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ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: January 2007 - Volume 11 - Issue 1 - p 2
doi: 10.1249/01.FIT.0000257702.28448.33
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In Brief

Trekking Poles Reduce Joint Damage While Hiking

A recent study published in the January 2007 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, the official scientific journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, recommends using hiking poles to reduce forces on the lower extremity joints, whether or not hikers are carrying an external load.

The aim of the study was to examine the effectiveness of using a pole with participants under different backpack conditions and hiking downhill. A total of 15 experienced hikers each participated in 60 different conditions. Trials were performed in a random order, and conditions included with and without the use of poles, as well as different pack conditions.

The results demonstrated that using poles is an effective way to reduce the peak net joint movements of the joints in the lower extremity, whether or not an external load is present, which is consistent with findings from other studies. Not only do the poles absorb potentially damaging forces, they also help increase stability.

The findings of this study provide information for an at-risk population to become more active and healthy, and reduce the risk of soreness and injury for the general population to maintain an active lifestyle. To view the complete Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® article, visit

Do Not Miss ACSM's Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition!

Live large, think big, and visit Texas to attend the American College of Sports Medicine's (ACSM) Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition, March 21 to 24, 2007, at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Dallas, Texas.


Check out one of the three preconferences to be held on Wednesday, March 21. The sessions feature special interest topics, "Exercise and Bone Health Throughout the Lifespan," "The Business of Fitness," and "Evidence-Based Practice in Health & Fitness." Please note that continuing education credits will be granted to those who attend the preconference, however, separate registration is required.

This year's summit will feature four dynamic keynote speakers that are sure to be a hit with attendees. Take a look at the lineup:

  1. "Motivating the Masses-Bridging the Gap Between Our Physical Activity Research and the Great American Lounge Lizard" is the opening keynote presented by Rob Sweetgall.
  2. "The Role of Exercise in Contemporary Cardiology" given by Paul D. Thompson, M.D.
  3. "Never Give Up and Other Lessons That Made Me a Champion" offered by Muffy Davis.
  4. "Physical Activity 2007: A Call to Arms for Fitness Advocates" is the closing keynote presented by Tedd Mitchell, M.D.

In addition, the summit will feature renowned industry leaders in nine distinctive tracks who will lead more than 100 presentations, exhibits, workouts, and demonstrations covering the latest issues in the industry today. The "Meet the Pros" networking session is back by popular demand for a fourth consecutive year, allowing attendees to talk with various faculty including educators, business owners, and innovative health/fitness professionals. In addition, the summit will host a professional trade show, author book signings, poster competition, and much more!

If you want to stay current with changing practices, standards, guidelines, and applications of research, then attending ACSM's Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition is a must!

For more information about the summit or to register online, visit

Apply for the Lawrence A. Golding Student Scholarship!

The Lawrence A. Golding Student Health/Fitness Scholarship is available for applicants in their sophomore, junior, or now, senior year in college! Started in 2006, this award is designed to publicly recognize and honor undergraduate students who have made significant outstanding contributions to their communities through health, fitness, and/or education. The scholarship deadline is January 27, 2007, and applications are available at Winners will receive a $1,000 award and complimentary registration to the American College of Sports Medicine's Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition in Dallas, March 21 to 24, 2007.

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