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ACSM In The News

ACSM is fortunate to be the go-to source on sports medicine and exercise science for several national and international media outlets. You can find some of our most recent coverage below, or you can view archived articles.  

  • A Little Bit of Exercise Makes a Big Difference

    USA Today Lazy Americans, you are not off the hook, but health experts are cutting you some slack. "It's very clear that a little bit of exercise makes a big difference," says Carol Ewing Garber, author of the American College of Sports Medicine's new guidelines on quantity and quality of exercise for adults. "The recommendation to get 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity exercise is still one of the goals, but the message needs to be heard that doing less is also helpful."

  • To Stretch or Not to Stretch

    The New York Times Is it time, once again, to stretch? For decades, many of us stretched before a workout, usually by reaching toward our toes or leaning against a wall to elongate our hamstrings, then holding that pose without moving until it felt uncomfortable, a technique known as static stretching. Most people, including scientists and entire generations of elementary-school P.E. teachers, believed that static stretching lengthened muscles and increased flexibility, making people better able to perform athletically.

  • Nine Great Low-Impact Workouts

    Huffington Post A recent study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that older people have to work out more than younger people to maintain muscle mass. However, workouts can be tough if you fall into that age group (ages 60-75, in the study) especially since your joints are often more susceptible to injury. Richard Cotton, an exercise physiologist and national director of certification for the American College of Sports Medicine, and Mary E. Sanders, Ph.D., a clinical exercise physiologist at the School of Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno and a spokesperson for the American Council on Exercise, both recommended great low-impact workouts that can help people ages 60-75 increase their exercise frequency without putting extra stress on their joints.

  • Dog Days of August Can Cause Heat Illness for Young Athletes

    FOX Business With the new school year just around the corner, many student athletes are returning to the fields and courts to prep for the upcoming fall sports season. But in the dog days of summer, kids can be well hydrated but still at risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke at practice. And the risk of heat-related illnesses and deaths is higher than ever because of record-high temperatures around the country.

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