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In this issue:

Active Voice: Exercise and the Heart – 150 Years of Risks and Rewards
Foundation Seeks Prominent Physicians for Clinical Scholars Program
Policy Corner: Help Shape Obesity Prevention for People with Disabilities
Don’t Miss ESSR’s Exclusive Online Content
ACSM Releases Three New Textbooks
Sports Medicine & Exercise Science Headlines

Active Voice: Exercise and the Heart — 150 Years of Risks and Rewards
By Vanessa Heggie, Ph.D.    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.

Vanessa Heggie, Ph.D., is a teaching associate in the Department of History & Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. She has recently published a book on the history of British sports medicine, and she has worked on the history of sports science and exercise physiology. Her current projects include a book on the use of athletes in physiology experiments and a study of “extreme physiology” and scientific expeditions. SMB became aware of Dr. Heggie’s full-length scholarly paper on this topic. For her expanded discussion, see “A Century of Cardiomythology: Exercise and the Heart, c.1880-1980.”

Surveying the relationship between exercise and health over the past 150 years shows how difficult it has been to forge a medical consensus about the risks and rewards of physical activity. This is particularly obvious in the case of cardiac health and disease, where a major challenge has been the problem of defining ”normal” function and the acceptable range of deviation in size, rhythm, performance, etc., before physiological variation becomes pathological development. Historically, this has been further complicated by the absence of technologies for visualising the functioning human heart. Early techniques of auscultation, percussion and primitive X-ray were so subject to error that accurate measurements of the moving heart were almost impossible to collect.

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Foundation Seeks Prominent Physicians for Clinical Scholars Program
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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is now accepting applications for their prestigious Clinical Scholars Program. The RWJF and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) developed this program to foster the development of physicians who will lead the transformation of Americans’ health and health care. These future leaders will conduct innovative research and work with communities, organizations, practitioners and policy makers to address issues essential to the health and well-being of all Americans.

Applicants must be committed to a career in academic medicine, public health, health policy or another career congruent with the program’s purpose and priorities; be highly regarded by those responsible for their clinical training; intend to complete the clinical requirements of their residency training by the date of entry into the program (except for surgeons); and be U.S. Citizens, Resident Non-Citizen Nationals or Resident Foreign Nationals.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 29, 2012 at 5 p.m. ET. Twenty scholars will be chosen in 2012 for appointments beginning July 1, 2013. The first year scholar stipend is $64,500 with an increase the second year. In some cases, VA stipends may be higher.

Policy Corner: Help Shape Obesity Prevention for People with Disabilities
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It’s gratifying to plant a notion and see it bear fruit. Take the Inclusive Fitness Coalition for example. ACSM and the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability launched IFC in 2007 to address policy, environmental and societal issues associated with the lack of inclusion and access to physical activity among people with disabilities.

Today, the Inclusive Fitness Coalition is an active player with a strong roster of member organizations and a dynamic sense of engagement. The IFC’s Jessica Madrigal invites advocates for increased opportunities for physical activity across the spectrum of ability to help influence the CDC’s obesity-prevention strategies for people with disabilities.

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Don't Miss ESSR's Exclusive Online Content
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Exercise and Sports Sciences Reviews editor-in-chief Priscilla Clarkson, Ph.D., FACSM, has marked articles that may be of special interest in each issue, and this additional coverage is only available online. The article is free, but it is only available for the duration of the issue. Act now to download the latest article for free from the ESSR website! ACSM professional members* have access to all previously covered articles as part of their membership.

*ACSM members should first log in to the ACSM website (www.acsm.org). They can then click “Access My Journals” to find a link to ESSR. Once on the journal website, go to the Topical Collection to access the articles.

1,300,000 Research Subjects Available

Anytime Fitness, the world’s largest fitness club chain, serves more than a million members eager to participate in your next research project. As a founding partner in the Exercise IS Medicine initiative, Anytime Fitness members have participated in research projects which garnered international media attention. Washington Post Article

Contact: Brian.Z@anytimefitness.com. www.anytimefitness.com

ACSM Releases Three New Textbooks
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Last month, ACSM added three new or updated textbooks to its notable library of publications. The three new texts are:

ACSM’s Resources for the Group Exercise Instructor – a certification textbook giving you the knowledge and skills you need to effectively lead group exercise. The text covers topics such as leadership, class design, legal issues and responsibilities, and exercise science. Accompanying videos demonstrate how techniques detailed in the book can be put to use during a group exercise class. Order ACSM’s Resources for the Group Exercise Instructor online for $67.95 USD.

ACSM’s Foundations of Strength & Conditioning – an undergraduate textbook offering a comprehensive introduction to the basics of strength and conditioning based on the latest research findings. The text focuses on practical applications, enabling students to develop, implement and assess the results of training programs that are designed to optimize strength, power and athletic performance. Order ACSM’s Foundations of Strength & Conditioning online for $89 USD.

ACSM’s Advanced Exercise Physiology (2nd edition) – a graduate textbook enabling experienced students to develop an in-depth understanding of exercise physiology and its related topics and applications. Both the immediate and long-term effects of exercise on individual body systems are described in the text, and it emphasizes how each body system’s physiological response to exercise is interdependent. Order ACSM’s Advanced Exercise Physiology online for $114.95 USD.


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.

Runners Can Relax About Holiday Feasting: Study
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Good news for high-mileage runners: They may be able to help themselves to an extra serving at holiday meals because variations in diet are less likely to affect them, researchers say.

The new study included nearly 107,000 runners who were grouped according to the distance they run each day: less than 1.2 miles (under 2 kilometers [km]); 1.2 to 2.4 miles (2 to 4 km); 2.4 to 3.7 miles (4 to 6 km); 3.7 to nearly 5 miles (6 to 8 km); and about 5 miles (8 km) or more.

Knee Arthritis Strikes at Younger Age, Weight Loss May Help
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Arthritis of the knee is striking Americans at younger ages, new research has found, but shedding a few pounds if you're overweight may reduce your risk.

The studies were to be presented Saturday at the American College of Rheumatology annual meeting, in Chicago.

New Guidelines on Frequent Cause of Sudden Death in Athletes
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When an athlete dies suddenly on the court or playing field, often an undiagnosed heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the cause.

Now new guidelines aim to shine a light on the diagnosis and treatment of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), a disorder that affects an estimated 600,000 Americans.

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