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ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal: 1/2 2020 - Volume 24 - Issue 1 - p 2
doi: 10.1249/FIT.0000000000000545
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A new study published in the January 2020 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, looked at the factors associated with persistently high muscular power from childhood to adulthood.

This perspective study examined 1,938 participants who had their muscular power (standing long jump distance) measured in 1985 as children (ages 7 to 15 years) and again 20 years later in adulthood (ages 26 to 36 years). A selection of objectively measured characteristics (adiposity and fat-free mass, cardiorespiratory fitness [CRF], self-reported physical activity, diet, and sociodemographic data) were available at both time points. Muscular power was separated into thirds, and participants were reported as having persistently low, decreasing; persistently moderate, increasing; or persistently high muscular power.

The results showed that higher adiposity, lower physical activity, lower adult CRF, poorer diet quality and socioeconomic status across the life course were associated with persistently low muscular power. Lower adult protein intake and an increase in adiposity over time were associated with decreasing muscular power. Higher adult fruit intake was associated with increasing muscular power. Lower adiposity across the life course, higher adult CRF and socioeconomic status, and higher child protein intake were associated with persistently high muscular power. Given these health benefits, the maintenance of high muscular fitness levels from childhood to adulthood is very important.


Calling all certified health practitioners, fitness professionals, and students planning to enter the health and fitness industry. If you are searching for the latest educational advances in the field, inspiration, and networking opportunities, this is your meeting! The theme of the 2020 Summit is Technology Moves the World, and you will find many different types of opportunities to meet your needs, including hot topic panel discussions and keynote lectures with some of the industry’s leading experts. In addition to our renowned research-backed lectures, daily on-trend workouts, and hands-on workshops, this is an excellent opportunity to network with our world class speakers and to see what’s new in our Expo, all while earning valuable CECs! Mark your calendar now: ACSM’s International Health & Fitness Summit March 12–15, 2020, in Atlanta, Georgia.

You will not want to miss the fabulous 2020 keynotes and special lectures:

  • Tiny Habits and Behavior Change: How to Create Lasting Change by BJ Fogg, Ph.D., Stanford University, Stanford, California
  • The Astonishing Effects of Exercise on the Brain by Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D., New York University, New York, New York
  • Larry Golding Keynote—Best Workouts from Around the World by Len Kravitz, Ph.D., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Featured Lecture—Fitness Technology: Making It Work for Your Clients by Ted Vickey, Ph.D., FitWell, LLC and Point Loma University, San Diego, California
  • The Dr. Bortz Lecture—Exercise and Bone Health: All It’s Cracked Up to Be? by Wendy Kohrt, Ph.D., FACSM, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado

To learn more about the keynotes and the not-to-be-missed Summit, visit Be sure to preregister by March 3, 2020, and save on your registration price. Visit to preregister today. Want to save money? Contact [email protected] for volunteering opportunities and [email protected] for group registration discounts.


Are you a reliable, hard-working, organized student who would like a discount on your registration to ACSM’s International Health & Fitness Summit? If you answered “yes,” then keep reading!

ACSM is looking for students who can commit time out of their Summit schedule (March 12–15, 2020) to assist with the ACSM Registration Area, meeting logistics, and other areas during the Summit meeting. Students will be asked to help in many different areas, including preregistration duties, data entry for badges, restocking inventory, room checks for sessions, plus other tasks as needed. Student volunteers will receive half off their registration, reimbursed postmeeting. There also will be a limited number of full-day slots to receive a full registration reimbursement postmeeting.

Interested? Visit for more information and to sign up. You must be registered to attend ACSM’s summit before you sign up to volunteer. Questions may be sent via e-mail to [email protected].

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