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Active Voice: The Most Intense 12 Seconds in Sport Active Voice: The 200 mph Athlete
Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship Available to Undergraduate Students
Policy Corner: Worksite Health Highlighted in Congressional Briefing
Earn ACSM CEC's Through ACSM ceOnline
Walking Resources Available from Walk21 Conference, Held September 11-13 in Munich
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Active Voice: The Most Intense 12 Seconds in Sport
By David P. Ferguson Ph.D., RCEP
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

David P. Ferguson, Ph.D., RCEP, is a postdoctoral fellow at the Children’s Nutritional Research Center and the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. He has worked in automobile racing for over fourteen years, six of which have been devoted to studying the physiological stresses associated with racing. Dr. Ferguson has worked to improve the health and performance of athletes competing in NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula 1. Some notable accomplishments include training the Stewart-Haas Racing pit crew when they won the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship and training IndyCar driver Charlie Kimball when he won the 2013 Rolex 24 hours of Daytona and the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.

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. Last week, SMB presented an Active Voice commentary by Lara Carlson that focused on health and safety concerns for drivers. This second article by David Ferguson extends the discussion to challenges faced by pit crews. Both Dr. Ferguson and Dr. Carlson are members of the ACSM Task Force on Motorsports Safety.

Due to the large number of fans that NASCAR reaches, companies invest close to 40 million dollars a year in primary sponsorship of a racecar. Despite the high-profile nature of this sport, few research studies have been conducted on the health, safety and performance needs of NASCAR athletes. In fact, only one publication to date has studied Sprint Cup athletes during actual competition. The focus of my comments here is to present what we know from our work and other published literature on the physical demands and performance challenges NASCAR pit crew athletes face.

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Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship Available to Undergraduate Students

The Lawrence A. Golding Scholarship is being offered for the ninth consecutive year. The scholarship is designed to publicly recognize undergraduate students who are in their sophomore, junior or senior year, who have made significant outstanding contributions to their communities in the areas of health, fitness and/or education. The scholarship is given in honor of Lawrence Golding, former chair of the ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition program committee and former editor of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal.

ACSM and Healthy Learning™ underwrite this scholarship. ACSM will grant two $1,000 awards and Healthy Learning will provide $1,000 credit to be used in the ACSM Store to purchase DVDs, books or apparel. The recipients also enjoy complimentary registration to ACSM's 2014 Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition to be held April 1-4, 2014 in Atlanta, GA. Visit to apply. The deadline to apply is November 8, 2013.

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Policy Corner: Worksite Health Highlighted in Congressional Briefing

On Wednesday, October 30, ACSM, in conjunction with the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion, staged a congressional briefing called "Worksite Health Promotion: Working Toward a Healthy Lifestyle.” The briefing, supported by the Congressional Fitness Caucus (Reps. Ron Kind and Aaron Schock, co-chairs), focused on the benefits of worksite health promotion and its role in creating a vibrant, inspirational and healthy workplace.

Speakers included:
  • 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, President and CEO of TURCK Inc., a global leader in industrial automation
  • Brenda Loube, M.S., 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
Congressional staff from both the House of Representatives and the Senate were able to attend to learn how worksite health promotion can change the workplace in a positive manner and how the Congress should view the issue when considering legislation. The briefing established ACSM and IAWHP as the leading authority on worksite health promotion and laid the groundwork for future policy deliberations and actions.

Documents distributed at the briefing include: For more information about the ACSM policy program, contact Monte Ward, VP of Government Relations, (

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Walking Resources Available from Walk21 Conference, Held September 11-13 in Munich

ACSM is an active, outspoken proponent of walking for health, as reflected in the Every Body Walk! collaborative, the Surgeon General's call to action on walking (in progress), and the recent 2013 Walking Summit as reported in SMB.

The walking movement is an international phenomenon, as evidenced by the Walk21 Munich conference held Sept. 11-13. Walking advocates will want to review and use resources from the conference. The Walk21 conference series promotes the development toward healthy, sustainable and efficient communities in which people choose walking as a basic means of transport. Walk21 connects important professionals and fosters active exchange in order to increase the acceptance of walking requirements and establish them as an important aspect of public planning.

Walk21 is a global partnership of walking experts. In addition to the conference series, Walk21 have developed an International Charter for Walking, which can be viewed and signed on their website. They also promote the evolution of best practices for encouraging walking through Walk21 Consultancy Services, offering support, guidance, technical services and bright ideas in almost any aspect of walking policy development.

Watch for updates on efforts to promote walking and walkability in future issues of SMB.

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Check out the two free featured articles from the November/December 2013 issue of ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® at Also, if you own an iPad, make sure to download the free app for ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal® in the Apple Store. The November/December issue is now available for download on the app.

The free featured articles for this issue include: "Now Trending: Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2014," by Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM; and the Medical Report column, "Treatment and Prevention of Foot Friction Blisters," by Fred H. Brennan, D.O., FACSM. The articles are available free of charge on the journal’s website until December 27.

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New York City Marathoner Aims to Add to Record Consecutive Runs
When more than 45,000 runners begin to race through the streets of New York City on Sunday, somewhere between the elite athletes and the weekend warriors will be a 70-year-old retired music teacher who has finished every New York City Marathon since 1976.

Almost 400 people competing have completed 15 or more New York City Marathons. But Dave Obelkevich is the only one to finish so many in a row, according to Sarah Huvane of the New York Road Runners, which organizes the race.

"Back then it was four loops around Central Park," Obelkevich, who lives in Manhattan, said about being inspired in 1972 after watching the winners interviewed on a morning-after television talk show.

"I don't think I did any races before I watched that program," he said.

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Can Running A Marathon Temporarily Damage Your Heart?
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Strenuous exercise, such as running a marathon, can temporarily damage heart muscle, according to a new study. But fortunately being better trained for running fast for long periods of time can reduce that risk.

Research from the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute at Laval University found that strenuous exercise can cause inflammation of the heart, especially among runners with lower fitness and less training. The study followed 20 marathon runners between the ages of 18 and 60. The participants were evaluated before and shortly after the Quebec City marathon, and three months later. While the runners trained, researchers led by Dr. Eric Larose used MRIs and blood tests to keep track of their heart function.

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