DEPARTMENTS: ACSM Newsbriefs
FROM BIKING TO BALANCING, SEE WHAT'S NEW AT ACSM'S HEALTH & FITNESS SUMMIT & EXPOSITION
Register now and plan to attend the ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition April 13-16, 2011, in Anaheim, CA. You will not want to miss a minute of this exciting conference, now in its 15th year. This year's Summit will offer something for everyone, with almost 100 lectures, panel discussions, exercise sessions, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall.
The Summit, at the Hilton Anaheim, kicks off with preconference events the afternoon of Wednesday, April 13, and ends at noon on Saturday, April 16. A wide range of disciplines are covered from nutrition, personal training and exercise program design, to sports medicine and professional development.
The 2011 Keynote speakers are now set; make sure to catch the following:
- Wayne Westcott, Ph.D. - Resistance Exercise: Effects on Resting Metabolism, Body Composition, and Weight Management
- Kristina Ripatti and Tim Pearce - Getting Back in the Game
- Highlighted Session: Michael Bracko, Ed.D., FACSM - Regular to Ripped: High-Intensity Interval Training
If you work in a fitness and business environment - health and fitness club settings, wellness and health promotion center, and corporate fitness programs - or are a clinical professional based at a university of medical establishment, plan on attending this great event! Stay tuned to www.acsm.org/summit for more information about this meeting.
EXERCISE AND TYPE 2 DIABETES JOINT POSITION STATEMENT REVISED
ACSM and the American Diabetes Association released the joint position statement that was published in the December 2010 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. The revised pronouncement replaces the previous version, published in 2000, by the same name. Covered topics include prevention, management, and safe physical activity levels. A must read for those with clients who have this chronic disease or are at risk.
TREKKING POLES REDUCE EXERCISE-INDUCED MUSCLE INJURY DURING MOUNTAIN WALKING
A study published in the January 2011 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, investigated whether the use of trekking poles would maintain function and reduce the extent of muscle damage after a day of mountain trekking.
Thirty-seven physically active males and females participated in the study and were divided into either a trekking pole or no-pole group. Participants carried a day sack and made the ascent and descent of the highest peak in England and Wales (Mt. Snowdon). The timings for the ascent and descent were similar between groups, indicating that the walking speed also was similar. Heart rate and ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) were recorded during the ascent and descent. Indices of muscle damage, maximal voluntary isometric force (maximal voluntary contraction), muscle soreness (delayed onset muscle soreness), creatine kinase (CK), and vertical jump performance were measured before, immediately after (except CK), and 24, 48, and 72 hours after trek.
The authors conclude that trekking poles reduce RPE on mountain ascents and reduce indices of muscle damage. Trekking poles also assist in maintaining muscle function in the days after a mountain trek and reduce the potential for subsequent injury.