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Q&A: ACSM to Host 2013 World Heart Games for Cardiac Athletes
ACSM Members Lead the Way with Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
Don't Miss Free Online Content from ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®
Evidence Based Practice Committee Seeks Your Input on Position Stand Content
Policy Corner: 113th Congress Elected; Potential for Impact to Science and Research Policies
ACSM H&F Summit Advance Program Now Available
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines


Q&A: ACSM to Host 2013 World Heart Games for Cardiac Athletes
By F. Stuart Sanders, M.D., FACSM    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.

The ACSM World Heart Games helps patients who are at high risk for or with diagnoses of cardiovascular diseases "reclaim the joy of sports." The event is an Olympic-style competition symbolizing that these patients can engage in and enjoy appropriate and invigorating sports competition, just like any other athletes. To appreciate the exhilaration experienced in these Games, see the online video clip showing participants competing when the event was last held in 2010.

These Games originated more than 20 years ago in Georgia with efforts involving F. Stuart Sanders, M.D., FACSM, and his health care colleagues in cardiac rehabilitation. Dr. Sanders is an internal and sports medicine physician, has directed the Habersham Cardiac Rehabilitation and Cardiovascular Fitness Programs in Demorest, GA, since 1986, and is an adjunct professor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine. He has served on medical teams at several Olympic Games, including the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Vancouver. Sanders, several ACSM colleagues and other leaders in the field of cardiac rehabilitation are diligently planning the upcoming World Heart Games, scheduled for May 17-18, 2013 at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga. – just a short distance from Atlanta.

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ACSM Members Lead the Way with Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
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Superstorm Sandy roared through the Northeastern U.S., wreaking havoc that ranged from inconvenience to utter devastation. As always, such a disaster reminds us of our priorities and reaffirms what we truly value. ACSM, its leaders, membership and staff offer heartfelt support for all those affected—particularly our friends and professional colleagues.

Some ACSM members have gone beyond prayers, supportive statements and cash donations to bring much-needed supplies and provide other help to those affected by Sandy.

Jordan Metzl, M.D., FACSM, had been poised to run the New York Marathon. When Sandy forced cancellation, he organized a Facebook group of almost 1300 runners who took to the Staten Island ferry, then hoofed it through the streets with supplies. In a heartwarming bit of irony, photos show grateful residents accepting bottled water from runners.

Felicia Stoler, DCN, FACSM, president of the Greater New York Regional Chapter, rallied her network to provide most-needed supplies. She also probed for contacts with companies that could supply needed items in bulk. No doubt other members jumped in to help wherever possible, showing the camaraderie and generosity that binds us together as part of the larger community.


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Don't Miss Free Online Content from ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal®
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Check out the two free featured articles from the November/December 2012 issue of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® at www.acsm-healthfitness.org. Featured articles for this issue include results from the seventh annual "Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2013," by Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, and the On the Floor column, "Extreme Conditioning on Campus: Cracking Open A University Box," by Mary E. Sanders, Ph.D., FACSM, and James A. Fitzsimmons, Ed.D. The articles are available free-of-charge only until December 27, so download your copies today.

Evidence Based Practice Committee Seeks Your Input on Position Stand Content
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In July 2012, ACSM hired Lynette L. Craft, PhD as its first Vice President for Evidence Based Practice and Scientific Affairs. Dr. Craft will work with the Evidence Based Practice (EBP) committee to guide the College in its efforts to ensure that scientific communications, educational materials and programming, and other similar resources are evidence based. The EBP committee members include Janice L. Thompson, PhD, FACSM (chair); Clinton Brawner, MS, RCEP, FACSM; Diane DellaValle, PhD, RD; Sheila Dugan, MD, FACSM; Anne Fish, PhD, RN, FAHA; Linda Pescatello, PhD, FACSM; and Oscar Suman, PhD, FACSM.

The ACSM position stand on Exercise and Hypertension, published in 2004, was the first position stand developed by the College using an evidence based review.

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Policy Corner: 113th Congress Elected; Potential for Impact to Science and Research Policies
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After a very grueling U.S. campaign season, the votes have been cast and tallied, and it is now time to look to the future of what the next legislative session might look like in Congress. Despite rhetoric and political punditry, not much changed in Washington. President Obama was re-elected, the Democrats retained the majority in the U.S. Senate and the Republicans retained the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Please click here to view a report from Bloomberg which outlines the issues left to be considered in the few remaining days of the 112th Congress and what is expected in the 113th Congress. The budget passed by the new Congress could potentially have a significant effect on science and research funding.

ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition Advance Program Now Available
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ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition bridges the gap between the science of sports medicine and the practice of a fitness professional. Join us for the 2013 Summit March 12-15 at the Paris Las Vegas for new programming, keynote speakers, the hottest workouts and CECs that will engage and motivate you to make a positive change in your clients’ lives. View the advance program here.

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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.


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Two Guys Walk Into A Bar And A Free Fitness 'Movement' Is Born
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November. Waning light, biting winds. Toasty beds that say, "No, don't get up. Five more minutes."

It was just about a year ago that Bojan (pronounced Boyan) Mandaric and Brogan Graham faced the November problem head-on over a couple of beers at a Boston pub.

Back when they were rowing buddies on the Northeastern University crew team, they knew they had to get up to work out or else they’d let down the rest of the boat. But now they were grown-ups, thirtyish, with real jobs and long workdays, and no teammates depending on them. Every fall and winter, their fitness slid.

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So they started to meet up at 6:30 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings, "running stadiums" — bounding up the concrete seats — or steep hills, throwing in push-ups or burpees. Just the two of them, tracking their progress on a Google doc labeled "November Project."

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The Hottest Fitness Trends of 2013
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If you swear by curls, pull-ups, crunches, and other low-maintenance workout routines, consider yourself a trendsetter. Strength training and body-weight training will be among the most popular fitness trends of 2013, according to a new survey released by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

In the seventh annual ACSM survey, 3,346 international health and fitness professional ranked thirty-seven emerging trends in fitness. Their votes culminated in a list of the top 20 fitness trends of 2013—and it included a few surprises:

Body-weight training made the top ten for the first time. Body-weight training involves minimal equipment, and includes classic exercises like pull-ups, pushups, and sit-ups.

Pilates and stability-ball training didn’t make the top twenty. "They're fads, not trends," says Walter Thompson, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology and health at Georgia State University and spokesperson for the ACSM American Fitness Index. True trends, like strength training, remain on the list for four or five years.



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