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March/April 2023 - Volume 27 - Issue 2

  • Brad A. Roy, PhD, FACSM
  • 1091-5397
  • 1536-593X
  • 6 issues / year
  • 79/87 in Sport Sciences
  • 1.130


Twelve Questions to Consider While Reading this Issue

1. Looking for a workout template to share? In this issue's Fitness Focus column, “Stack Your Workouts," Grace T. DeSimone, B.A., ACSM-CPT, ACSM-GEI, provides a simple template for clients to use when designing workout routines. A great tool to share with your clients!

2. How sharp are your calculation skills? Associate Editor Barbara A. Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM-CEP, ACSM-EP, ACSMCPT, provides five scenarios that will help you refine your calculation skills. An excellent refresher, be sure to read this issue's Wouldn't You Like to Know column, “Metabolic Calculations Cases."

3. Do submaximal tests accurately predict cardiorespiratory fitness? Numerous caveats are associated with accurately assessing and using heart rate from a submaximal exercise test to predict cardiorespiratory fitness. Meir Magal, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM-CEP; Barry A. Franklin, Ph.D., FACSM; Gregory B. Dwyer, Ph.D., FACSM; and Deborah Riebe, Ph.D., FACSM, FNAK, discuss important steps exercise professionals should consider when estimating cardiorespiratory fitness in their exceptional feature article, “Back to Basics: A Critical Review of the Methodology Commonly Used to Estimate Cardiorespiratory Fitness."

4. What's the benefit of being designated a “Qualified Health Professional"? For far too many years, clinical exercise physiologists have struggled to be recognized as highly trained health professionals and be reimbursed for
the important services they provide. In their excellent feature article, “Technical Requirements for Clinical Exercise Physiologists as Qualified Health Professionals," Brittany Overstreet, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM CEP; Christie Ward-Ritacco, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM-EP; Francis Neric, M.S., MBA; Clinton A. Brawner, Ph.D., FACSM; Benjamin Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM-EP; Trent Hargens, Ph.D., FACSM; and Walter R. Thompson, Ph.D., FACSM, discuss the qualifications of being identified as a qualified health professional and how CEPs meet these technical standards.

5. Can an EIM-On Campus program have a significant impact on a rural community during pandemic-related challenges? Find out how one university successfully reached out by reading “Promoting Physical Activity in Rural Communities During COVID-19 with Exercise is Medicine on Campus," by Isaac J. Wedig, M.S.; Jamie J. Phillips, M.S.; Kelly B. Kamm, Ph.D.; and Steven J. Elmer, Ph.D.

6. What are the who, what, and whys of accreditation and certification? Dale R. Wagner, Ph.D., FACSM, answers these important questions in his feature article, “Making Sense of Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure for Careers in Exercise Science."

7. Need a beginner-level rowing exercise? Peter Ronai, M.S., FACSM, ACSM-CEP, ACSM-EP, EIM-III, CSCS, reviews a wonderful exercise to teach your clients in this issue's Do It Right column, “The Wide Grip Tubing Row Exercise."

8. Can you influence your client's mental toughness? Liz Hathaway, Ph.D., MPH, and Ashton Shields, B.S., provide an excellent background review of mental toughness and discuss coaching strategies that you can apply toward moving the mental toughness needle in your clients. Filled with information to ponder, be sure to read this issue's Enhancing Your Behavioral Toolkit column, “Mental Toughness: Yes, Please."

9. Are you familiar with CREP? Paul M. Gallo, Ed.D., FACSM, ACSM-CEP, ACSM-EP, ACSM-GEI, discusses the background and importance of the Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals in this issue's ACSM Certification column, “The United States Registry for Exercise Professionals." An excellent consumer and employer tool that all exercise professionals should be familiar with.

10. Do you consider potential social stigmas when working with clients? People with diabetes and individuals with other health conditions can often be affected by social stigma. This issue's Clinical Applications column, penned by Lindsay J. Della, Ph.D.; Annika Reitenga, M.A.; and Kristi M. King, Ph.D., CHES, discusses how diabetes-related social stigma can affect people with diabetes and their exercise adherence. Important information for all of us working with diabetics and other chronic health populations, be sure to read, “Communication Strategies to Minimize Diabetes-Related Social Stigma."

11. Should individuals with an LVAD exercise? In this issue's Medical Report column, “Left Ventricular Assist Device: Exercise Recommendations," Paul Sorace, M.S., FACSM, ACSM CEP, CSCS; Tom LaFontaine, Ph.D., FACSM, ACSM-CEP, CSCS, CPT; and Alexios Batrakoulis, Ph.D., ACSM-EP, ACSM-CEP, CSCS, provide information on left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) and discuss current guidelines for exercise programming for people with an LVAD.

12. Who will win, your challenges or your dreams? In this issue's Celebrate Success! column, Dixie Stanforth, Ph.D., FACSM, and Erin Crownover, M.S., share the journey of Chris Nikic, the first person with Down syndrome to complete a full Ironman Triathlon — an incredible accomplishment! The column, “1% Better," is a wonderful read and has an important message for all of us!​

​​Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM
Logan Regional Medical Center
[email protected]

Technical Requirements for Clinical Exercise Physiologists as Qualified Health Professionals

Overstreet, Brittany; Ward-Ritacco, Christie; Neric, Francis; More

ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal. 27(2):20-26, March/April 2023.

1% Better

Stanforth, Dixie; Crownover, Erin

ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal. 27(2):63-66, March/April 2023.

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