Today’s Highlights from the ACSM Annual Meeting: Thursday, May 29

Released: 29-May-2014 8:00 AM EDT
Source Newsroom: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
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Newswise — The 61st ACSM Annual Meeting brings more than 6,000 physicians, scientists, educators, students and others to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, May 27-31. At the same time, the fifth World Congress on Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) will convene some of the world’s leading physical activity and health experts to build on the global charter launched in 2010. EIM sessions are held at The Rosen Centre Hotel.

For more information or to schedule interviews, contact Annie Spencer at aspencer@acsm.org or 765-585-1611 or Paul Branks at pbranks@acsm.org or 317-292-3007.

Today’s Selected Scientific Sessions:
IMPLICATIONS OF CALORIC RESTRICTION, FASTING ON HEALTH, WEIGHT AND PERFORMANCE
Intermittent fasting has entered the realm of contemporary weight management, yet relatively little is known regarding the impact of alternating between periods of eating and fasting as a means of achieving a healthier weight. In this symposium, co-chairs Melinda Manore, FACSM, from Oregon State University and Nancy Rodrigues, FACSM from the University of Connecticut will feature research that characterizes the metabolic outcomes associated with long-term caloric restriction in the context of health and consider the current trend of intermittent fasting with specific regard for weight management and performance in a practical context.
Location: Orange County Convention Center – Valencia A
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

TREATING INFLAMMATION WITH NATURAL PRODUCTS AND FOODS
To combat metabolic disturbances caused by inflammation, many patients are turning to natural products and foods with anti-inflammatory properties. These products, such as blue-green algae and berries, have been shown to promote health. In a keynote address to the Basic Science World Congress, Ji-Young Lee from the University of Connecticut will focus on the mechanisms of action underlying the anti-inflammatory activity of natural products and foods.
Location: Orange County Convention Center – 206
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.

THE CASE FOR MORE WALKING, LESS SITTING TO IMPROVE HEALTH
Between working at desks, automated devices, travelling by personal vehicle and staring at screens, we are encouraged to sit more, walk less and carve out time for exercise. Emerging evidence suggests that increasing physical activity as part of our daily tasks, and thereby decreasing sedentary behavior, may play a role in health improvement. In a tutorial lecture at the ACSM Annual Meeting, John Thyfault, FACSM, from the University of Missouri, will consider the case for walking more, sitting less and yes, exercise too.
Location: Orange County Convention Center – 203
Time: 9:10 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

MULTIDISCIPLINARY TEAM MAY BE BEST IN MAKING A RETURN-TO-PLAY DECISION FOLLOWING CONCUSSION
The decision of when to return an athlete to play following a concussion is a challenging one. The challenge is exacerbated when athletes have persistent symptoms, recurring injuries and other complications. Evidence suggests that these challenging cases are best approached with a multidisciplinary team. A symposium chaired by Margot Putukian, FACSM, Princeton University will examine the science behind concussions, making a return-to-play decision, emotional issues after concussion and the effects of recurring concussive injuries.
Location: Orange County Convention Center – 304 E
Time: 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

TOO FAR OR NOT FAR ENOUGH: KEEPING CHECK ON COLLISION IN YOUTH SPORTS
Numerous studies have linked sport-related collisions with long-term cognitive problems. Meanwhile, several youth sport organizations including Pop Warner football and USA Hockey/Hockey Canada have implemented rule changes that limit contact permitted in practice and banning body checking at the Pee Wee level, respectively. In this colloquium, James Patrick MacDonald, FACSM, from the Nationwide Children's Hospital/The Ohio State University and Peter Kriz of Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University will review recent literature and developments in youth sports as debate between teaching proper skills and minimizing contact/collision exposure continues.
Location: Orange County Convention Center – 307 D
Time: 9:10 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

UNDERSTANDING AND ADDRESSING PSYCHOLOGICAL AND MENTAL NEEDS OF ATHLETES
For sports medicine staff, there is an obligation to understand the demands on athletes, develop safety and prevention programs, and identify a plan for recovery following tragedy. Too often, the psychological and mental needs of athletes are not as easily understood or discussed. This lecture by Irfan Asif from the University of Tennessee and Brian Hainline, FACSM, from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), will define the need for psychological well-being, present the athletes most at risk, and how the NCAA is specifically supporting its athletes.
Location: Orange County Convention Center – 304 E
Time: 9:10 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

IS COMPARITIVE EFFECTIVENESS RESEARCH (CER) THE NEXT HEALTH CARE FRONTIER FOR PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND HEALTHY LIFESTYLES?
Effectively modifying negative lifestyle behaviors is essential to improved health, reducing disease and enhancing quality of life. Therefore, the types of interventions applied warrant a thorough investigation. Comparative effectiveness research (CER) compares the pros and cons of various methods to prevent, diagnose and treat a clinical condition, or to improve delivery of care. In a tutorial lecture by Harold Sox from Dartmouth College, John Jakicic, FACSM from University of Pittsburgh, and Lynette Craft, FACSM of the American College of Sports Medicine, the presenters will underscore the need to focus on appropriate lifestyle interventions as part of the national discussion of health care.
Location: Orange County Convention Center – 108
Time: 4:25 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

LECTURE PROVIDES NEW INSIGHTS INTO PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND CANCER PREVENTION
Physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of several cancers; however, the association with many rare and under-studied cancers remains uncertain. Alpa Patel from the American Cancer Society and Charles E. Matthews, FACSM, and Steven Moore, both from the National Cancer Institute, will summarize the current epidemiologic evidence for physical activity and cancer prevention and present results from the largest prospective physical activity-cancer prevention study ever conducted (~1.2 million adults, 200,000 cases, 25 cancer sites). Insights from this study will dramatically expand understanding of the number of cancer sites that may be prevented by physical activity; the intensity and amount of activity associated with reduce risk; and may yield new hypotheses about physical activity and cancer.
Location: Orange County Convention Center – 105
Time: 3:15 p.m. to 4:05 p.m.

Other Events of Interest Happening Today:
HIP HOP PUBLIC HEALTH PROMOTES HEALTHY BEHAVIORS IN HIGH-RISK COMMUNITIES
A demonstration by hip hop legend and Hip Hop Public Health (HHPH) Vice President Doug E Fresh and his DJ Barry B, combined with a presentation by neurologist and HHPH founder Olajide "Hip Hop MD" Williams, will reflect HHPH's commitment to innovative public health solutions. Hip Hop Public Health strives to end health illiteracy and foster positive health behavior changes through music in high-risk communities. Session will include the following:
• HHPH and the American College of Sports Medicine will announce a new partnership involving four strategies for expanding HHPH's impact as a global health initiative
• The science and behavioral framework for HHPH
• Panel discussion
• Launch of a novel and free Hip Hop Public Health App
Thurs., May 29; 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., Orange County Convention Center Room 203


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