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Active Voice: Bullying in "Professional" Sports – Another Opportunity to Teach Our Youth
Register Now: ACSM Health and Fitness Summit, April 2014 in Atlanta
Policy Corner: Share Your Expertise as an ACSM Policy Advisor
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Active Voice: Bullying in "Professional" Sports – Another Opportunity to Teach Our Youth

I got off easy in high school football – “welcomed” as a freshman with a requirement to perform a few embarrassing skits and bringing the upperclassmen water. While one might consider this "gentle hazing," this type of behavior has no place in sports, often quickly crosses a line into bullying and can have harsh consequences, intended or not. Take a moment to read these editorials by Michael Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM and David Coppel, Ph.D., and reflect on your experiences both as a young athlete, and now, as one working with young athletes. This is a problem and we can all be part of a solution.

William W. Dexter, M.D., FACSM
President, American College of Sports Medicine

Viewpoints presented in SMB represent opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

By Michael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM

Michael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM is the executive director of the National Youth Sports Health & Safety Institute and professor of pediatrics at Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota. Internationally recognized for his research and leadership in exercise-heat stress and youth athletic health, Dr. Bergeron is a Fellow and past trustee of the American College of Sports Medicine and is currently a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee. He is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the International Olympic Committee postgraduate Diploma Program in Sports Medicine.

Bullying in sports – it’s not new, unique to professional sports, or likely to be completely eliminated from the locker room, field, or court. But the recent high-profile incident of bullying in professional football has made an impression on and prompted numerous reactions from all who have read about or seen the story on television. Over the last week or more, it has been reported and talked about from seemingly every perspective. So what is the lesson that we teach our youth from this incident? That’s easy – respect. It’s having respect for oneself as a person and competitor. More
By David B. Coppel, Ph.D.

David B. Coppel is a Professor at the University of Washington and Director of Neuropsychological Services and Research for the Seattle Sports Concussion Program. His research and clinical interests that especially relate to this commentary include sport psychology interventions, neuropsychological evaluations, psychological consultations with athletes, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Dr. Coppel is a longtime consulting neuropsychologist with the Seattle Seahawks and currently serves as a member of ACSM’s Clinical Sports Medicine Leadership Committee.

Recent news stories regarding Miami Dolphins football players have generated debate and discussion, within and outside the sports community, regarding a wide range of issues. Based on available reports, issues have emerged ranging from concerns over the impact of hazing and/or bullying on players and teams, to what it means to be physically or mentally tough, to the role of team leaders and coaches in forming the team or locker room behavioral expectations. Does the sport or team culture (or subculture) play a role in creating expectations (or tolerances/allowances), and how does it respond to deviations from the norm? More

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Register Now: ACSM Health and Fitness Summit, April 2014 in Atlanta

The 2014 Summit is back at the Hilton Atlanta! You won’t want to miss the networking opportunities, exhibits and workouts. A wide range of disciplines are covered from nutrition, personal training and exercise program design, to sports medicine and professional development. By attending this meeting you’ll have the chance to not only listen to leaders in the Health and Fitness field talk about new advances and controversies, but you’ll also get to participate in hands-on workouts. If you’re interested in promoting health and fitness to people of all ages and capabilities, this meeting will expose you to a wide range of information and future job possibilities.

Register now for the 2014 ACSM Health and Fitness Summit, April 1-4 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Policy Corner: Share Your Expertise as an ACSM Policy Advisor

ACSM supports evidence-based public policy that encourages healthy lifestyles and the safe enjoyment of sports and other physical activities. ACSM’s Health and Science Policy Committee plays a big part in the process of reviewing and evaluating these public policy positions.

Recently, the Health & Science Policy Committee revamped its structure to create new subcommittees that will review public policy on an issue-by-issue basis. The committee is now looking for volunteers to serve as advisors to the various subcommittees. Advisors would be expected to review, examine and provide input on ACSM public policy positions at the federal, state and local level. NOTE: Advisors serve a supplementary role to appointed committee members. Their contributions, while greatly appreciated, do not come with the expectations of official committee appointments. This is a way to tap the expertise, insights and professional judgment of selected ACSM members without requiring their full committee service.

Listed below are the Health & Science Policy subcommittees.
  • Subcommittee on Clinical Medicine
  • Subcommittee on ActivEarth
  • Subcommittee on Research
  • Subcommittee on Professional Issues
  • Subcommittee on Population Health
If you are interested in serving as an advisor to one or more of these subcommittees or would like more information about serving as an advisor, please contact Monte Ward, Vice President of Government Relations, at

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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.

Outdoor Exercisers Can Reap Unexpected Benefits by Moving Indoors
Reuters via the Chicago Tribune
Road runners and cyclists may dread moving their exercise routines indoors as winter approaches but fitness experts say it could be an opportunity to fine-tune a familiar routine or a chance to discover new skills.

Jessica Matthews, a California-based yoga instructor and exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise, said road cyclists, racers and runners trickle into yoga classes.

"The cold weather might have forced them indoors but they discovered something," said Matthews, adding that a change in the weather can offer be a chance to supplement their workout with cross-training, group fitness classes or even workout DVDs.

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Easy Exercise Every Day: Getting Fit is All in a Day's Work
AS A nation, we all need to move more for the sake of our health but our best intentions are easily thwarted when we're busy. At times it can seem hard to fit in 30 minutes a week, let alone on most days.

"The key is to find some easy, clever ways to sneak extra activity into your normal day," says personal trainer Stuart Amory.

"If all you want to do when you get home is slump on the sofa you're better off finding a class that's on your route home or looking for ways of revving up your commute. If you're a morning person, think about what you can fit in on your way to work. Then there's your lunch break - an exercise opportunity just waiting to happen.

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