Spring has sprung and summer is rapidly approaching; time to gear up and head outdoors to enjoy the wide variety of physical activities and enjoyment that the summer months bring! Living close to Glacier National Park in Northwest Montana provides numerous scenic routes for day hikes, backpacking, biking and running, all favorite spring and summer activities for our family. However, along with the warmer weather and outdoor fun comes increased exposure to the sun and its harmful effects. Our first feature article, “Sun Exposure and Exercise: the Good, the Bad and the Behavior Change,” is a timely reminder that emphasizes the importance of utilizing sun protection strategies. Penned by Jeff Lynn, Ph.D.; Joyan Urda, Ph.D.; and Patty Pierce, Ph.D., FACSM, the article emphasizes a number of behavior change strategies that will help your clients to consistently take the necessary steps to lower their risk for skin damage and cancer caused by exposure to the sun’s UV rays.
While training for power is an essential component of an effective training program for athletes, such activities are not without risk of injury as is pointed out in our second feature article, “Weightlifting Exercises for Lower Extremity Power: An Alternative with Less Risk. Author Jim Schilling, Ph.D., ATC, CSCS, reviews some of the risks associated with common weightlifting exercises utilized for lower extremity power enhancement and presents an alternative exercise that is equally effective with less injury risk.
In our third feature Meir Magal, Ph.D., ACSM CEP, FACSM and Deborah Riebe, Ph.D., ACSM EP-C, FACSM introduce us to the recently updated ACSM Pre-participation health screening recommendations. This short article, entitled “New Pre-participation Health Screening Recommendations: What Exercise Professionals Need to Know,” is a “must read” for all health and fitness professionals. Drs. Magal and Riebe review the new screening recommendations and provide easy-to-follow directions on how to use the updated screening procedures.
I also would like to draw your attention to the exceptional columns in this issue of the Journal. I deeply appreciate the Journal’s talented group of Associate Editors and the time they dedicate in service to the Journal. I know you will enjoy reading each of the columns as I have.
Finally, as we celebrate the Journal’s 20th year, I would like to personally thank Jim Peterson, Ph.D., FACSM, for his unwavering service to ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®. I know all of us have enjoyed and benefited from the Take Ten column that Dr. Peterson has penned since the Journal’s inception in January 1997. Over the years Dr. Peterson has shared many of his insightful thoughts through this column and has been a tremendous mentor for many writers. I look forward to his future columns and all the pearls he has yet to share!
Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM
Kalispell Regional Medical Center