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ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: March-April 2011 - Volume 15 - Issue 2 - p 2
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0b013e31820b7bce

Find out more about the salary survey conducted by ACSM's Clinical Exercise Physiology Association; Learn about the effects of ingesting and mouth-rinsing with a carbohydrate-electrolyte solution based on a recent study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®; There's still time to register for ACSM's Health & Fitness Summit April 13-16.

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The Clinical Exercise Physiology Association recently released results from its 2010 Clinical Exercise Physiology Practice Survey. The purpose of this survey was to collect employment data including salary, scope of work, patient base, and job responsibilities among clinical exercise physiologists.

More than 800 people participated in the survey. The median age was 36 to 40 years, 67% were women, and 94% worked in the United States and 4% in Canada. Most of the respondents (63%) primarily worked with patients with cardiovascular disease. In addition, 747 respondents reported having a bachelor's degree or higher in exercise science and did not have a concomitant professional degree (e.g., not a dietitian, nurse, etc.).

Among the 747 exercise-only professionals, 85% were working full time; 26% had a bachelor's degree and 67% had a master's degree; and 81% had a clinical certification (e.g., American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Certified Clinical Exercise Specialistsm or ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist®). Among these exercise professionals who were working full time, the median annual salary was $47,501 to $50,000. Salary increased with years of experience. Median annual salary was $5,000 higher among those with a clinical certification compared with those without. Across regions to the United States, the lowest median annual salary and highest median annual salary were $42,501 to $45,000 (Midwest) and $67,501 to $70,000 (West), respectively.

The full report of these data is available at

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There's still time to register for ACSM's 15th Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition, April 13-16, 2011, in Anaheim, CA. This year's Summit will offer something for everyone, with almost 100 lectures, panel discussions, exercise sessions, networking opportunities, and an exhibit hall. Preregistration is available through March 23.

First time attending? Four members of the Summit Program Committee are here to help! Join Michael R. Bracko, Ed.D., FACSM; Laura Kruskall, Ph.D., R.D., FACSM; Edward T. Howley, Ph.D., FACSM; and Len Kravitz on Wednesday, April 13, from 4:45 to 5:15 p.m., where they will help you learn how to best use the program schedule and final program, answer any questions you may have about the meeting, and help you make the entire meeting as rewarding and fun as possible. Check out for more information about ACSM's Summit.



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A study published in the March 2011 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, the official journal of ACSM, studied the effects of ingesting and mouth rinsing with a carbohydrate-electrolyte solution.

Ten male recreational runners participated in the study. The runners fasted (14 to 15 hours) and performed 1-hour treadmill runs for each condition: mouth rinsing then drinking approximately a total of 60 g of the solution or a placebo and mouth rinsing with the carbohydrate-electrolyte solution.

The researchers found that ingesting the solution improved the 1-hour run performance for the fasted runners. They noted that in another recent study no benefit was found when a meal was consumed 3 hours before exercise, which led to the statement that the benefits gained from drinking a carbohydrate-electrolyte solution only occur for those in a fasted state.



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Bonn, Germany, is preparing for a successful 2011 VISTA Conference from August 31 to September 3, 2011. Building on the success of previous conferences in Jasper (Canada, 1993), Cologne (Germany, 1999), Bollnas (Sweden, 2003), and Bonn (Germany, 2006), VISTA 2011 will be the gathering of scientists, coaches, athletes, officials, and administrators to exchange scientific knowledge and expertise and to promote cross-disciplinary professional interaction in Paralympic Sport.

The VISTA Conference was designed to promote and advance the mission, goals, objectives, and reputation of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and provides a platform for sport scientists to meet with experts in the field of sport for athletes with disability. Because of a need for greater opportunities to discuss and exchange knowledge, the VISTA Conference has become an important international event for elite sport for athletes with disability. The IPC is a strategic worldwide partner of the American College of Sports Medicine and supports this conference. All details on the conference, registration, and abstract submission procedures are available from the IPC Web site at

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