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Active Voice: Cheerleaders At Risk Without Safeguards Afforded to Competitive Athletes
Tell Us What You Want to See in SMB
Policy Corner: Concussion at the Forefront, With ACSM Leading the Way
ACSM and U.S. Department of Defense Stage Expert Panel on High Intensity Training, Improvement of Functional Outcomes, and Reduction of Injury Risk
Join People to People and ACSM on a Sports Medicine Delegation to India
Staff Member Sue Hilt Celebrates 25 Years with ACSM
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Active Voice: Cheerleaders At Risk Without Safeguards Afforded to Competitive Athletes
By Toni Torres-McGehee, Ph.D., ATC    Share    Share on
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Active Voice is a column by experts in science, medicine and allied health. The viewpoints expressed do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

Toni Torres-McGehee, Ph.D., ATC, is an ACSM member and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training at the University of South Carolina. Her research focus is eating disorders and body image in female collegiate athletes. She presented results of a study related to this commentary at ACSM’s Annual Meeting and World Congress on Exercise is Medicine®, held in Baltimore in June 2010.

The pressure to be thin and look physically fit is highest in aesthetic sports, including cheerleading. Throughout the last decade, collegiate cheerleading squads have become more dynamic, competitive and athletic, thus requiring greater physical demands and advanced skills (e.g., tumbling, building pyramids and tossing one other in the air). Not only are cheerleaders expected to represent their institutions at athletic events, they are required to coordinate “spirit-raising” events, prepare for national competition and maintain academic success. Body image pressures for female collegiate cheerleaders may arise from the coach, stunt partner and/or the viewing audience. More specifically, these cheerleaders spend a lot of time in the spotlight, with the realization that many fans or spectators from televised athletic games are evaluating their image.

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Tell Us What You Want To See In SMB
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Policy Corner: Concussion at the Forefront, With ACSM Leading the Way
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The dangers of concussion in sport receive a startling reminder each time a professional athlete is prominently concussed. For every such incident, though, many more youth and collegiate athletes are put at risk through traumatic brain injury in play or practice. Lately, heightened awareness among professionals and their leagues has elevated the profile of concussion issues at every level.

Recent developments include:
  • Passage in several states of effective concussion laws based on Washington’s Zackery Lystedt Law
  • Approval by the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee of the Concussion Treatment and Care Tools (ConTACT) Act. The bill’s sponsors have asked for ACSM’s cooperation and guidance.
  • Scheduling of a hearing (this Thursday, Sept. 23) of the House Education Committee regarding the proposed Protecting Athletes from Concussions Act, developed in consultation with ACSM experts.
  • Presentation of a briefing (Sept. 23, following the hearing) for Members of Congress and legislative staff. Co-sponsored by ACSM and the National Football League (NFL), the briefing will feature several ACSM experts to discuss concussion and recommend policy solutions. ACSM members in the Washington, D.C. area are invited to participate. More

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ACSM and U.S. Department of Defense Stage Expert Panel on High Intensity Training, Improvement of Functional Outcomes, and Reduction of Injury Risk
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Last week, ACSM and the U.S. Department of Defense convened a closed expert panel on High Intensity Training (HIT) in Washington, D.C. The intent of this panel was to discuss the merits of HIT programs, outline guidelines for safe implementation and develop a research agenda.

The collaborative group met and refined the terminology of the HIT program to include extreme training programs as well as extreme conditioning. The group did not focus on any one commercial program. The panel included representatives from every U.S. military branch.

The initial paper on this topic will be a guidance document written by Michael Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM, and Bradley Nindl, Ph.D., FACSM, who represent ACSM and the U.S. Military respectively. The collaborative forsees additional papers to provide guidelines and standards, train trainers and offer valuable information to civilian and military users.

Further research will focus on systematizing collection of related injury data. ACSM thanks Col. Francis G. O’Connor, M.D., M.P.H., FACSM, who convened the meeting at Uniform Services University in Bethesda, MD. Dr. O’Connor is the lead for the military and the impetus for this important collaboration with ACSM.

Join People to People and ACSM on a Sports Medicine Delegation to India
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Dr. Larry Durstine, a Past President of ACSM, invites you to join him for a unique overseas cultural and professional exchange opportunity. People to People Ambassador Programs is coordinating a delegation of sports medicine professionals who will travel to India from Dec. 12-20. The delegation will combine educational activities and meetings focused on sports medicine and physical fitness with cultural activities highlighting the sights and sounds of India. Delegates will enjoy insider views of the sports medicine system in India and experience the culture in ways that most travelers never do – from taking in the panoramic views of the Taj Mahal to observing professional counterparts in their element.

Program details are available by calling (877) 787-2000 or by e-mailing citizens@peopletopeople.com. A direct link to the itinerary can be found online at http://www.peopletopeople.com/larrydurstine. Please consider joining this exciting exchange!

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Staff Member Sue Hilt Celebrates 25 Years with ACSM
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This week, ACSM’s Senior Director of Education and CME Activities, Sue Hilt, celebrates her 25-year anniversary with the College. Sue’s milestone anniversary represents her very special commitment to the College and its members, and we thank her for her unparalleled service.

For those of you who don’t know Sue, she is an outstanding professional who has played a key role in developing many of the College’s professional educational activities, including the ACSM Annual Meeting, Team Physician Course, Advanced Team Physician Course and the International Team Physician Course. Sue has also ensured that the College’s CME activities are in compliance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Sue has several achievements and numerous contributions to ACSM within her committee work as well.

ACSM Executive Vice President and CEO Jim Whitehead said, “My staff is always a wonderful blend of excellence: new highly talented people, terrific individuals in mid-stride of their career at ACSM, great professionals who pursue other options with organizations but ultimately want to return to ACSM, and extraordinary persons who make a constant and profound commitment to ACSM and the field. Sue is magnificent from any perspective. I admire Sue and thank her for the exceptional contributions she has made and will continue to do so.”

Members – please join us in recognizing Sue Hilt for her 25 years of service and the rest of the ACSM staff for their dedication and contributions to the College.


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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.


For Better Smarts and Grades - Try Fencing
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Fencing - Physical Chess. The clichés surrounding the sport highlight the fact that successful fencers are very smart people. Is this the result of smart people fencing, or that fencing makes people smarter?

Recent studies are showing that the latter is true, so head out to the fencing sale, learn some moves, and boost your brainpower!

The science is in: physical activity boosts your brainpower. Intuitively, it seems natural that physical fitness would be linked to sharper intelligence, and according to a recent presentation at the 57th Annual Meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), exercise makes you smarter. This is good news for everyone, but particularly so for kids in school looking to make the grade.

In Basketball, Danger of Head Trauma
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During basketball practice last year, 12-year-old Nicole Dehart was shooting the ball when a defender tried aggressively to block her shot. The two players made contact, and Nicole hit the floor headfirst.

“The way she was hit took her whole body out from under her, and she landed directly on her head,” said her mother, Christine White, of Pataskala, Ohio. “We immediately knew this was serious. She was very confused and looking at people like she didn’t know who they were.”

At the hospital, doctors diagnosed a concussion — an increasingly common injury in youth basketball, particularly among girls, yet one that has yet to gain widespread attention. In fact, Ms. White said, she knew enough to worry about concussions — but when Nicole played soccer, not basketball. “I worried more about broken bones, being that it is a hard floor,” she said. “But the physical contact of basketball is a lot like football inside.”

Study Shows You Can Fight Insomnia with Exercise
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A recent study has shown that aerobic exercise combats insomnia. A press release posted today on Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News entitled "Aerobic exercise relieves insomnia" details the findings of the study conducted by Kathryn Reid and her team at Northwestern Medicine. To sum up the findings, the release states, "The aerobic exercise trial resulted in the most dramatic improvement in patients' reported quality of sleep, including sleep duration, compared to any other non-pharmacological intervention." That's big news, considering the article makes mention of the 50 percent of middle-aged Americans -- the demographic that was studied -- who experience some insomnia. More
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