Eleven Thoughts from Reading this Issue
1. A sport for all ages! In this issue's Fitness Focus column, Grace T. DeSimone, B.A., ACSM-CPT, ACSM-GEI, provides a few excellent tips to share with your clients that will preserve their Pickleball experience. Be sure to share, “Are You in a Pickle? Tips for America's Fastest Growing Sport.”
2. Overhead sport injuries: most are preventable! Lauren Mach, P.T., DPT, CMPT, ATC, provides an extensive review of the overhead throwing athlete and important coaching and
training considerations in this issue's Health & Fitness from A to Z column, “Raising the Bar for the Overhead Athlete.” An excellent read for fitness professionals and us parents and grandparents as well!
3. Listen and learn! In this issue's Take Ten column, Associate Editor Charles J. Fountaine,
Ph.D., FACSM, shares 10 excellent learning opportunities to tune into. Great topics to choose from and a few that I need to check out!
4. Resistance training: an important training component for all women! Far too many women are not actively participating in resistance training. Claire Ford, B.S.; Vanessa M. (Martinez) Kercher, Ph.D., M.Ed., FACSM,
ACSM-EP, CHWC; and Kyle A. Kercher, Ph.D., ACSM-EP, ACSM-CPT, CHWC, discuss this challenge and provide excellent practical steps fitness professionals can take to encourage women to participate in resistance training in their feature article, “The 3Es: Keys to Empowering Women in the Weight Room.”
5. Time to remove the “expert” hat! Effectively guiding women who are pregnant to exercise can be challenging. Sabrina M. Buchanan, B.Kin., M.Sc. and Philip M. Wilson, Ph.D., provide practical steps fitness professionals
can take to enhance communication and exercise guidance with clients. An excellent article with applications for all clients, be sure to read, “Baby Steps: Communication Tips to Improve Physical Activity During Pregnancy.”
6. How consistently do you focus on repetition tempos with resistance training clients? “The Ultimate Guide for
Selecting Repetition Tempos,” nicely penned by Zachary Mang, Ph.D.; Peter Ronai, M.S., FACSM, ACSM-CEP,
ACSM-EP, EIM, CSCS; and Len Kravitz, Ph.D., CSCS, provides an excellent review regarding the usage of repetition tempos for improving hypertrophy, strength, and power. Great information to apply to my own training!
7. Stressed? A perfect time to get moving! Increased occupational stress and decreased workforce resiliency have been
steadily increasing since the beginning of the pandemic. Aaron Aslakson, Ph.D., ACSM-EP, EIM; Bridget Melton, Ed.D., ACSM-EP, ACSM-CPT; Helen Bland, Ph.D.; and Duke Biber, Ph.D., discuss the importance of positive coping strategies in their excellent feature article titled, “Physical Activity Solutions to Decrease Occupational Stress.”
8. Music tempo and walking cadence, yep, the beat matters! In this issue's Research Bites column, Associate
Editor Mary M. Yoke, Ph.D., FACSM, M.A., M.M., EIM, shares three excellent published research articles including how
music tempo can improve walking intensity along with overall mood and motivation in overweight adults.
9. Safety must come first! As health and fitness professionals, we are legally obligated to provide reasonably safe
programs and activities for our clients. In this issue's Fitness Safety column, JoAnn M. Eickhoff-Shemek, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP, discusses lessons learned from exertional heat and exertional rhabdomyolysis cases. Be
sure to read, “Safety Lessons Learned from Strength and Conditioning Negligence Lawsuits.”
10. Plan ahead, avoid chaos! Being prepared before things go south is critical for all businesses and organizations. Patrick Freeman, B.S., CSCS, NCSF-CPT, shares important tips to consider in this issue's Business Edge column, “Change Readiness — Are You Prepared to Pivot?”
11. Workforce mental health and psychological well-being; a current challenge for employers. In this issue's Worksite Health Promotion column, “Work the Workplace, and the Mental Health of Workers,” Nico P. Pronk, Ph.D., FACSM, FAWHP, discusses the current challenge of workforce mental health and a framework for action that employers can follow to improve their organization's working environment.
Brad A. Roy, Ph.D., FACSM
Logan Regional Medical Center