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The Greater New York Regional Chapter of the ACSM announces the

2019 Annual Fall Conference

Call for Abstracts President's Cup

Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 8:00am - 4:30pm

at

NYU Langone Medical Center

Smilow Seminar Room 

550 First Avenue, Manhattan, NY

Overview

The President’s Cup is a research poster competition open to undergraduate and graduate students held annually during the national ACSM Annual Meeting. The President’s Cup is organized with the assistance of the Student Affairs Committee and ACSM national staff. Each regional chapter will have their own “Regional President’s Cup” and will select one student based on the quality of research presented at their regional chapter annual meeting and this student will represent the chapter in the President’s Cup competition at the national ACSM Annual Meeting. A panel of judges, using an established judging rubric, will select the ultimate winner.

Mandatory Requirements

  1. Each regional winner must be a current member of both the national ACSM organization and his/her affiliated ACSM regional chapter organization.
  2. Each regional winner must be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a program at the time of the regional chapter meeting. However, if the student were to graduate before the ACSM Annual Meeting, they would still eligible for the national-level competition.
  3. Each regional winner must be able to attend the national ACSM Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA (May 26 – May 30, 2020) for the national president’s cup competition.
  4. Current Student Affairs Committee and/or BOT members are NOT eligible for the President’s Cup competition.
  5. Past President’s Cup regional and national winners are NOT eligible for the President’s Cup competition.
  6. Each regional winner will be required to deliver a poster presentation at the national ACSM Annual Meeting. Individuals who have won their regional competition with an oral/slide/podium presentation will be required to reformat the same presentation into a poster. Thus, winners will need to plan accordingly.
  7. The type of project conducted by the student must align with the mission of ACSM, which is to: “…advance and integrate scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine”

 

Abstract Submission Process

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit their abstract for poster presentation will compete for $1,200 travel allowance and complimentary registration to present their poster at ACSM’s 67th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, Tuesday May 26th to Saturday May 30th, 2020.

Deadline for Submission:  The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 11:59 pm EST, October 14th, 2019. Notification of Acceptance:  October 28th, 2019

For abstract submission, mailto:GNYACSMResearch@gmail.com

ANY formatting, technical, or abstract related questions not addressed, in either this PDF or the online abstract submission form, should be emailed to:  GNYACSMResearch@gmail.com 

Rules for Submission (Check all items before submission):

  1. Prior to the conference, any abstract previously presented (other than their institution) or published by any print or online publication, will be deemed ineligible for submission. 
  2. Only ONE submission is allowed per any author designated the lead, primary, or first listed author.  While coauthors are permitted to submit multiple abstracts, the lead author must be the presenter and submit to questions from conference judges.
  3. All studies must comply with respective human (IRB) or animal (IACUC) guidelines, in accordance with the ACSM statement for Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise ®.  Please see the Addendum below.

Abstract Submission Format & Preparation:

Please read and follow the directions below for the submission of research abstracts.

Abstract submissions that do not follow the submission guidelines may be

rejected. Abstracts that do not meet scientific or editorial standards will not be accepted.

  1. The type of research conducted by the student must align with the mission of ACSM, which is to: “…advance and integrate scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine”. Examples of topics (aligned with National) are included below, for both applied and clinical.
  2. All wording should be in English utilizing; correct spelling, grammar, and proper contextual word usage. All acronyms are required to be first fully defined at least once within the body of the abstract prior to any other uses (the title is unnecessary).  No brand names are permitted within the submitted abstract. All abstract submissions must follow formats demonstrated in the examples below.
  3. There is a strict 2000 character limit for the abstract’s main body (not including spaces / title/subheadings/author block).
  4. The title of the abstract is limited to 15 words.
  5. The body of the abstract MUST include the following “sections”: PURPOSE, METHODS, RESULTS, CONCLUSION (see the example abstracts below for clarification)
  6. Include the names, institutional affiliations, and emails of all authors.  Names should include full first name, middle initial (optional), & full last name.  DO NOT list degrees, certifications, or departments. LIST ALL ACSM Fellow(s), sponsorship, funding, grants, subsidies, or ANY conflict(s) of interest.
  7. Reference citations, photos, illustrations, graphs, tables, charts, etc. are NOT permitted within the abstract’s text, but should be available on Research Committee request or in the slide presentation.

 

Award Selection Criteria for Abstract Evaluation and Presentation

*These judging criteria are consistent with those used to judge the national-level competition*

  1. Significance: How well the project relates to the mission statement of ACSM, which is to “advance and integrate scientific research to provide educational and practical applications of exercise science and sports medicine.”
  2. Innovation: The novelty of the project, especially relating to the use of new methodologies, studying of under investigated populations and/or addressing emerging problems relating to exercise and sports medicine.
  3. Research Design: The ability of the methodologies used to address the research question and hypothesis. Additionally, the appropriate use of experimental design and statistics to test the hypothesis.
  4. Ability to Respond to Questions: Ability of the student to demonstrate knowledge of the literature related to their field of study as well as demonstrate critical thinking for future studies.
  5. Poster Design and Presentation Skills: Clarity of the poster and description of research project.

 

Conference Awards for Invited Poster Presentations

  • ALL presenters will each receive a full complement of CECs / CEUs for the entire day’s attendance along with their given presentations.  Additionally, presenters will receive a one-year ACSM-GNYRC Membership. Regional conference registration fee will be waived for all scheduled invited attending presenters with free breakfast & lunch provided on site.

 

  • Only one winner will be selected.  The winner will receive a $1,200 travel allowance & complimentary registration for attending ACSM’s 66th Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL.  The winner will represent the GNYRC. The lead author must attend and present their abstract as a POSTER presentation at ACSM’s 67th Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 28th, 2020.

NOTE: the $1,200 will not be given out if you do not attend and present at the National Conference.

 

  • For winning the ACSM Annual Meeting National President’s Cup Competition, the
    student will be presented with a plaque and an additional $300.

 

Please feel free to forward to anyone who may have interest.

LIST   OF   SCIENTIFIC   ABSTRACT   CATEGORIES


Fitness Assessment, Exercise Training, and Performance of Athletes and Healthy People
Cardiovascular,  Renal,  and  Respiratory  Physiology
Skeletal  Muscle,  Bone,  and  Connective  Tissue
Biomechanics  and  Neural  Control  of  Movement
Epidemiology  and  Biostatistics
Physical Activity  /  Health  Promotion  Interventions
Metabolism  and  Nutrition
Psychology,  Behavior,  and  Neurobiology
Environmental  and  Occupational  Physiology
Immunology  /  Genetics  /  Endocrinology
Athlete  Care  and  Clinical  Medicine
Clinical  Exercise  Physiology
Exercise  as  Medicine
Basic  Science  of  Muscle  Hypertrophy  &  Atrophy   
Other    [ Subject  to  Research  Committee  Approval. ]

LIST   OF   CLINICAL   CASE   ABSTRACTS   CATEGORIES

  • Cardiovascular
  • General  Medicine
  • Head,  Neck,  and  Spine
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Age  and  Gender  Specific  Issues
  • Other  [ Subject to Research Committee Approval. ]

SCIENTIFIC  ABSTRACT  EXAMPLE      

Mechanisms Underlying Age-Related Changes in Skin Vasodilation During Local Heating

C T Minson, L A Holowatz, W L Kenney FACSM, B J Wong, B W Wilkins.

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, Penn State University, University Park, PA

The skin blood flow (SkBF) response to local heating is reduced in healthy older (O) vs. young (Y) subjects; however, the mechanisms that underlie these age-related changes are unclear.  Local skin heating causes a bimodal rise in SkBF involving at least two independent mechanisms: an initial peak mediated by axon reflexes and a secondary slower rise to a plateau which is mediated by the local production of nitric oxide (NO).

PURPOSE:  To determine the altered mechanism(s) underlying the attenuated SkBF response to local heating in aged skin.

METHODS:  Two microdialysis fibers were placed in the ventral skin of the forearm of 10 Y (22+2 yrs) and 10 O (77+5 yrs) subjects.  SkBF over each site was measured by laser-Doppler flowmetry as the skin over both sites was heated to 42° C for ~60 min.  At one site, 1OmM L-NAME was infused throughout the protocol to inhibit NO-Synthase (NOS).  At the second site L-NAME was infused after 40 min of local heating.  Cutaneous vascular conductance (CVC) was calculated as flux/mean arterial pressure and scaled as % maximal CVC (infusion of 50mM sodium nitroprusside).  Age comparisons were made using two-way ANOVA with repeated measures.

RESULTS:  Maximal CVC was reduced in the O (l56+15 vs. 192+12 mV/mmHg, p<0.05), as were the initial peak (46+4 vs. 61+2% max, p<0.05) and plateau (82+5 vs. 93+2%, p<0.05) responses.  The decline in CVC with NOS inhibition during the plateau phase was similar in the Y and O groups but the initial peak was significantly lower in O when NOS was inhibited prior to local heating (38+5 vs. 52+4%, p<0.05).

CONCLUSION:  Age-related changes in both axon reflex-mediated and NO-mediated vasodilation contribute to the diminished vasodilator response to local heating in aged skin.

Supported by NIH Grant ROI AG07004.

[ The CONCLUSION should frame the discussion based on and keeping within the results.  They are not repetitious, but rather intended to address said results in a more literary, meaningful, and broader contextual summary. ]

 

CLINICAL  CASE  ABSTRACT  EXAMPLE     

Neck Injury —  Football     [ Presenting Issue  —  Activity ]

S M Tanner, University of Colorado Sports Medicine Center, Denver, CO Sponsored Fellow:  William O. Roberts, FACSM

HISTORY:  A 17-year-old senior high school football defensive cornerback sustained a neck injury while tackling.  During the third quarter of a midseason game, he unintentionally used a spearing technique for a successful tackle.  As he drove his head into a ball carrier’s chest, his neck was forced into flexion and he developed moderate posterior neck pain.  There was no numbness, tingling, weakness or radiation of pain into his upper extremities.  Three tackles later, 11 plays later, and during the fourth quarter, he reported his neck pain to the athletic trainer.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION:  Examination on the sidelines revealed moderate tenderness over the spinous processes of C6-T1, mild tenderness of the adjacent paraspinal muscles bilaterally and normal sensation, reflexes and strength of his upper extremities.  There was full active range of motion of his neck but flexion and extension were painful.  Over the next hour, his neck progressively became stiffer, but he had no neurological symptoms or signs.

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS:

  1. Strain of cervical paraspinal muscles
  2. Fracture of the cervical spine
  3. Cervical sprain

TEST AND RESULTS:

Cervical spine anterior-posterior and lateral radiographs:

— obliquely horizontal fracture of C7 spinous process with 1/2 cm displacement of fracture fragments — 2 mm of forward subluxation of C6 vertebral body relative to C7 vertebral body

Lateral cervical spine radiographs with neck actively flexed and extended:

— no further subluxation of C6 vertebrae

— increased distraction of spinous fracture fragments with neck flexion

Cervical spine oblique radiographs:

— normal orientation of facets and pedicles

FINAL / WORKING DIAGNOSIS:

Clay-shoveler’s fracture (avulsion fracture of spinous process of C7)

TREATMENT AND OUTCOMES:

  1. Immobilization with Philadelphia collar for 6 weeks.
  2. Repeat active extension and flexion radiographs at 3 and 6 weeks post-injury showed no delayed increase in stability.
  3. Neck isometric exercises started 3 weeks post injury.
  4. Range of motion and neck strengthening exercises started 6 weeks post injury.
  1. Returned to sports 3 months post injury when he had full, painless range of motion, normal strength and able to meet the demands of his sport.

 

Attached  Addendum   ACSM - MSSE  hyperlink  for  Instructions  and  Guidelines

 

Technical  Guidelines

 

Terminology and Units of Measurement


To promote consistency and clarity of communication, authors should use standard terms generally acceptable to the field of exercise science and sports medicine.

The units of measurement shall be Système International d'Unités (SI).  Permitted exceptions to SI are heart rate—beats per minute (bpm); blood pressure—mm Hg; gas pressure—mm Hg.  When expressing compound units of measurement, authors must locate the raised dot midway between lines to avoid confusion with periods; for example, mL·min-1·kg-1.

The basic and derived units most commonly used in reporting research in this journal include the following:
mass—gram (g) or kilogram (kg); force—newton (N); distance—meter (m), kilometer (km); temperature—degree Celsius (°C); energy, heat, work—joule (J) or kilojoule (kJ); power—watt (W); torque—newton-meter (N·m); frequency—hertz (Hz); pressure—pascal (Pa); time—second (s), minute (min), hour (h); volume—liter (L), milliliter (mL); and amount of a particular substance—mole (mol), millimole (mmol).  Selected conversion factors: 1 N = 0.102 kg (force); 1 J = 1 N·m = 0.000239 kcal = 0.102 kg·m; 1 kJ = 1000 N·m = 0.239 kcal = 102 kg·m; 1 W = 1 J·s-1 = 6.118 kg·m·min-1.

 

Sample Size


Authors should justify the adequacy of their sample size by providing calculations regarding the power of their statistical tests.  While there are different approaches that authors may take in performing these calculations, the book by Cohen is recommended as an appropriate starting point  [ Cohen J. Statistical Power Analysis for the Behavioral Sciences. 2nd ed. Hillsdale (NJ): Lawrence Erlbaum Associates; 1988. 567 p. ].

 

Formulas and Equations


Simple in-text formulas and equations should be presented in a single line:
M = (a + b)/(x + y).  More complex equations should be set displayed, and, if referenced in text, shall have an equation number: 

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All unusual characters must be accompanied by a definition or explanation.

Figures


Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® accepts electronic file artwork only.  Captions are required for all figures and shall appear on a separate page at the end of the manuscript.

Guidelines (
http://edmgr.ovid.com/lww-final/accounts/5StepsforArt.pdf):

  • Each figure should be saved as a separate file without captions.  Any figure with multiple parts should be sent as one file with each part labeled the way it is to appear in print.
  • Files should be saved as and submitted in .tif or .eps format—jpeg, .gif, or files downloaded from the internet are not acceptable due to low resolution.
  • Black-and-white line art should be saved at 900–1200 dpi (dots per inch) resolution with monochrome, 1-bit color mode.
  • Photographs, CT scans, radiographs, etc. should be saved at a resolution of at least 300 dpi.
  • Combination photo–line art and grayscale images should be saved at 600–900 dpi.
  • Color images should be scanned in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) mode. Do not submit any figures in RGB (red, green, blue) mode.
  • Lettering (symbols, letters, and numbers) should be between 8 and 12 points, with consistent spacing and alignment.  Font face maybe serif (Times Roman) or sans serif (Arial).
  • Line width should be ¾ point or greater.
  • Any extra white or black space surrounding the image should be cropped.  Ensure that subject-identifying information (i.e., faces, names, or any other identifying features) is cropped or opaque.
  • Artwork should be submitted in final size and should be cropped and rotated as it will appear in the final printed piece.

Tables

  • Tables should be double-spaced and designed to fit a one-column width (3¼ inches) or a two-column width (7 inches) on a single page. Large, multipage tables are candidates for supplemental digital content (SDC).
  • Each table shall have a brief caption; explanatory matter should be in footnotes below the table.
  • The table shall contain means and the units of variation (SD, SE, etc.) and must be free of nonsignificant decimal places.
  • Abbreviations used in tables must be consistent with those used in the text and figures.  Definition symbols should be listed in the order of appearance, determined by reading horizontally across the table and should be identified by standard symbols.

 

Supplemental Digital Content (SDC)


Authors may submit supplemental digital content (SDC) that enhances their article's text via Editorial Manager.  SDC may include standard media such as text documents, graphics, audio, video, etc.  On the Attach Files page of the submission process, please select Supplemental Audio, Video, or Data for your uploaded file as the Submission Item.  If an article with SDC is accepted, production staff will create a URL with the SDC file.  The URL will be placed in the call-out within the article. SDC files are not copy-edited by LWW staff; they will be presented digitally as submitted.  SDC content will appear online only and will not appear in print.  For a list of all available file types and detailed instructions, please visit http://links.lww.com/A142.  Please note that SDC should not include cover letters to the editor, forms required by the editorial office, or items required in the manuscript file.

 

SDC Callouts


Supplemental digital content must be cited consecutively in the text of the submitted manuscript.  Citations should include the type of material submitted (Audio, Figure, Table, etc.), be clearly labeled as "Supplemental Digital Content," include the sequential list number, and provide a description of the supplemental content.  All descriptive text should be included in the call-out as it will not appear elsewhere in the article.

Example:  We performed many tests on the degrees of flexibility in the elbow (see Video, Supplemental Digital Content 1, which demonstrates elbow flexibility) and found our results inconclusive.

List of Supplemental Digital Content


A listing of Supplemental Digital Content must be submitted at the end of the manuscript file.  Include the SDC number and file type of the Supplemental Digital Content.  This text will be removed by our production staff and not be published.

Example: Supplemental Digital Content 1. wmv


SDC File Requirements


All acceptable file types are permissible up to 10 MB. For audio or video files greater than 10 MB, authors should first query the journal office for approval.  For a list of all available file types and detailed instructions, please visit http://links.lww.com/A142.

Human  &  Animal  Experimentation  Policy  Statements


Failure to comply with the guidelines that follow and to guarantee such conformance by a statement in the manuscript will result in rejection of the manuscript.

Studies and case reports involving the use of human subjects shall conform to the policy statement regarding the use of human subjects and written informed consent as published by Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®.  All studies involving animal experimentation shall be conducted in conformance with the policy statement of the American College of Sports Medicine on research with experimental animals as published by Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®.

Policy Statement Regarding the Use of Human Subjects and Informed Consent


By law, any experimental subject or clinical patient who is exposed to possible physical, psychological, or social injury must give informed consent prior to participating in a proposed project.  Informed consent can be defined as the knowing consent of an individual or his legally authorized representative so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice without undue inducement or any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, or other form of constraint or coercion.

The Editorial Board of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® requires that all appropriate steps be taken in obtaining the informed consent of any and all human subjects employed by investigators submitting manuscripts for review and possible publication.  In most cases, written informed consent should be obtained by having the subject read a document (an Informed Consent Form) presenting all information pertinent to the investigation or project and affixing a signature indicating that the document has been read and consent given to participation under the conditions described therein.  In some cases, usually when risks to subjects are very low (e.g., survey research), the Institutional Review Board of record may approve the conduct of the investigation and declare the study to be exempt from the usual requirement of obtaining written informed consent, in lieu of obtaining the participants’ verbal consent to participate.  Information presented at the time of consent should be provided in a way that it is easily understood by the subjects and provided in a language in which the subjects are fluent.

Investigators are requested to consider the following items for inclusion in an Informed Consent Form, or process, as appropriate to the particular project:

 

  • A general statement of the background of the project and the project objectives.
  • A fair explanation of the procedures to be followed and their purposes, identification of any procedures that are experimental, and description of any and all risks attendant to the procedures.
  • A description of any benefits to be reasonably expected and, in the case of treatment, disclosure of any appropriate alternative procedures that might be advantageous to the subject.
  • An offer to answer any queries of the subject concerning procedures or other aspects of the project.
  • An instruction that the subject is free to withdraw consent and to discontinue participation in the project or activity at any time without prejudice to the subject.
  • An instruction that, in the case of questionnaires and interviews, the subject is free to deny answer to specific items or questions.
  • An instruction that, if services or treatment are involved in the setting or context of the project, they will be neither enhanced nor diminished as a result of the subject’s decision to volunteer or not to volunteer participation in the project.
  • An explanation of the procedures to be taken to ensure the confidentiality of the data and information to be derived from the subject.  If subjects are to be identified by name in the manuscript, permission for same should be obtained in the Informed Consent Form or obtained in writing at a later date.

 

If the subject is to be videotaped or photographed in any manner, this must be disclosed in the Informed Consent Form.  The subject must be advised as to who will have custody of such videotapes or photographs, who will have access to the tapes or photographs, how the tapes or photographs are to be used, and what will be done with them when the study is completed.

The informed consent document, or process, shall not contain any exculpatory language or any other waiver of legal rights releasing, or appearing to release, an investigator, project director, or institution from liability.  If a consent form is used, at the bottom of the form, provision shall be made for the signature of the subject (and / or a legally authorized representative) and the date.  It is generally advisable to precede this with a statement to the effect that the subject and/or representative have read the statement and understand it.  In the case of minors, one or both parents should sign (as appropriate).  For minors of sufficient maturity, signatures should be obtained from the subject and the parent(s).

The Editorial Board endorses the Declaration of Helsinki of the World Medical Association as regards the conduct of clinical research.  Physicians are expected to comply with the principles set forth in this declaration when research involves the use of patients.  In the case of psychological research, investigators will be expected to comply with the principles established by the American Psychological Association (Ethical Principles in the Conduct of Research with Human Participants.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association; 1982).  The use of subjects should be approved by an ethics committee prior to the investigation and shall be stated in the Methods section of the submitted manuscript.

It will not be necessary for an author to describe in the manuscript the specific steps that were taken to obtain informed consent, to ensure confidentiality of results, or to protect the privacy rights of participating subjects.  It will be satisfactory for the author to indicate that, “informed consent was obtained from the subject,” or by similar wording.  Manuscripts reporting research approved for conduct as exempt from the requirement for obtaining written informed consent should identify the specific Institutional Review Board of record that made that determination.  It will be understood by the editors that such a statement indicates the author’s guarantee of compliance with the directives presented above.

Policy Statement of the American College of Sports Medicine on Research with Experimental Animals


The ability of science to enhance the well-being of humans and animals depends directly on advancements made possible by research, much of which requires the use and availability of experimental animals.  Therefore, all who propose to use animals for research, education, or testing purposes must assume the responsibility for their general welfare.  It is essential to recognize and to appreciate that the intent of scientific research is to provide results that will advance knowledge for the general and specific benefits of humans and animals.  To accomplish these goals, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) will support research of high scientific merit that includes the use of experimental animals.

Before the College will consider supporting research projects, the College must receive written assurances from the institution that the policies and procedures detailed by the Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals.  Washington, DC:  National Academy Press; 1996) and proclaimed in the Animal Welfare Act (PL89-544, PL91-979, and PL94-279) are policies of the institution.  Furthermore, ACSM endorses the rules, procedures, and recommendations for the care of laboratory animals as advocated by the American Association for Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC).  Support for research and publication of research findings by ACSM require that the institution where the research was conducted confirm it has filed a National Institutes of Health assurance and/or has AAALAC approved facilities.



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