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Q&A: ACSM/NCPAD partnership focuses on physical activity and disabilities
Expert scientific commentary: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
ACSM’s Aging Blueprint meeting will result in “PA roadmap”
Policy Corner: Health care merged bills to soon be debated
Keep your team ready for play with team physician course
Act now! Support making U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines permanent
Sports medicine & exercise science headlines

Q&A: ACSM/NCPAD partnership focuses on physical activity and disabilities
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Rimmer outlines resources for members; new specialty certification; webinars

Nearly one in five or six U.S. residents (54.4 million people) has at least some degree of a physical, sensory or cognitive disability, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Yet, everyone can enjoy better health and quality of life through participation in regular physical activity and health promotion activities, if given the opportunity. Unfortunately, for those with disabilities, a host of complex and poorly understood factors limit access and participation. ACSM, in concert with the Exercise is Medicine; initiative, recently joined with the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) to help reduce these barriers.

Two years ago, ACSM and James Rimmer, Ph.D., Director of NCPAD, led the formation of a national coalition to study and ameliorate the factors that constrain physical activity opportunities for the disabled. This group, the Inclusive Fitness Coalition (IFC), now includes more than 120 member organizations, working to better understand the social, political, economic and environmental factors that contribute to these constraints.


Expert commentary: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and NFL players
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Robert Cantu, M.D., FACSM, is a clinical professor and co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at Boston University Medical Center. He is a 31-year member of ACSM and is an internationally recognized expert on concussions and head injuries. The comments below do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of ACSM.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) was first described more than 80 years ago by a New Jersey coroner/pathologist, Dr. Harrison Martland, in a hallmark 1928 article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (91:1103-1107;1928). The CTE clinical triad includes recent memory failure progressive to dementia, depression, and lack of impulse control. The pathology was first shown by Roberts in 1969 and involves the deposition of a toxic hyperphosphalated form of tau protein call neurofibrilary tangles. This tau, although deposited throughout the cortex, basal ganglia, brainstem and spinal cord is concentrated in the medial temporal lobe structures, amygdala, hippocampus, and entorhinal cortex.

Although Alzheimer’s disease shares tau deposition with CTE it also involves beta amyloid deposition and senile plaques which are not a feature of CTE. Thus a neuropathologist can easily distinguish between these two entities.

Although most cases of CTE have been described in boxers, in the last several years, 20 or so cases have been identified in former NFL players.

ACSM's aging blueprint meeting will result in "physical activity roadmap"
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Top health groups, including CDC and AARP, meet at ACSM National Center

On Oct. 22 and 23, a meeting of some of the best minds in aging and physical activity was held at the ACSM National Center. The National Aging Blueprint group, funded by ACSM and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, focused on promotion and dissemination of the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

The meeting will result in a "physical activity roadmap" for older adults and the organizations that support them, giving clear focus on how to encourage older adults to be more physically active and lead longer, healthier lives. Attendees from the AARP, CDC, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other top organizations from the National Aging Blueprint steering committee participated in the action plan development.

Policy Corner: Health care merged bills to soon be debated in the house and senate
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), along with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and former Senate Health, Environment, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd (D-CT), as well as senior White House officials are working to reconcile the health care bills passed by the two respective Senate committees in order to bring a unified bill to the Senate floor for debate and amendments in November.

While the leaders are focused on resolving many of the more controversial issues, including debating whether or not to create a national health care plan that would serve as a low-cost alternative to private insurers, questioning whether employers should be mandated to provide insurance for their employees, determining how to structure reimbursement rates for doctors and hospitals, and assessing the extent of subsidies that should be made available to low- and moderate-income people to purchase health care insurance, ACSM is urging policy makers to ensure that the legislation includes primary preventive provisions, such as initiatives, incentives, and demonstration/pilot projects that encourage our nation’s citizens to change behavior and adopt healthy lifestyles, which as a preventive measure can make the greatest impact and reach the most people at the least cost.

Keep your team ready for play with team physician course
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Attend the 2010 ACSM Team Physician Course and learn the best innovative, evidence-based strategies to keep your team healthy and on the field. Clinicians will be presented with a thorough overview of the duties of the team physician, and will learn specific methods for treating and identifying head and neck problems in athletes; upper extremity injuries; female athlete injuries; cardiovascular and pulmonary issues; and much more.

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Act now! Support making U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines permanent
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On Oct. 20, a bill was introduced in Congress calling for regular updates to the federal Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, first released last October. ACSM originally called for these guidelines during a groundbreaking policy roundtable in 2006.

Regular updates to the federal physical activity guidelines would encourage Americans to get up and active – and would ensure they have the most accurate, scientifically up-to-date information on physical activity. Helping Americans of all ages and health status increase their physical activity level can do much to cut health care costs, improve individual quality of life and boost productivity.

ACSM members are encouraged to help support this bill by contacting their local elected officials. Simply click here to access ACSM's easy-to-use Action Alert, featuring ready-to-send language for local representatives. Feel free to send this link to your organization's contacts.

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Exercise and Science Headlines

Is the exercise cool-down really necessary?
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Gina Kolata and her husband were riding their bikes not long ago, and when they were about a mile from home, they did their usual thing. They call it the sprint to the finish: ride as hard and as fast as they can until they reach their driveway, racing to see who could get there first. More
Obese kids with big bellies at greatest heart risk
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Big bellies in obese kids mean greater heart disease risks, just as they do for heavy grown-ups, new research shows. More
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