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Active Voice: Train the Developing Brain: Beyond Sets and Reps
Congratulations to the 2014 ACSM Honor and Citation Award Recipients
Policy Corner: Congress Treads Lightly Facing Budget Woes
$20,000 Clinical Research Grant Available; Apply by Feb. 14
Legacy Recognition of a Distinctive ACSM Staff Executive: Jane Senior, AEVP, Research Administration and Programs
Time is Running Out — Download Free ESSR Article Today
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Active Voice: Train the Developing Brain: Beyond Sets and Reps
By Avery D. Faigenbaum, Ed.D., FACSM and Gregory D. Myer, Ph.D., FACSM
Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Avery D. Faigenbaum, Ed.D., FACSM, is a Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science at The College of New Jersey where his research interests focus on the health and fitness benefits of integrative strength and conditioning on children and adolescents.

Gregory. D. Myer, Ph.D., FACSM, is the Director of Research and the Human Performance Laboratory for the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Myer’s research interests focus on injury biomechanics, human performance, pediatric exercise science and preventive medicine.

This commentary presents Dr. Faigenbaum's and Dr. Myer's views associated with an article they coauthored with other colleagues and which appears in the September/October 2013 issue of ACSM’s
Current Sports Medicine Reports.

Nationwide, fewer school-age youth participate regularly in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) and the decline and disinterest in play and games appears to progress steadily after age six. The prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adolescents is a major public health concern and the World Health Organization now recognizes physical inactivity as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality for non-communicable diseases. Yet, despite the fact that schools are an ideal setting for public health initiatives, daily physical education taught by well-trained specialists is provided in only 4% of elementary schools, 8% of middle schools, and 2% of high schools in the United States (for added information, see:

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Congratulations to the 2014 ACSM Honor and Citation Award Recipients

The ACSM Awards and Tributes Committee invites you to congratulate the 2014 Honor and Citation Award recipients. The Honor and Citation Awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of sports medicine and/or exercise science. The following recipients will be recognized at the 2014 ACSM Annual Meeting in Orlando.

Honor Award Recipient:

James Skinner, Ph.D., FACSM
Brevard, North Carolina

Citation Award Recipients:

Thomas Best, M.D., Ph.D., FACSM
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

Bente Kiens, Ph.D., Sc.D.
University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark

Victor Matsudo, M.D. and Sandra Mahecha Matsudo, M.D., Ph.D.
Sao Paulo, Brazil

James Pivarnik, Ph.D., FACSM
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

Paul Thompson, M.D., FACSM
Hartford Hospital
Hartford, Connecticut

Antronette Yancey, M.D. (Posthumous)
UCLA School of Public Health
Los Angeles, California

The Awards and Tributes Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Honor and Citation Awards. The nomination deadline is April 15, 2014. For Honor Award descriptions and nomination instructions, click here.

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Policy Corner: Congress Treads Lightly Facing Budget Woes

ACSM has been following the recent budget debate with great interest. Issues like sequestration and reduced funding for research make it critical that ACSM provide input to the Congress on how their decisions affect ACSM members. Below is an article from CQ Weekly that discusses the recent budget negotiations in Congress. If you have any additional questions, please contact Monte Ward, Vice President of Government Relations, at

After opening the first House-Senate budget conference in four years with hopeful talk about finding common ground, lawmakers very quickly lowered their sights to seek a limited agreement that would meet the most minimal of aims and thrill no one on Capitol Hill.

This minimalist approach came as no surprise. Political reality has long led lawmakers to focus most on not giving ground on the core fiscal policy principles that define the two parties.

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$20,000 Clinical Research Grant Available; Apply by Feb. 14

The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine will offer the ACSM Foundation-AMSSM Foundation Clinical Research Grant Award again in 2014, after a very successful first year of the grant program.

Proposals are now being accepted and are due by February 14, 2014. The maximum total grant is $20,000, awarded for a single research grant application for a time period of a two-year grant cycle period.

The purpose of the ACSMF-AMSSMF Clinical Research Grant Award is to foster original scientific investigations with a strong clinical focus among physician members of ACSM and AMSSM. The ACSMF-AMSSMF Clinical Research Grant Award Review Committee (CGRC) seeks research proposals that investigate research questions within the broad discipline of sports medicine. This includes proposals to study clinical practice, injury prevention and rehabilitation, basic science, epidemiology and education.

Proposals must be led by a physician who is a member of both ACSM and AMSSM.

Application information is available on the AMSSM website under the Research tab on the drop-down selection Research Grants. If you have questions, please contact AMSSM Research Committee Chair Suzanne Hecht, MD, at or Jody Gold at

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Legacy Recognition of a Distinctive ACSM Staff Executive: Jane Senior, AEVP, Research Administration and Programs

ACSM benefits from the contributions of a talented and dedicated staff, and we like to note milestone of their service. Jane Gleason Senior, Assistant Executive Vice President for Research Administration and Programs, has been an asset to the College for 15 years. Jane began her career with ACSM as Research Development Manager on December 14, 1998. Her diligence and professional abilities earned her rapid promotions to Director of Research and subsequently to AEVP of Research Advancement and Communications.

Jane has made numerous contributions to the College, including advising and coordinating research-related activities such as research roundtables, specialty conferences and expert panels. Jane has also made invaluable contributions through researching and writing grant proposals, as well as serving as liaison to multiple ACSM committees and special project teams.

We invite those who know Jane to thank her for 15 years of service to ACSM. (Contact:

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Time is Running Out — Download Free ESSR Article Today

What is the relationship between the molecular clock, skeletal muscle, and exercise? Visit the Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews (ESSR) website to download the Journal Club questions and covered article, "Circadian Rhythms, Skeletal Muscle Molecular Clocks, and Exercise" by authors Elizabeth A. Schroder and Karyn A. Esser. The article can be downloaded for FREE, but only until the end of the year.

Journal Club questions are designed to improve comprehension of the article and help the reader better apply the material — perfect for classroom discussion or individual student review. Past covered articles are available* on the ESSR website and include:
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* Access varies by membership type. ACSM members should first log into their account at the ACSM website. Once logged in, click the "Access My Journals" link in the red box. Click on the journal title on the next page.

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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.

Tips for Walking 30 Minutes a Day
San Francisco Chronicle
It's that time of year when the holiday rush is setting in. You're probably at the stage where you're finally turkeyed out, busy hopping from one party to the next and buying gifts for loved ones. Before the hustle and bustle sets in, keep something in mind this holiday season.

A couple of months ago, at the first National Walking Summit, Dr. Robert Sallis spoke about what he called "a magic drug." Sallis, chairman for the Exercise is Medicine initiative and former president of the American College of Sports Medicine, said this drug could reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease, manage stress and depression, and decrease premature death. Side effects include increased confidence, stronger muscles and bones, and sweating.

This drug, Sallis said, could be taken any time of the day, with a recommended duration of use of 30 minutes a day, and was encouraged for recreational use.

This drug is walking. Sallis said at the Washington, D.C., summit that if walking came in a tablet form, it would be the most prescribed drug in world.

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When PE is an Elective, Schools Finding New Ways to Keep Kids Active
Cronkite News
Seventh- and eighth-grade boys line up at the line of scrimmage, waiting for the snap. The quarterback calls for the ball and floats a pass to his receiver in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown.

But this game doesn't count for anything. There aren't any fans cheering the boys on. The only feedback comes from Ryan Durst, a physical education teacher at Payne Junior High School.

PE isn't a required course at Payne Junior High, part of the Chandler Unified School District, and Arizona state law doesn't require students at this grade level to take it. But for the roughly 700 students who take it as an elective here, it's an intense workout. Each class is an hour and 12 minutes, two to three times a week. There is no sitting down in class; it's constant movement.

The strategy to promote fitness and health extends to lunch on Wednesdays and Fridays, when PE instructors and student teachers organize sports such as volleyball, basketball and table tennis.

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