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In this issue:

Active Voice: Overcoming Fear of Movement due to Back Pain
  in the Obese Older Adult
ACSM Health & Fitness Summit Coming to Phoenix in March 2015
Join the ACSM Faculty Network
Call for Nominations: FASEB Excellence in Science Award
Give Back to ACSM: Donate to Scholarship or Travel Funds Today
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Active Voice: Overcoming Fear of Movement due to Back Pain in the Obese Older Adult
By Heather K. Vincent, Ph.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Dr. Heather Vincent is a research faculty member in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Florida (UF) College of Medicine in Gainesville, Fla. She is the director of the Human Dynamics Research Laboratories and UF Sports Performance Center. Her research is focused on developing appropriate exercise-based interventions for obesity to improve the physiological, mechanical and psychological disease risk factors and attenuate musculoskeletal disease progression. She is currently serving on the ACSM Consumer Information Committee.

This commentary presents Dr. Vincent’s views related to a research article she and her colleagues had published in the September 2014 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® (MSSE).

Physical activity is recommended to obese individuals by their doctors for weight loss and overall joint heath. Activities that increase caloric expenditure are helpful for reducing weight and offloading the joints of the body. However, obese individuals commonly experience low back or knee pain during exercise, leading them to avoid exercise. Avoidance behavior initiates a cycle of continued weight gain, worsened joint pain, pain catastrophizing, fear of movement (termed kinesiophobia) and disability.

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ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition Coming to Phoenix in March 2015
Whether you're a certified health practitioner, a fitness professional working in the industry or a student about to embark on a new career, you'll find education, inspiration and networking opportunities at the ACSM Summit next spring. Here's just a few of the great benefits you'll get from attending the summit:
  • Enjoy daily workouts and hands-on workshops designed to help you elevate your health/fitness knowledge and services.
  • Attend research-backed lectures to hear the latest developments. Earn up to 25 continuing education credits (CECs) while learning from, and connecting with, respected researchers, experts, speakers and trainers in the health and fitness field.
  • Learn about the latest technological innovations and trends
  • Leave the summit with a host of practical ideas and applications supported by credible, evidence-based information and ACSM’s trusted brand.
The ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition will be held March 31- April 3 at the Hyatt Regency in Phoenix, Ariz. View the summit program information or register today!

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Become a member of the ACSM Faculty Network
Are you a university faculty member? Are you interested in helping your students learn more about their field, finding opportunities for students to present and publish research, and sharing tools that can help them develop a successful career path? If so, then get involved with the ACSM Faculty Network today! There's no cost to join the network and, as a member, you will receive periodic email updates with resources and discounts you can pass along to your students throughout the year.

From networking opportunities and career services to cutting-edge research and education, ACSM is committed to providing you and your students with the benefits you need today. Students can become a member of ACSM for just $10 — don't miss this opportunity to get involved. Visit the Faculty Network page on the ACSM website and join today.

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Call for Nominations: FASEB Excellence in Science Award
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, of which ACSM is a member society, is seeking nominations for its 2016 Excellence in Science Award that recognizes the significant accomplishments of women scientists. We look forward to another list of nominees that reads like a ‘Who’s Who’ of international science, containing the names of outstanding women in science who have accomplished scientific work of lasting impact and have also contributed substantially to training the next generation of scientists.

Nominators and their candidates must be members of a FASEB member society. Self-nominations will not be accepted. All nominations must be submitted on the FASEB Excellence in Science Award website. Access to the site will be available as of January 1, 2015 by clicking here. Nominations must be submitted on the FASEB award website by March 1, 2015.

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Give Back to ACSM: Donate to Scholarship or Travel Funds Today
For more than 25 years, the ACSM Foundation has offset the membership costs, financed the conferences and funded the vital programs you've enjoyed most as a member.

Now, we need your help to pay it forward. Will you please give a $50 gift — or one that is meaningful to you — to the ACSM Foundation? A gift will help students and young professionals — the future of ACSM's continued success — benefit from the same membership, conferences and programs you've enjoyed throughout the years.

In 2013, more than $55,000 was donated to the foundation. Let's make this year the most successful yet! For more information or to donate to ACSM scholarship or travel funds, click here.

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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.

9 Food, Dining and Fitness Trends we'll See in 2015
U.S. News & World Report
Will 2015 be the year of ugly vegetables, fermented food and high-intensity interval training? Experts are beginning to weigh in on 2015 trends, and there are some interesting predictions that indicate we're expanding our palates and yearning for changes to our exercise regime. Here are some of the top predictions for food, restaurant and fitness trends.
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Exercise, Physical Therapy May Help Ease Pain of Arthritis
HealthDay News via The Philadelphia Inquirer
Regular exercise and physical therapy may benefit people with hip and knee arthritis, new research suggests.

The study included 206 people with hip and knee osteoarthritis, average age 66, who were divided into two groups. One group received usual care, while the other group had regular exercise, physical therapy or both added to their standard care.

After two years, those who did exercise and/or physical therapy had greater improvements in pain, stiffness and physical function than those who received usual medical care alone, the investigators found.

The study findings are scheduled for presentation Saturday at the American College of Rheumatology's annual meeting in Boston. Research presented at meetings should be considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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