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Active Voice: The 200 mph Athlete
ACSM, CEOs Sign Pledge to Champion Physical Activity in the Workplace
Deadline Approaching: Abstract Submissions for 61st Annual Meeting, 5th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on the Role of Inflammation in Exercise, Health and Disease
Policy Corner: ACSM Convenes Congressional Briefing this Wednesday on Worksite Health
Apply Now for 2014 ACSM Foundation Research Grant
Legacy Recognition of a Distinctive ACSM Staff Executive: Chris Sawyer, Senior Director of Membership
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines
 
 


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Active Voice: The 200 mph Athlete
By Lara A. Carlson, Ph.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Dr. Lara Carlson is an assistant professor at the University of New England in Biddeford, ME. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for the New England chapter of the ACSM (NEACSM) and has been currently elected to serve a second term as president of the NEACSM. Recently, she has been pioneering new research on the physiological strain confronting motorsports drivers, a fact that didn’t escape the attention of the New York Times.

In 2006, ACSM established a task force to examine health and safety issues in motorsports. Importantly, its charter had a clear connection to the human performance and sports medicine interests of the College. The task force promotes interchange within ACSM on scientific, safety, and health issues affecting drivers and their teams. SMB, therefore, is pleased to present two Active Voice commentaries that are authored by task force members. The first, by Lara Carlson, addresses concerns for drivers while a second article in an upcoming issue by David Ferguson, will focus on challenges faced by pit crew teams
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Henry Ford is credited with stating, “Auto racing began five minutes after the second car was built.” I would guess they started thinking about it before they even put the wheels on. Racing appeals to those grittier individuals who have a zest for speed and danger—it’s part of the attraction. And nothing grabs our attention more than the tragic deaths of high-profile athletes, and motorsports athletes are not immune. The deaths of Adam Petty, Dan Wheldon, and most notably, Dale Earnhardt have certainly left their mark. Although safety in racing has progressed over the last decade, drivers are still paying the ultimate price with six fatalities occurring so far in the 2013-racing season.

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ACSM, CEOs Sign Pledge to Champion Physical Activity in the Workplace

Last week, at the Lake Nona Impact Forum, an annual convergence of top thought leaders representing academia, industry, healthcare delivery, and government, leaders from many of the nation’s foremost organizations signed the CEO Pledge at a session led by Alex Gorsky, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Johnson & Johnson. The CEO Pledge – a nationwide campaign promoted by the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) – aims to encourage every CEO in the United States to recognize and champion physical activity as an important driver of employee performance, health, and engagement.

More than 150 CEOs have signed the CEO Pledge since its launch last year. Today’s signing ceremony included Jim Whitehead of ACSM, Alex Gorsky of Johnson & Johnson, Mark Verstegen, Alex Gorsky of Johnson & Johnson, today’s signing ceremony added Mark Verstegen, Founder and President of Athlete’s Performance; Mel Zuckerman, Founder of Canyon Ranch; Pat Geraghty, Chairman and CEO of Florida Blue; Des Cummings, Jr., President of Florida Hospital Foundations; John Brooks, President and CEO of Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard University; Jim Zboril, President of Lake Nona; Thad Seymour, PhD, President of Lake Nona Institute; Roger Oxendale, CEO of Nemours Children’s Hospital Orlando; David Bailey, MD, President and CEO of The Nemours Foundation; Tim Liezert, Medical Center Director of Orlando VA Medical Center; Jeff Arnold, Founder and CEO of Sharecare; Rasesh Thakkar, Senior Managing Director of Tavistock Group; and Deborah German, MD, Dean of the University of Central Florida, College of Medicine. A complete listing of signatories may be found at http://www.ncppa.org/ceo-pledge.

For more information on NCPPA's CEO Pledge, including how to join the movement for physical activity in the workplace, please visit www.ncppa.org. For more information about the Lake Nona Impact Forum, please visit http://www.lakenonaimpactforum.org.

Check out news coverage about the pledge signing in the Orlando Sentinel.

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Deadline Approaching: Abstract Submissions for 61st Annual Meeting, 5th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on the Role of Inflammation in Exercise, Health and Disease

Abstracts are due November 1, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. PST for ACSM's 61st Annual Meeting, 5th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® and World Congress on the Role of Inflammation in Exercise, Health and Disease, which will be held May 27-31, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. Please visit the abstract submission website to learn more or submit an abstract.
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Policy Corner: ACSM Convenes Congressional Briefing this Wednesday on Worksite Health

ACSM, in association with International Association for Worksite Health Promotion and supported by the Congressional Fitness Caucus, will host a congressional briefing on Wednesday called "Worksite Health Promotion: Working Toward a Healthy Lifestyle". Co-Chairs for the Congressional Fitness Caucus are Rep. Ron Kind and Rep. Aaron Schock. The briefing will be held Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 2:30 PM in Capitol Visitor Center HVC 201. ACSM Fellow Nico Pronk, Ph.D., founding and past-president of the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion and senior editor of ACSM's Worksite Health Handbook advised on content and materials for this briefing.

Speakers include:
  • Jack Groppel, Ph.D., FACSM, co-founder of the Human Performance Institute
  • Fikry W. Isaac, M.D., MPH, FACOEM, Vice President of Global Health Services for Johnson & Johnson, Inc.
  • David Lagerstrom is the President and CEO of TURCK Inc., a global leader in industrial automation
  • Brenda Loube, M.S. is President, Principal, and Co-Founder of Corporate Fitness Works
  • Mary Ellen Rose, Ph.D, noted worksite health specialist to a variety of healthcare organizations and major corporations across the United States
ACSM members – particularly those in the Washington, DC area, are encouraged to attend any of these events. For more information about the ACSM policy program, contact Monte Ward, VP of Government Relations (mward@acsm.org).

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Apply Now for 2014 ACSM Foundation Research Grant

ACSM is now accepting applications for our 2014 Foundation Research Grant Program. In 2013, ACSM funded 22 grants through this program, awarding a total of $129,000 to researchers.

Members ranging from graduate students to experienced professionals are eligible to apply for these funding opportunities under Student Awards and Research Grants on the ACSM website. Choose the grant opportunity that's right for you.

Please note that you must use Adobe Reader 9 to complete the application. The application deadline is Jan. 17, 2014. Contact Michael Dell at mdell@acsm.org or (317) 637-9200 ext. 143 with questions or for more information.

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Legacy Recognition of a Distinctive ACSM Staff Executive: Chris Sawyer, Senior Director of Membership

ACSM has benefited from the contributions of a talented and dedicated staff, and we like to note milestones of their service. Chris Sawyer, Senior Director of Membership & Chapter Services, has been an asset to the college through her 20-year tenure. She began her career with ACSM in the certification department in 1993, worked for a period in accounting and then moved to membership in 1996. Chris’ diligence and professional ability earned her the title of Senior Director.

Chris has made many contributions to the College, including fostering growth in membership, re-vamping of the ACSM Fellowship process, outstanding database management, and creating the Alliance membership, just to name a few.

We invite those who know Chris to congratulate her on 20 years of service to ACSM.

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SPORTS MEDICINE & EXERCISE 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.


Top Fitness Trend: High-Intensity Interval Training
USA Today
Editor's Note: ACSM's Annual Survey of Fitness Trends was released last week. For more information, please click here.

Workout wimps, watch out: The top two fitness trends for 2014 are high-intensity interval training, such as P90X and CrossFit, and body-weight training such as push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups and planks, according to an annual fitness trends survey out today.

Previous hot trends that didn't make the new top 20 list: Zumba (Latin-inspired dance workouts), Pilates, spinning, kickboxing, barefoot walking and running and stability-ball workouts.

The American College of Sports Medicine surveyed more than 3,800 fitness professionals who work in commercial, clinical, community and corporate gyms and health clubs to identify the top 20 fitness trends worldwide for next year. They selected those trends from 38 potential choices. This is the eighth year of the survey.

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Top CEOs Sign Pledge to Live Healthier at Lake Nona Impact Forum
Orlando Sentinel
Leading by example. That's what more than a dozen top executives promised to do Wednesday evening in Lake Nona when they each signed a promise to lead healthier lives.

The signing of the CEO Pledge took place as health-care leaders from across the country met in Lake Nona Medical City to kick off the second Impact Forum, a three-day meeting of some of the nation's top CEOs, academics and health-care leaders discussing new ways to address health care and wellness.

A national campaign promoted by the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity, the CEO Pledge is an effort to get chief officers nationwide to recognize physical activity as an important driver of employee health and business performance.

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