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In this issue:

Active Voice: The Role of Vigorous-Intensity Exercise in Preventing Chronic Disease
ACSM-Initiated Commission Approves Historic Standards for Health & Fitness Facilities
Policy Corner: NFL Releases Health and Safety Report; ACSM Provides Content, Expert Opinions
Call for Applicants: ACSM Grant Funding Opportunities Now Available
ESSR Extra Credit!
ACSM Offers Condolences to Family of ACSM Member, John W. Pagliano, DPM, FACSM
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

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Active Voice: The Role of Vigorous-Intensity Exercise in Preventing Chronic Disease
By Andrea K. Chomistek, Sc.D. and Eric B. Rimm, Sc.D.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Dr. Andrea Chomistek is a research fellow in the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and an ACSM member. Her research background is in physical activity and the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease. Her current research interests include developing better definitions of physical activity and inactivity in order to improve our understanding of how to maximize the health benefits of regular exercise, particularly as related to cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes.

Dr. Eric Rimm is an associate professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health and an associate professor of medicine at the Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is the director of the Program in Cardiovascular Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Rimm’s main research interests include studying associations between diet and other lifestyle characteristics in relation to risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

The following commentary reflects Dr. Chomistek’s and Dr. Rimm’s views relating to their and colleague’s research article, which appeared in the October 2012 issue of
Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise® (MSSE).

The importance of physical activity in disease prevention has been widely studied and is generally well accepted. Regular physical activity has been shown to lower the risk of diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, some types of cancer, and all-cause mortality. Greater physical activity provides greater health benefit but the shape of the dose-response curve specifically for vigorous-intensity activity is not well defined.

ACSM-Initiated Commission Approves Historic Standards for Health & Fitness Facilities
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(Editor’s Note: Part I of this article ran last week. Click here to read Part I.)

An extensive, multi-organizational process set in motion by ACSM has produced a set of standards that will allow for rigorous certification of health and fitness facilities. The new standards meet criteria set by the NSF Joint Committee on Health Fitness Standards. NSF International, an accredited, third-party body that sets standards and tests and certifies products to verify they meet these public health and safety standards. Widely recognized for its scientific and technical expertise in the health and environmental sciences, NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

Walt Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, led development of the standards—the latest contribution of a distinguished career. The new standards and certification process provide much-needed resources for the health and fitness sector, complementing ACSM’s Health/Fitness Facility Standards and Guidelines (Human Kinetics). The Guidelines present current standards and guidelines that help health and fitness establishments provide high-quality services and programs within a safe and appropriate environment. Now in its fourth edition, the book has become a definitive, must-have reference. SMB asked Dr. Thompson to explain the significance of the new NSF standards and the process that developed them.


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Policy Corner: NFL Releases Health and Safety Report; ACSM Provides Content, Expert Opinions
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The American College of Sports Medicine has worked with the National Football League and other partners to pass legislation – now in 40 states and the District of Columbia – addressing concussion in youth sports. As the 2013 legislative session approaches, the ACSM-led coalition is focusing on concussion laws in the remaining states.

Regarding the health and safety of athletes at all levels, the NFL recently released a report outlining its efforts. The NFL report addresses the following key areas: advancing a health and safety culture; advocating for safer sports at all levels; enhancing the safety rules of our sport; investing in important scientific research; providing health and wellness resources for our retired players; and improving equipment to help prevent injuries.

To view the report, please click here.

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Call for Applicants: ACSM Grant Funding Opportunities Now Available
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ACSM is now accepting applications for our 2013 Foundation Research Grant Program. In 2012, ACSM funded 25 grants through this program, awarding a total of $169,000 to researchers.

Members ranging from graduate students to experienced professionals are eligible to apply for these funding opportunities. Download the application today.

Please note that you must use Adobe Reader 9 to complete the application. The application deadline is Jan. 18, 2013. Contact Michael Dell at mdell@acsm.org or (317) 637-9200 ext. 143 with questions or for more information.

ESSR Extra Credit!
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Check out Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews (ESSR) online Journal Club discussion questions. Educators and students can use the Journal Club questions to gain a greater understanding and generate thought-provoking discussion of the topic. Journal Club questions are available whereever the Club icon () appears or can be accessed from the Journal Club Topical Collection Web page. Previous articles include:
  • “What We Can Learn About Running from Barefoot Running: An Evolutionary Medical Perspective”
  • “Overcoming Barriers to Progress in Exercise Genomics”
  • “Nonhomeostatic Control of Human Appetite and Physical Activity in Regulation of Energy Balance”
View the October 2012 issue covered article, “Effect of Statins on Skeletal Muscle: Exercise, Myopathy, and Muscle Outcomes” by Beth A. Parker and Paul D. Thompson, and the Journal Club questions by LaDora Thompson. The selected article is available for download free for a limited time*.

*ACSM Professional members must log in at the ACSM website first. Then click on the “Access My Journals” link.

ACSM Offers Condolences to Family of ACSM Member, John W. Pagliano, DPM, FACSM
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ACSM offers its sincere condolences to the family of ACSM Fellow John Pagliano, DPM, who passed away earlier this year. Dr. Pagliano was a foot and ankle specialist with over 40 years of experience in the field of sports medicine. He was named one of the most influential podiatrists in 2011. Dr. Pagliano has treated some of the most famous world athletes, both surgically and non-surgically. Pagliano was an accomplished runner himself, having competed in over 100 marathons and ultra marathons.

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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.

Latest Fitness Trends: Body Weight Training Takes Centerstage
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Think you need a gym to stay in shape? According to the American College of Sports Medicine, one of the leading fitness trends requires nothing more than your own body weight.

In analyzing what’s likely to make up the most popular fitness trends in 2013, ACSM asked 3,346 corporate, clinical, community, commercial and academic health and fitness experts to answer online surveys about what drew people to work out. The participants weighed in on emerging trends as well as whether last years’ ‘it’ programs continued to have appeal. The survey listed 37 potential options and the experts rated the top 20.

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Cheerleading Needs Sports Safety Rules, Docs Say
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Cheerleading isn't just jumping and waving pompoms — it has become as athletic and potentially as dangerous as a sport and should be designated one to improve safety, the nation's leading group of pediatricians says.

The number of cheerleaders injured each year has climbed dramatically in the last two decades. Common stunts that pose risks include tossing and flipping cheerleaders in the air and creating human pyramids that reach 15 feet high or more.

In a new policy statement released online Monday in the journal Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatrics says school sports associations should designate cheerleading as a sport, and make it subject to safety rules and better supervision. That would include on-site athletic trainers, limits on practice time and better qualified coaches, the academy says.




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