Eleven Points that Struck Me While Reading this Issue
1. Metabolic calculations: Important concepts to know: In this issue's Wouldn't You Like to Know column, Barbara A. Bushman, Ph.D., FACSM, continues to review the use of a few key equations. Be sure to read "Wouldn't You Like to Know: Metabolic Calculations in Action, Part 2" to garner some additional practical insights. It is a great review for all health and fitness professionals, both new and seasoned.
2. Germs: How timely is this? Wash your hands, keep that social distance, and be sure to read this issue's Take Ten column, "10 Things to Know About Germs," elegantly written by James A. Peterson, Ph.D., FACSM.
3. PIT to PAT, what's that? As health and fitness professionals, we should be concerned with the current fitness levels of today's youth. Avery D. Faigenbaum, Ed.D., FACSM; James P. MacDonald, M.D., FACSM; Carlos Carvalho, Ph.D.; and Tamara Rial Rebullido, Ph.D., CSPS, share a number of critical insights into working with our pediatric population in their exceptional feature article, "The Pediatric Inactivity Triad: A Triple Jeopardy for Modern Day Youth." This is a must read so do not miss the opportunity.
4. HIIT, an excellent physical activity for people with Down syndrome. Although physical activity is a critical health component for people with Down syndrome, achieving the recommended activity dose can be challenging. Megan Elizabeth Ware, M.S.; Kevin McCully, Ph.D.; and Yuri Feito, Ph.D., MPH, FACSM, share a few insights into working with this special group of people and how high-intensity interval training may be an excellent choice to keep them moving. Be sure to read "Benefits of incorporating HIIT Programs for Individuals with Down Syndrome."
5. RPE: Still an important tool. Despite the boom in fitness technology, an individual's perception of effort remains a valid and easy to use tool. Marcus Kilpatrick, Ph.D., FACSM; A'Naja Newsome, M.S.; Carl Foster, Ph.D., FACSM; Robert Robertson, Ph.D., FACSM; and Matt Green, Ph.D., FACSM, review the background and use of an individual's perception in their excellent feature article, "Scientific Rationale for RPE Use in Fitness Assessment and Exercise Participation."
6. Concussions: Important information you should know! Over the past few years, there has been heightened awareness regarding the prevalence and health impacts of concussions. Chi-Ming Haung, Ph.D.; Greg Justice; Art Still; Isabelle Gordon; Rosa Huang; and Michael Moncure provide an excellent overview of concussions and how they might be prevented in their feature article, "Know Your Concussions: Athletes and Fitness Professionals."
7. Ugh, those stairs get steeper every year! Maintaining strength and power is critical as we age in order to remain independent and to lead a functional lifestyle. Peter Ronai, M.S., FACSM, and Paul M. Gallo, Ed.D. FACSM, share a useful field test for assessing lower body strength, power, and function in older adults in this issue's Do It Right column, "The Stair Climb Power Test."
8. Cue-behavior, a concept that still works, just ask Pavlov! Creating new habits takes time and can be a daunting challenge for many. Liz Hathaway Ph.D., MPH, and Mckenzie Gregg, MPH(c), share some critical habit-forming insights into this issue's Enhancing Your Behavioral Toolkit column, "Making Health A Habit." I know you will enjoy reading and learning from their column as I have.
9. A great way to practice your analytical skills and apply your knowledge. Associated Editor Paul M. Gallo, Ed.D., FACSM, provides a great learning opportunity in this issue's ACSM Certification column, "Case Study Approaches – Learning by Practice." It is a great review.
10. Google "diets": Confused yet? There is so much nutritional and diet information available today, supported by creative hype, that many Americans and even health and fitness professionals are easily confused and swayed. This issue's Clinical Applications column, "Championing Whole Food and Plant-based Diets – The Role of the Health and Fitness Professional," discusses some of these challenges and provides important information regarding plant-based whole foods. Be sure to read this excellent article penned by Associate Editor Kristi M. King, Ph.D., CHES, and coauthors Gwen Pierce, R.N., MSN, CCRC; Lisal Folsom, M.D.; Whitney Cessna, M.S., RDN, CDE; Jason R. Jaggers, Ph.D., FACSM; and Kupper A. Wintergerst, M.D.
11. Making Fitness Matter! Although many of us work out to stay healthy, look good, enjoy activities with our grandkids, etc., one organization has taken this a step further. Dixie Stanforth, Ph.D., FACSM, and Jennifer Van Overdam, M.Ed., share the story of the nonprofit organization Strength to Serve in this issue's Celebrate Success! column, "Using Your Strength to Serve." It is an inspiring story and I'm sure it will challenge you as it did me.