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USPTA and ACSM Announce Exercise is Medicine™ Partnership

by User Not Found | Aug 01, 2011
Partnership combines initiatives from medical and sports fields

INDIANAPOLIS –The  American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) today announced a partnership with the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) as it relates to two of the associations’ initiatives: Exercise is Medicine™ and  Tennis – for the health of it!, respectively. The announcement was made on Friday, May 9, during the free Tennis Across America™ clinic, held in Houston.

Jack Groppel, Ph.D., Vice President of USPTA Board of Directors, and Adrian Hutber, Ph.D., Vice President of ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine™ program, were in attendance to announce this landmark alliance between the USPTA and ACSM, one of the first of its kind tying together major initiatives from the field of medicine with the arena of sport.

Tennis – for the health of it! strives to make the general public aware of the tremendous health, fitness and psychological benefits of tennis and encourages people to get out and play the sport as a part of their regular fitness regimen. The USPTA also encourages and enables people across the nation and world to live a healthy lifestyle through the sport of tennis. In addition, the USPTA and its members are the delivery force through which the public can receive these benefits through lessons and other tennis activities.

These activities align with the guiding principles of Exercise is Medicine™: Exercise and physical activity are important to health and the prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases and more should be done to address physical activity and exercise in healthcare settings. ACSM is spearheading these efforts.

“Since there exists tremendous scientific support demonstrating that tennis is one of the best activities in which one could participate, and that USPTA has the infrastructure to deliver the game of tennis to all ages and ability levels, this partnership makes for a great match, “ said Groppel. “USPTA-certified professionals will deliver healthy activity on the tennis court, supporting Exercise is Medicine™ and physicians in their communities to create healthier communities.”

"If the power of exercise to improve and maintain health is fully integrated into the U.S. healthcare system, it has the ability to dramatically improve the public's health and quality of life in a way that perhaps no single medication can,” said Hutber. “ACSM is thrilled to be partnering with the USPTA in this common goal. The scientifically proven benefits of a correctly implemented tennis-based exercise program combined with the USPTA's strong network of highly qualified teaching professionals makes this partnership a very natural fit for both organizations, and one that we are confident has huge potential to make a significant contribution to the health of the American public.”

Through its network of teaching professionals, exemplified by its nationwide grassroots structure, USPTA is excited to be a vehicle for programs and activities presented by ACSM.

For more information on Tennis – for the health of it! visit www.uspta.com. For more information on Exercise is Medicine™ visit www.exerciseismedicine.org.

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Founded in 1927, USPTA strives to raise the standards of the tennis profession while promoting greater awareness of the sport. USPTA offers more than 60 professional benefits to its 14,500 members worldwide, including certification and professional development. With more than 300 days of educational opportunities throughout the year, USPTA offers the most comprehensive continuing education program in the tennis industry. For more information, call 800-877-8248 or visit www.uspta.com.

The American College of Sports Medicine is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world.  More than 20,000 international, national, and regional members are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.

The conclusions outlined in this news release are those of the researchers only, and should not be construed as an official statement of the American College of Sports Medicine.

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