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Twelve Key Reasons to Read the Entire Issue!

Roy, Brad A. Ph.D., FACSM

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ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: 11/12 2021 - Volume 25 - Issue 6 - p 1
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000708
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  • 1. Great client advice for an enjoyable holiday season! Far too often as we mindlessly rush through our holiday preparations, we move incorrectly and end up tweaking our back or shoulder or experiencing another musculoskeletal injury. So help your clients stay off the couch this holiday season by clipping and sharing this issue’s Fitness Focus column, “A Holiday Gift” written by Associate Editor Grace T. DeSimone, B.A., ACSM-CPT, ACSM-GEI.
  • 2. Key perspectives for lifelong success: James A. Peterson, Ph.D., FACSM, provides 10 important insights that all health and fitness professionals should latch on to in this issue’s Take Ten column, “10 Things I Learned from Larry Golding.” Dr. Golding was the founding editor-in-chief of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal® and an exceptional professional and mentor to many. A valuable column you will want to share with your colleagues and students!
  • 3. Important strategies to enhance your assessment toolbox and exercise guidance for older adults! As we age, many health-related challenges appear and can significantly affect our ability to move properly and safely. Jeffrey A. Schlicht, Ph.D.; Michael Inskip, Ph.D.; and Maria Fiatarone Singh, M.D., discuss important strategies to apply with your older adult clients in their exceptional feature article, “Just What the Doctor Ordered: A Guide to Robust Assessment and Exercise Prescription in Older Adults.”
  • 4. Is reverse or linear pyramid training a good option for your clients? Learn more about these techniques to increase total volume load and how to use them with our clients by reading “Pyramid Resistance Training: Which Style Is Most Effective?” nicely written by Zachary Mang, Ph.D. (c); Jason Beam, Ph.D.; and Len Kravitz, Ph.D.
  • 5. Guiding your clients beyond mindless exercise! Far too many individuals go through their training routine without an appropriate focus on what they are doing or trying to accomplish. Learn how you can assist your clients through enhancement of their external and internal focus by reading the excellent feature article by Susannah L. Reiner, M.S., “Attentional Focus Cueing: How to Use Internal and External Cues to Optimize Exercise Performance.” I’d better reread this one!
  • 6. Assist your clients in preventing running-related injuries. Although the majority of runners experience a running-related injury at some point (guilty!), most are preventable. Pick up a few tips to pass on to your clients by reading “Injury Prevention in Recreational Runners,” an outstanding feature article written by Lea Stenerson, M.S., and Bridget Melton, Ed.D. Hum. Now that I’ve read it, I need to self-apply these strategies!
  • 7. A valuable field-based assessment for your cardiorespiratory fitness toolbox! Learn how to conduct and use the Incremental Shuttle Walk Test by reading this issue’s Do It Right column penned by Peter Ronai, M.S., FACSM, ACSM-CEP, ACSM-EP, EIM-III, CSCS, and Nicole Mendola M.S., ACSM-CEP.
  • 8. Group exercise: Does cohesion really matter? Learn about this important topic and how you as an exercise professional can affect group dynamics by reading “From Me to We: The Importance of Group Cohesion in Exercise Programs,” this issue’s Enhancing Your Behavioral Toolkit column, elegantly crafted by Liz Hathaway, Ph.D., MPH, and Mckenzie Gregg, MPH.
  • 9. Hybrid educational programming: It’s here to stay! Yuri Feito shares insights into the future of ACSM’s educational programming in this issue’s ACSM Certification column by Paul M. Gallo, Ed.D., FACSM, ACSM-EP, ACSM-CEP, ACSM-GEI, and Jason Melnyk, Ph.D. Great opportunities are ahead!
  • 10. Caregivers, an important client for health and fitness professionals to align with! Similar to health care providers and allied professionals, many caregivers are so focused on the individuals they are caring for that they minimize their own self-care. Kristi M. King, Ph.D., CHES; Gina Gonzalez, Ph.D.; Kimberly R. Hartson, Ph.D., RN; and Abigail L. Wright, M.S., share important information that will help you come alongside individuals who are providing direct care for others. Be sure to read this issue’s Clinical Applications column, “Physical Activity Promotion and Support: Meeting Caregivers Unique Needs.”
  • 11. What’s the most common cardiac arrhythmia? This issue’s Medical Report column “Exercise Training with Atrial Fibrillation,” written by Paul Sorace, M.S., FACSM, ACSM-CEP, and Alexios Batrakoulis, M.S., ACSM-EP, ACSM-CEP, EIM-II, shares important information fitness professionals should be aware of when working with clients that have atrial fibrillation. An important read and great review of this common arrhythmia.
  • 12. Twenty-five years of successfully bridging the gap! Dixie Stanforth, Ph.D., FACSM, and Erin Crownover, M.S., share insights from interviews with ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal’s® former and current editors-in-chief in this issue’s, Celebrate Success! column “ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal turns 25: A Journey of Innovation to Bridge the Gap.”
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