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In this issue:

ACSM President Pivarnik to carry Olympic torch
Parade magazine touts Exercise is Medicine™
Preventing concussions discussed during Congressional hearing
Active Voice: Gender and athletes
Take action: Healthy People 2020 public comment opportunity
Policy Corner: ACSM meets with White House on youth sports
Exercise pioneer, ACSM honor member passes away at 99
Surgeon General nominee confirmed; will focus on prevention
New organization connects Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport
Sports medicine & exercise science headlines

ACSM President Pivarnik to carry Olympic torch
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Members encouraged to join additional ACSM Olympic Games involvement

James Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM, spends most of his days in the classroom, the exercise science lab, or fulfilling his duties as research integrity officer at Michigan State University. But the current President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) will take on a different a role in January – that of Torchbearer in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay.

ACSM was asked to submit a nominee for the Olympic torchbearer program and chose ACSM President Pivarnik based on his inspiring work as a researcher, educator, ACSM and industry leader, and – perhaps most importantly – his dedication to and mentoring of students. He will complete a 300-meter segment of the relay program in Calgary, Canada, in January. He will be joined by leaders from other national health nonprofits; teenagers who have made a difference through charitable endeavors; and notable names such as Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast Shawn Johnson.

ACSM is proud to be represented through its President in this meaningful way. Future issues of Sports Medicine Bulletin will include more information on ACSM President Pivarnik’s preparation for the Torch Relay.

ACSM members have additional opportunities to be involved with the Vancouver Games. If you are attending the Olympics, are working with athletes, or simply have a vested interest in the sports medicine and exercise science interests of the Games, please e-mail publicinfo@acsm.org. ACSM will be creating an Olympics Web site focused on the sports medicine and exercise science aspects of the Games, and invites you to become involved with our efforts.

Parade magazine touts Exercise is Medicine™
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Message key to preventive health care reform

Parade magazine has a readership of 71 million – and those millions were introduced to Exercise is Medicine™ and the preventive power of physical activity in the Sunday, Nov.1, issue of the publication.

The article emphasized Exercise is Medicine (EIM) and the importance of the physician’s role in using exercise to improve patient health, recommending prescribing a written exercise regimen rather than just verbally advising it. Dr. Pam Peeke, an EIM spokesperson, concurred.

"That piece of paper symbolizes that physical activity is no longer a casual side story but is serious business in a person’s life," she said. Beyond patients, the article’s message is also crucial for policymakers to hear and understand. ACSM has been a strong advocate of including healthy lifestyle behaviors – especially physical activity – in health system reform.

Support for National Standards on Preventing Concussions Discussed During Congressional Hearing
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On Oct. 28, the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Capitol Hill to discuss issues related to head injuries in football players. This hearing discussed the NFL study conducted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. Panelists at the hearing included Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ); Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the National Football League (NFL); DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFL Players Association; Dr. Gay Culverhouse, former President of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Robert Cantu, M.D., FACSM, Chief of Neurosurgery Service and Director of Sports Medicine at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Mass., and former President of ACSM; Dr. David Weir, lead author of the University of Michigan NFL Play Care Foundation study of retired NFL players; and former NFL players including Bernie Parrish, Tiki Barber, and Merril Hoge.

As this issue gains widespread attention around the country, ACSM continues to be one of the most relied upon sources of expert knowledge. Cantu was featured on CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight program and in numerous other media sources around the country. In addition, a 2005 ACSM Team Physician Consensus Statement on concussion and traumatic head injury serves as a resource to both the media and scientific experts. One aspect of the daylong Congressional discussion that directly related to the goals and priorities of ACSM was the issue of safety in youth sports, particularly as it relates to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of concussions.
Active Voice: Gender and Athletes
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Active Voice is an occasional column by ACSM experts. These comments do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of ACSM.

Alan D. Rogol, M.D., Ph.D., FACSM, is a 25-year member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He is a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Virginia and a teacher-mentor at Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.

Athletic competition should start on a level playing field. That is why men, who presumably have a greater muscle mass (androgen-dependent), compete separately from women, who have a lower muscle mass and presumably less testosterone. This works more than 99.9 percent of the time.

The track and field world was awakened this summer to a new world class athlete, Ms. Caster Semenya from South Africa. Her accomplishments on the track were outstanding and worthy of a world-class athlete. Immediately there were questions about whether she should compete as a woman, given her muscular appearance and a voice deeper than the average woman.

Take Action: Healthy People 2020 Public Comment Opportunity
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ACSM members are encouraged to comment on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ proposed objectives for Healthy People 2020. The Healthy People program provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for promoting health and preventing disease – and HP 2020 includes proposed objectives specifically pertaining to physical activity and fitness.

Visit the HP 2020 public comment page to voice your opinion on the proposed objectives, including those specifically related to physical activity and fitness. Federal leaders need to hear the voice of ACSM’s science and research community when developing programs to improve the health of U.S. Citizens.
Policy Corner: ACSM Meets with White House and Members of Congress on Youth Sports Issues
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Thursday, Oct. 29, saw ACSM representatives meeting with numerous White House and Congressional offices on several of the College’s issues and policy priorities. The centerpiece was a visit with the White House Office of Olympic, Paralympic and Youth Sport. Michael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM, and Jim Whitehead, Executive Vice President of ACSM, met with Mr. Joe Kennedy and with staff from the office of First Lady Michelle Obama and from the President’s Domestic Policy Council.The meeting underscored how ACSM is uniquely positioned to help the White House achieve its goals. More

Exercise Pioneer, ACSM Honor Member Passes Away at 99
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Morris’ work paved the way for exercise as a preventive health tool

ACSM was saddened to learn of the passing – but pays tribute to the accomplishments of – Jeremy Morris, M.D., who passed away in England on Oct. 28 at age 99. Morris, an honor member of ACSM, was one of the first medical professionals to find and study the link between physical activity and its preventive power for numerous chronic diseases and conditions. Morris’ novel work in the 1940s and 1950s (and beyond) helped pave the way for the vast amount of future research connecting exercise and prevention. In addition, programs such as Exercise is Medicine™, which focuses on physical activity’s importance as a preventive tool, would not have been possible without Dr. Morris’ groundbreaking findings.
Surgeon General Nominee Confirmed; Will Focus on Prevention
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Last Thursday, the United States Senate confirmed the appointment of Dr. Regina Benjamin as the country’s next Surgeon General. Benjamin is strongly committed to serving as a national advocate for prevention and healthy lifestyles, saying at her selection news conference in July "My family is not  here with me today, at least not in person, because of preventable diseases."

ACSM has already reached out to Dr. Benjamin to build upon and grow its already established relationship with the Office of the Surgeon General. The current relationship with the Office of the Surgeon General is established through its Co-Sponsorship Agreement to promote physical activity and healthy choices, and to support prevention efforts as part of the HHS Childhood Overweight and Obesity Prevention Initiative, Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future (HYHF) and ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine™ program.

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New Organization Connects Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport
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ACSM’s diverse membership serves a wide range of professionals, including registered dieticians, doctors of clinical nutrition, and others in the nutritional field. In order to better serve those valued ACSM members, the College has forged a partnership with a new membership society: Professionals in Nutrition for Exercise and Sport (PINES).

PINES is an international organization that connects professionals in nutrition for exercise and sport to promote their interaction and sharing of resources and experiences so that excellence in sport nutrition be achieved worldwide. PINES announced its nonprofit status in early October of this year. As a special gift to ACSM members, the first PINES newsletter is posted free of charge here. The newsletter and PINES Web site will give you more information on what PINES is all about. Consider joining PINES as professional or student member; annual membership fees are only $35.00 USD for professional members and $25.00 USD for student members. PINES will bring to you quarterly Webinars and will once again be present at the Annual ACSM Meeting.

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Exercise and Science Headlines

Link Between Diabetes and Heart Disease Scrutinized
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The link between diabetes and heart disease is well-known -- diabetics are two to four times more likely to have cardiovascular disease than nondiabetics, and two-thirds will die of an early heart attack or stroke. But the link itself is poorly understood. More
Exercise Better than Angioplasty for Some
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Working up a sweat may be even better than angioplasty for some heart patients, experts say. Studies have shown heart patients benefit from exercise, and some have even shown it works better than surgical procedures. More
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