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The  Greater  New  York  Regional  Chapter

of  the

American  College  of  Sports  Medicine

announces  the

2021  Annual  Fall  Conference  Call  for  Abstracts

P r e s i d e n t ’ s    C u p

Saturday,  November  13th,  2021,  from  8:30 am – 6:00 pm

at

New  York  University  Langone  Medical  Center

Farkus  Auditorium

550  1st Ave,  Manhattan,  New  York

 

Overview

The President’s Cup is a research poster competition 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 a 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 are still eligible for the national-level competition. Note: student can be either undergraduate or graduate at the national-level competition, but regional chapters can limit to just graduate students if they wish.
  3. Each regional winner must be able to attend the national ACSM Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA (May 31 – June 4, 2022) 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

 

Abstract Submission Process

Students 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 69th Annual Meeting in San Diego., CA , Tuesday May 31th to Saturday June 4th, 2022.

Deadline for Submission:  The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 11:59 pm EST,  Friday, October 15th, 2021. Notification of Acceptance: Friday, October 29th , 2021

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 Attached Addendum on pages 6 - 9.

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 69th Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.The winner will represent the GNYRC. The lead author must attend and present their abstract as a POSTER presentation at ACSM’s 69th Annual Meeting.

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 graduate
    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.
  5. 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/A142Please 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.

GNYACSM Fall’21 Meeting

COVID-19 & Health-Fitness Research Competition

Application Deadline: March 29th, 2021; 11:59 p.m. EST

Amount: $1,500.00 USD


The GNYACSM Fall’21 Meeting COVID-19 & Health-Fitness Research Competition was established for ACSM students looking to advance research into the pandemic’s impact on areas within the dimensions of health and fitness. Proposals will be evaluated on a) Innovation, b) Significance, c) Approach, and d) Feasibility. One award of $1,500 is available. Notification of acceptance: April 1st. Applicants must have undergraduate student status during the term of the grant to be considered for funding. Applicants additionally must be current members of ACSM at the time of submitting an application to receive funding award. This research competition is open to all ACSM members, including international members.
If interested, please see more details below.

Introduction

Infectious diseases and human behavior are linked. Our behavior affects transmission of viruses, such as COVID-19, but viruses affect our behavior as well. Concerning the latter, one group of measures against the COVID-19 pandemic have been the non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs; e.g., lockdowns, curfews, social distancing).

Various forms of NPIs have been implemented globally since January 2020. Although there is
noteworthy heterogeneity worldwide, NPIs have affected the majority of humanity spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically, and occupationally. In academia, researchers have been challenged to be extra innovative in an effort to keep their lines of research active while answering significant research questions that arose due to this global health crisis.

Undergraduate research has become a priority for university systems both nationally and internationally. Engagement in research at the undergraduate level has yielded positive outcomes for both students and faculty mentors. Therefore, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) is invested in further cultivating and promoting undergraduate research. Engagement in academic competition has many potential benefits for researchers, and therefore creating a undergraduate-focused research proposal competition is in line with ACSM’s mission to further advance research engagement.

The purpose of this year’s research proposal competition is to organize an undergraduate, COVID-19-focused research design competition to be held at the virtual Fall 2021 Greater New York Regional ACSM chapter meeting. These proposals in addition to their COVID-19 focus should discuss the pandemic’s impact on areas within the dimensions of health and fitness. Proposals from around the world will be accepted highlighting the far-reaching impact COVID-19 has had both domestically and internationally.

Background and Policy Statements

It is essential to read and follow the instructions and policy statements. Applicants must be current members of ACSM at the time of submitting an application to be funded. Early submission is encouraged. Late applications will be returned without review.
A Principal Investigator (PI)/Student Investigator (SI) of a grant is the individual whose research project is to be supported. He or she must be an undergraduate student where the research is to be performed and must assume personal responsibility for conducting the research being proposed and/or supervising the research activities of associates or assistants that may be required. The PI/SI must certify that he/she prepared the application and assumes responsibility for writing the proposal. Applicants for student research grants must have undergraduate student status during the term of the grant (from submission to completion and reporting during Fall 2021 GNYACSM meeting) to be considered for funding. A faculty member must be part of this project as a co-PI (at least one).

The Greater NY ACSM Chapter’s funds will not be awarded to individuals to duplicate projects, which are being supported by other funding agencies as they are intended to provide support for a well-defined, well-described research project. If a proposal is submitted to add outcomes or important aspects to a project already funded by another mechanism, the relationship of the proposed work to the project already funded must be clearly described.

Although approval is not necessary, the current proposal must be submitted for IRB approval by the time of submission at GNYACSM. So, the IRB number of your application must be included in this package.

Proposal Details

What is the Title of Your Proposal? Be clear and concise, you are limited to only 120 characters. If possible, please avoid abbreviations.
What Category(ies) Does Your Research Fall Into?

Personnel

1. Provide the requested information for the PI/SI. You may complete any Principal Investigator Biosketch template. A standard NIH biosketch may be substituted and submitted instead.
2. Personal Narrative Briefly describe why you are well-suited for your role(s) in this project. The relevant factors may include aspects of your training; your previous experimental work on this specific topic or related topics; your technical expertise; your collaborators or scientific environment; and/or your past performance in this or related fields.
3. Faculty Mentor(s) Please list all faculty with whom you will work in this project. Please enter each name on a separate line. They may complete any Principal Investigator Biosketch template. A standard NIH biosketch may be substituted and submitted instead.
4. Key Personnel (if applicable) Please list all key personnel who will be involved with the completion of this proposed project. Please enter each name on a separate line.
5. Consultants and Collaborators (if applicable) If appropriate, please list all possible consultants and collaborators. Include a letter of support in the supporting documents section. Please enter each name on a separate line.

Institutional Assurances

Please, check one:
a. IRB proposal accepted (please, provide #)
b. IRB proposal submitted and under review (please, provide #)

Budget


A) Budget Guidelines:
1. Salaries cannot be paid to faculty consultants.
2. No student salary permitted.
3. List all positions for which salary support is requested. Identify each position by name and degree, if known, or by required qualifications if not yet employed and indicate estimated percent of time and effort on project. Justify each person by stating specific role and duties in the Budget Justification.
4. Equipment: Items of all non-expendable equipment must be itemized and justified in the ‘Budget Justification’ section on the downloadable ‘Proposed Budget’ form. Funding for computers is justified only if the computer is required to perform the research.
5. Supplies: Itemize the cost of supplies by major categories, such as animals, chemicals, glassware, expendable equipment costing $400 or less, etc.
6. Animal or subject costs: In the case of animals indicate number to be used, unit cost per animal and cost for daily care.
7. If subjects are to be paid, indicate the number, fee per subject and total cost. Specifics for subject remuneration should be justified in the ‘Budget Justification’ section on the ‘Proposed Budget’ form.
8. Other: Include such items as: Office, miscellaneous, etc. Funds are not permitted for payment of fees to professional organizations; overhead costs; subscriptions to journals; purchase of books; travel, meeting registration; and publication expenses.
9. Budget Justification: Justify or explain the items of the budget. Limit to space provided.
10. Institutional Resources and Environment: Describe the facilities at your institution and laboratory available for your research. Include in this description a listing of major equipment available, support services available and senior and/or experienced personnel with whom you expect to interact.

B) Amount Requested?
Include total costs requested (overhead charges or indirect costs are not permissible)
$_________

C) Attached your itemized budget

D) Budget Justification Justify or explain the items of the budget.

Research Strategy

1. Lay Summary
State clearly and concisely (1-2 paragraphs) in lay terms your research plan, specific aims, hypotheses to be tested and anticipated outcomes(s). Answer all of the questions in terms that the general public will understand.
2. Research Strategy
Organize the Research Strategy in the specified order and using the instructions provided below. Start each section with the appropriate section heading—[Significance, Innovation, Approach.] Cite published experimental details in the Research Strategy section and provide the full reference at the end (References section). Limit to four pages.

I. Significance:

Use this section to critically evaluate the existing knowledge that relates to your proposal, including your own preliminary work in this area. Identify the new information your proposed research will provide, with respect to deficits in the existing knowledge. State the importance of your research in the overall context of the field of sports medicine, exercise science and to the mission of ACSM.
a. Explain the importance of the problem or critical barrier to progress in the field that the proposed project addresses.
b. Explain how the proposed project will improve scientific knowledge, technical capability, and/or clinical practice in one or more broad fields.
c. Describe how the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services, or preventative interventions that drive this field will be changed if the proposed aims are achieved.

II. Innovation:

a. Explain how the application challenges and seeks to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms.
b. Describe any novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation or intervention(s) to be developed or used, and any advantage over existing methodologies, instrumentation or intervention(s).
c. Explain any refinements, improvements, or new applications of theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation or interventions.

III. Approach:

a. Describe the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses to be used to accomplish the specific aims of the project. Include how the data will be collected, analyzed, and interpreted.
b. Discuss potential problems, alternative strategies, and how anticipated results will be interpreted to achieve the aims.
Supporting Documents
a) Letter of Agreement from consultants/collaborators (if applicable)
b) Budget
c) SI/PI Biosketch
d) Faculty/co-PI Biosketch(es)
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