Halfway through my term as editor of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®, I find myself looking back and once again appreciating the outstanding contributions of my predecessors, Lawrence A. Golding, Ph.D., FACSM, and Edward T. Howley, Ph.D., FACSM. Dr. Golding is credited with not only helping launch and shape the Journal during its formative years but also for setting its premise of linking science with practice; not to mention the creation of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition. Dr. Howley maintained that same vision and also broadened and advanced the structure and scope of the articles and columns published in each issue. For their hard work, I remain deeply appreciative.
In the spirit of building on all the good the Journal represents, I am pleased to share that, during my first 2 years as editor, I’ve tried to focus my efforts on serving the educational needs of our grassroots health, fitness, and nutrition professionals. Specifically, we’ve focused on publishing articles that address basic and advanced topics germane to community and client-based fitness and nutrition programming. Also, we’ve added nearly 20 new members to the editorial board to ensure that all articles are reviewed by experts who are current in the practice of their respective subject areas.
In addition, it gives me great pleasure to announce that we’ve added Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM, as associate editor-in-chief. Dr. Roy has an extensive background in both medical and community fitness, and he will help ensure that the Journal remains contemporary and evidence based. At this time, I wish to formally thank William Bourque, M.B.A., for his 6 years of service as the associate editor for the Business Side column. His work has always been relevant and of the highest quality. With his departure, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Jennifer L. Bacon, M.S., as the incoming associate editor, and as part of this transition, we will be changing the name of the column to Business Edge.
Finally, please keep an eye out for the Journal’s first thematic issue since 2005, to be published in the March/April issue. This format involves devoting all of the feature articles in one issue to a specific topic or theme. The March/April thematic issue is under the leadership of guest editor Carl Foster, Ph.D., FACSM, and will focus on the training, nutritional, and medical issues that casual runners confront as they increase their training volume to run a half-marathon. In the fall, a second thematic issue will be published, devoted to the topic of higher-intensity interval training.
As always, we have a great list of feature articles in this issue of the Journal. First, Jie Kang, Ph.D., FACSM, and Nicholas A. Ratamess, Ph.D., address the often asked question, “Which Comes First? Resistance Before Aerobic Exercise or Vice Versa?” Second, Lisa Huynh, M.D., and Gary P. Chimes, M.D., Ph.D., contribute much in their article, “Get the Lowdown on Low Back Pain in Athletes.” Finally, to help bridge the gap between patient care and fitness, Marcus W. Kilpatrick, Ph.D., and Carlos Rodriguez, M.D., introduce “What You Need to Know: Basic Pharmacology for Health and Fitness Practitioners.” Clearly, as more and more patients with chronic diseases use exercise in the management of their disease, they do so while being treated with prescribed medicines. Before closing, I draw your attention to the excellent columns in this issue, as highlighted in the attached feature box.
Wishing you my very best for a happy and healthy 2014.
Our associate editors continue to do an outstanding job of providing well-written summaries on a wide variety of topics of importance to the fitness professional.
* Fitness Focus: This copy-and-share column discusses ski/snowboarding injuries and prevention.
* Wouldn’t You Like to Know?: Dogs: Can They Help Promote Human Health?
* Research Bites: Benefits of Trekking Poles; Do More Housework?; Continuing the Functional Training Versus Conventional Strength Training Debate
* A Nutritionist’s View: Tart Cherry Juice and Inflammatory Response
* The Legal Aspects: Philosophy and Standards, Part 2
* Business Edge: Find Your Best Fitness “Fit”
* Worksite Health Promotion: Best Practice Design Principles of Worksite Health and Wellness Programs
* Take Ten: Ten Steps Health/Fitness Professionals Take to Improve Their Listening Skills
Steven J. Keteyian, Ph.D., FACSM
Henry Ford Hospital