DEPARTMENTS: From the Editor
Happy holidays! I sincerely hope all is well with you and yours. This issue marks the end of my term as Editor-in-Chief of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal®. It has been a great pleasure serving you in this role and meeting so many great people along the way. I want to say a special “thank you” to several people I worked closely with for the past 7 years. First, Lori Tish our managing editor. We started on this path together, and Lori has been a special person to work with. She always was welcoming, accommodating, and supportive to our authors, our associate editors, and me. Lori, I will miss working with you; thank you for everything. Next, our Associate Editor/Associate Editor-in-Chief, Dixie Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, who also is stepping down. I had the pleasure of working with Dixie on the faculty at the University of Tennessee and in our roles with the Journal. She covered for me when I had knee surgery more than 5 years ago and was the author of one of the most popular columns in the Journal, Fitness Focus. Dixie, thank you for doing such a great job and in volunteering to serve when you had much on your plate.
I want to thank Larry Golding, Ph.D., FACSM, for getting the Journal started and handing it over to me in good shape. I also would like to recognize and thank D. Mark Robertson and Kerry O’Rourke who served as ACSM’s director of publishing at the beginning and end of my service as editor-in-chief, respectively. Their support was greatly appreciated.
I want to thank all of the Associate Editors who were part of the Journal during my term. It was a great pleasure working with you, and I was impressed by your ability to write interesting and easy-to-read columns issue after issue. A special thank you to Madeline Bayles, Ph.D., FACSM, who is rotating off as the author of the ACSM Certification column, and a special welcome to Deb Riebe, Ph.D., FACSM, who is taking on that role. Lastly, the quality of the feature articles depends on authors who have something to say and take the time to say it well, and reviewers who provide helpful feedback to make the feature even better. Thanks to you all for making the Journal what it is.
Lastly, I want to welcome our new Editor-in-Chief, Steven J. Keteyian, Ph.D., FACSM. Steven already has been active in his role as editor-in-chief as we made the transition from me to him over the past several months. I know Steven will do a great job with the Journal, and I wish him the very best in the years ahead.
We have three interesting feature articles in this issue. We begin with our annual installment of “Worldwide Survey of Fitness Trends for 2012” by Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM. This article is based on the annual ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® worldwide survey of health and fitness professionals. This year’s survey supports some previous trends and reveals two interesting new trends. This article is the most cited article of the Journal and is picked up by news organizations around the world. Needless to say — a must read.
Most readers are probably familiar with the hormonal responses to prolonged aerobic exercise that help maintain blood glucose levels; fewer are familiar with the hormonal responses to resistance training. Our second feature, “An Exercise Professional’s Guide to Acute Hormonal Changes from Resistance Exercise” by Jeremy C. Fransen, M.S., and Len Kravitz, Ph.D., provides an overview of hormone function, describes the acute hormonal responses to resistance exercise, and describes ways to optimize training to enhance these responses. Much of this information is new, and I am sure we will see more on this topic in the years ahead. This is an important paper for students and professionals alike.
Our final paper, “The Use of Vibration Exercise in Clinical Populations” by Rita Tomás, M.D.; Vinson Lee, M.S.; and Scott Going, Ph.D., provides insights into a less well-known type of exercise. Vibration exercise, which has gained in popularity in the athletic training and fitness settings, may be an efficacious alternative form of exercise for patients with neurological and musculoskeletal conditions. This article gives an overview of vibration exercise, discusses the rationale underlying its use in clinical populations, and provides an analysis of the literature in terms of whether it works as advertised. I am sure you will enjoy it.
Edward T. Howley, Ph.D., FACSM
Editor-in-Chief© 2011 American College of Sports Medicine.