics, martial arts, and a variety of sports. Sport exergames have become the focus of recent research and discussion, especially among youth. While there has been evidence that the use of Dance Dance Revolution (DDR) in youth can lead to increased heart rates and promote minimal weight loss, few studies have examined the use of exergames among older adults.
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Exercise is Medicine™ on Campus Launches Action Guide
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Exercise is Medicine™ on Campus is an initiative of the Exercise is Medicine™ (EIM) program that calls on universities and colleges to promote physical activity as a vital sign of health. EIM on Campus encourages faculty, staff and students to work together on improving the health and well-being of everyone on their campus. Connecting on-campus health care providers with on-campus fitness centers and opportunities allows the entire campus community to benefit from exercise counseling and referrals, with support from the institution's health care providers and fitness professionals. Students are given the tools they need to develop healthy habits that will last throughout their lifetime. EIM on Campus can be activated on any campus, large or small, rural or urban. It's up to each campus to get moving and get healthy. More

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Policy Corner: Get on Board to Make a Difference
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As legislation and policy decisions increasingly affect their interests at the state and federal levels, ACSM members are taking steps to clarify their priorities to office holders.

Solutions at Regional and State Levels

ACSM engages with various coalitions on issues in which we share common cause. A conspicuous success is the passage in about 10 states this year of concussion legislation modeled on Washington State's Zackery Lystedt Law. A multi-organizational coalition is working vigorously on similar bills in numerous other states.

Aiding state-level policy efforts, ACSM now has access to a database of legislation relating to certification, licensure, youth sports, education, health care, and other topics of interest. This enables us to mobilize grassroots efforts that support, modify or defeat legislation to ensure ACSM's interests are fully heard in all 50 state capitols.
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Save the Date: ACSM Team Physician Course — Feb. 9-13, 2011
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The ACSM Team Physician Course — Part II meets the needs of clinical practitioners who care for and manage athletic teams as part of their total practice. The 2011 Conference, to be held in exciting San Diego from Feb. 9-13, 2011, offers unique educational opportunities in musculosketal, conditioning/training, pharmacological and nutritional categories — plus much more. Attendees can earn AMA/PRA credits, CMEs and CEUs. Preliminary program will be available this September. Click here to register.

The meeting will take place at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter Hotel. To make hotel reservations, call 1-800-WESTIN-1 and mention the Team Physician Course.





ACSM Podcasts Offer On-the-Go Expertise
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As you may have seen in past issues of Sports Medicine Bulletin, ACSM sponsors the Sports Medicine and Fitness Show on HealthRadio, an online syndicated radio station. Host Melanie Cole interviews ACSM experts every Tuesday at 1 p.m. ET on topics ranging from exercise and cancer to overuse injuries in youth sports. Each show is recorded for online listening or downloading.

More than 200 podcasts of past Sports Medicine and Fitness Show segments are available on the Health Radio's website. Download your choice of podcast and listen to ACSM experts at your computer or on the go.

Interested in being a guest on HealthRadio? Send an e-mail with your proposed topic/s and a brief bio to publicinfo@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.


Multiple head injuries may spur ALS-type illness
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New research suggests that athletes who have had multiple head injuries, and possibly others such as military veterans exposed to repetitive brain traumas, may be prone to developing a disabling neurological disease similar to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. A team of researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Bedford said they have pinpointed evidence of a new disease that mimics ALS in the brains of two former National Football League players previously thought to have died of ALS. More

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Gina Kolata: When Repeat Injuries Can't Dim an Athlete's Passion
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When Dr. Michael Joyner, an exercise researcher at the Mayo Clinic, heard I'd gotten a second stress fracture, high on my fibula, less than two years after recovering from my first one, in a metatarsal bone in my foot, he sent me some advice by e-mail. "I would urge you to take a year off of running," he wrote. "Stop trying to rope-a-dope this. Cycle and do the elliptical and take some swimming lessons." He added, "I did — took 10 years off of running and my perspective is different." Right. He's got to be kidding. More

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Grand Jury Indicts Roger Clemens for Lying to Congress
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Editor's Note: ACSM and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) are partners in an initiative to speak out against doping in athletics, called Professionals Against Doping in Sports (PADS). Stay tuned for the launch of the PADS website this fall.

Seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday for allegedly lying to Congress about using steroids during his major league baseball career. Clemens faces charges of obstruction of Congress, perjury and false statements for testimony he gave to Congress regarding any use of performance enhancing drugs, specifically steroids and human growth hormone, or HGH. Clemens is charged with making the false statements to congressional investigators in a February 5, 2008 deposition and the perjury charges involve his February 13, 2008 testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
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Online Concussion Management Tool for Athletes
Athletic Trainers and Medical Providers now have easy access to the Axon Sports Computerized Cognitive Assessment Tool (CCAT) for their concussion management programs. Powered by CogState technology, the Axon Sports CCAT helps identify changes in cognitive function, especially where there is a Baseline test for comparison, and is a valuable tool to aid return-to-play decisions.
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OUTDOOR MOTION CAPTURE
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