Happy Spring! The weather conditions this past winter were rough throughout the United States, and I, for one, will not miss shoveling snow… lots and lots of snow! It’s safe to say that the benefits of sticking with my long-time exercise program provided extra dividends for me this past winter.
Speaking of staying in shape, I am happy to report that ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® continues to do well based on a variety of metrics, including circulation, Web visits, and app visits. All parameters indicate that the Journal is healthy and providing quality content to its many readers. Earlier this year, you may have completed an online survey to provide us with your feedback on what you liked about the Journal, as well as areas in need of improvement. Results from that survey will be shared with you in an upcoming issue.
For this issue, it is with great pleasure that I introduce three excellent feature articles. The first is by Betul Sekendiz, M.Sc., Ph.D., and is titled “Personal Fitness Trainers Giving Tough Love: Risks and Consequences.” This is followed by a nice summary article written by Jacalyn J. Robert-McComb, Ph.D., FACSM, and Anne D. Loucks, Ph.D., FACSM, in which they describe the important issues associated with the female athlete triad. The triad is a clinical condition that knows no geographic boundaries and one that finds its way into our schools, universities, work places, and fitness centers. Rounding out this issue is “Neck Pain and Office Workers: An Exercise Program for the Workplace” by Anastasia Beneka, Ph.D.; Paraskevi Malliou, Ph.D., P.T.; and Asimenia Gioftsidou, Ph.D. Chronic neck pain is a debilitating disorder that can hamper worksite performance, and this article targets combating the problem using a work-based program.
As usual, we also include a stellar lineup of writings from our regular department and column contributors (see box insert). I bring to your attention this issue’s Legal Aspects column, written by guest columnists Sarah J. Young, Ph.D., CPRP; Margaret C. Keiper; Gil Fried, J.D.; Todd Seidler, Ph.D; and JoAnne M. Eickhoff-Shemek, Ph.D., FACSM. In this two-part essay (part 2 to run in the September/October 2014 issue), they address the popularity, safety, and legal issues surrounding the now popular mud run events.
Enjoy this issue… and for those of us in the Northern United States, it is time to put away our snow shovels and grab our hand shovels as we prepare for planting those summer flowers.
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 FUNctional Exercise Training.
* Wouldn’t You Like to Know?: How can intensity be determined for aerobic exercise?
* Take Ten: 10 Need-to-Know Facts about Alzheimer’s Disease
* Research Bites: Internet-Based Encouragement Works to Get People Moving; Risk Factors for Inactivity in Those With Knee Osteoarthritis; Zumba Research Findings
* A Nutritionist’s View: Vitamin D and Exercise Performance
* The Legal Aspects: A Muddied Industry: Growth, Injuries, and Legal Issues Associated With Mud Runs
* Business Edge: Focusing on Strength Improves More Than Your Chin-Up Count
* Worksite Health Promotion: Primary Prevention and Health Promotion at the Workplace: Making Things Visible
Steven J. Keteyina, Ph.D., FACSM
Editor in Chief
Henry Ford Hospital