Note from Editor-in-Chief William O. Roberts
It is officially summer and just a few days past the solstice. The Men’s World Cup is in full swing with the round of 16 about to begin. We have witnessed the first referee stoppage of play for rest and fluids due to heat in a World Cup match. A call well made in my opinion, if not a few minutes of play late. We also saw a player knocked out on the field and allowed to return to play without enough time for any real evaluation by the medical team. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) will have to address its stance on concussion and reconcile it with the actions on the world watched field of play.
This issue of Current Sports Medicine Reports covers Nutrition & Ergogenic Aids and Exercise is Medicine topics with a little something for every reader. The longest days of summer are already in the rear view mirror and many of our patients are gearing up their exercise programs. This issue’s emphasis on Exercise is Medicine provides insight into the array of patients who will benefit from regular exercise. The challenge is often finding ways to exercise in all twelve months of the year. While summer is great here in the northern tier, the southern states battle heat and humidity that makes outdoor exercise difficult and sometimes dangerous. The opposite is true in the north, where winters can seem long and oppressive. Section Editor Robert E. Sallis, MD, FACSM, has coordinated a wide ranging segment of Exercise is Medicine were you will learn more about how the powerful effects of physical activity can aid with prediabetes, prehypertension, cancer treatment, schizophrenia, and an individual’s lipid profile. This section also covers the impact of fitness on the obesity paradox, community fitness center-based physical activity interventions, and setting the standards for medically-based running analysis.
The Nutrition Section under the direction of Editor Thomas H. Trojian, MD, FACSM, features a pair of articles on eating disorders including “A Summary of the 2014 Female Athlete Triad Coalition Consensus Statement” stressing the importance of energy balance in athletes. There also are four very interesting and provocative Invited Commentaries: “Is Rest the Best Intervention for Concussion? Lessons Learned from the Whiplash Model;” “Why Obesity Should Be Treated as a Disease;” “Exercise Prescription: Who’s the Pharm D?;” and “To Screen or Not to Screen? Screening Blood Tests in Elite Athletes;” in addition to our regular features.
Pearls & Pitfalls looks at the salt paradox, specifically addressing the question should everyone reduce his/her sodium intake. Scanning Sports Medicine covers the latest clinical research published by the American College of Sports Medicine, and Web Alerts reviews several interesting Web sites. Our Clinician Profile features Chad A. Asplund, MD, MPH, FACSM, a member of the journal’s editorial board and an active member of ACSM since 2003.
As a side note, some of you might be interested in attending ACSM’s Conference on Integrative Physiology of Exercise this September in Miami Beach, Florida. I encourage you to visit http://www.acsm.org/attend-a-meeting/IPE2014 for more information or to register.
Lastly, you’ll want to take a look at a recent white paper released by the Bipartisan Policy Center on how to improve nutrition and physical activity training for MDs. The paper can be viewed at: http://bipartisanpolicy.org/library/report/teaching-nutrition-and-physical-activity-medical-school-training-doctors-prevention.
William O. Roberts, MD, MS, FACSM