From the Editor-in-Chief . . .
Rosenbaum and colleagues present "The Role of Sport, Exercise, and Physical Activity in Closing the Life Expectancy Gap for People with Mental Illness: An International Consensus Statement by Exercise & Sports Science Australia, American College of Sports Medicine, British Association of Sport and Exercise Science, and Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand." The genesis of the paper is the shortened life expectance of individuals experiencing mental illness and the role exercise may play to close the life expectancy gap shown between those with and without mental illness.
This brief statement discusses the need for holistic treatment for those with mental illness including physical health care, which is often lacking when mental illness is the focus of treatment. Access to exercise facilities across a variety of treatment facilities and availability of trained exercise practitioners is advocated.
The Translational Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine encourages submission of papers regarding research and policy that integrate exercise into main stream communities.
Joseph E. Donnelly, EdD, FACSM