DEPARTMENTS: From the Editor
While attending the American College of Sports Medicine’s Annual Meeting this past May in Indianapolis, I again enjoyed seeing the number of attendees who “practice what they preach.” It is always heartening to see so many exercise scientists, sport nutritionists, team physicians, and the other sports medicine professionals outside running or walking either before the morning sessions begin or later in the day after the afternoon lectures.
While on the topic of exercising outdoors, remember that, as we head in to the cooler weather and bright colors of fall, there is no better time to engage your clients in outdoor exercise activities aimed at improving health and fitness. In fact, more so than ever before opportunities are increasing for running and biking clubs and group exercise classes to use nearby city and county parks to meet up before evening rides or runs or simply work out outdoors. If you haven’t thought about moving your class outdoors… consider doing so while the good weather remains.
With the above in mind, it gives me great pleasure to highlight the three feature articles in this issue of the Journal. The first, by Francois Lalonda, M.Sc., is titled “Iliotibial Band Syndrome: Noninvasive Solutions for Runners.” This is a not so uncommon injury that often plagues joggers and runners who train too hard, too fast, or adopt poor technique. They simply might benefit from some muscle-strengthening activities.
The last two features address the respective ends of the human life span. The article titled “How Young Is ‘Too Young’ to Start Youth Training?” by Gregory D. Myer, Ph.D., CSCS*D, FACSM; Rhodri S. Lloyd, Ph.D., CSCS*D, ASCC; Jensen L. Brent, CSCS; and Avery D. Faigenbaum, Ed.D., CSCS, FACSM, helps the fitness professional establish age-appropriate exercise training guidelines for children and adolescents participating in either organized school or community sports or just general fitness regimens. Conversely, Joseph F. Signorile, Ph.D., provides in his article titled “Resistance Training for Older Adults: Targeting Muscular Strength, Power, and Endurance” some essential tools designed to help maintain the independence and reduce the risk for falls in older persons. All in all, relevant information for us to incorporate into our practices.
Not to be outdone, our regular columnists provide their usual timely and helpful writings as well. Ranging from exercise and a good night’s sleep to worksite health and health care reform, I trust that you too will enjoy reading each column as much as I did.
In closing, I again encourage you to literally think “outside the box,” which in this case means looking at ways to move your group classes or your clients outdoors ... for no other reason but to enjoy the sounds and sights that only Mother Nature can provide.
Our associate editors continue to do an outstanding job of providing well-written summaries on a wide variety of topics of importance to the fitness professional.
- Fitness Focus: This copy-and-share column discusses concussion in youth sports.
- Wouldn’t You Like to Know?: Can exercise help or hinder getting a good night’s sleep? Does the timing of exercise relative to bedtime matter?
- Research Bites: Regular Yoga Practice Reduces Stress and Inflammation; A Relationship Between Well-Being, Cardiorespiratory Fitness, and Long-term Survival?; Physical Activity-Based Labels at Fast Food Restaurants
- A Nutritionist’s View: How to Increase Muscle Mass: What Does the Science Tell Us?
- The Legal Aspects: Philosophy and Standards, Part 1
- The Business Side: Know Your Members to Successfully Market Your Club
- Worksite Health Promotion: Worker Health and Health Care Reform: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at Work
- Take Ten: 10 Nice-to-Know Facts about Functional Training
Steven J. Keteyian, Ph.D., FACSM
Henry Ford Hospital