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  • Fitness Loans During COVID-19 | Fitness Protection Program

    by David Barr | Apr 05, 2021

    USREPS ACSMACSM is part of the Gyms Act team - to provide Small Business Administration grants to small gyms and fitness studio owners.

    According to the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA),

    COVID-19 related closures were responsible for a 58% decline in revenue and the loss of 1.4 million jobs in 2020.

    In collaboration with IHRSA and the Coalition for the Registration of Exercise Professionals (CREP), the ACSM Certification Board (CCRB) is actively engaging with members of Congress to advocate for the Gym Mitigation and Survival Act (H.R. 890).

    This act would provide Small Business Administration grants to small gyms and fitness studio owners.

    This year saw the convening of a new Congress. One piece of legislation that has been introduced is directly related to our profession. It is H.R. 890 - Gym Mitigation and Survival Act (Gyms Act). This Act is one of many additional measures Congress is considering to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. If passed, it will provide relief to the nation’s health and fitness industry by providing Small Business Administration grants to small gyms and fitness studio owners to help them recover from significant lost revenue in 2020 due to COVID-19.

    CREP is making legislators aware that this important legislation: offers much needed relief to the fitness industry; supports the healthy lifestyles our nation seeks for the citizens; and has the potential to save thousands of jobs and small businesses.

    We know that measures have been approved to help other industries affected by this pandemic and CREP hopes that similar considerations will be given to the health and fitness industry, one that has not received targeted government aid to date. Without it, many businesses and jobs will be lost, and the health of our nation further challenged.

    To date, we have reached out to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and the members of the House Committee on Small Business (charged with reviewing this legislation), requesting their support for this legislation. We will be reaching out to others in the coming months. 

    CREP has and continues to tell government officials at the federal and state level that the contributions of exercise professionals are vitally important in promoting the healthy active lifestyles that are so important to the wellness of this country, especially during, and may be even more so after, the pandemic.  

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  • Highlighted Sessions in Environmental and Occupational Physiology to be Presented at the 2021 ACSM Annual Meeting

    by Caitlin Kinser | Apr 01, 2021

    annual meeting environmental and occupational physiologyFor those still considering whether or not to register for the 2021 ACSM virtual Annual Meeting, please keep reading to hear about the ‘not to be missed’ sessions within the Environmental and Occupation Physiology (EOP) topical area. EOP offers a comprehensive virtual program for the 2021 conference, with some sessions rolling over from 2020 in addition to many new and exciting sessions. This topical area is highly relevant to anyone interested in topics relating to human health and performance in environmental extremes, including cold exposure, heat, diving physiology, altitude and microgravity. Sessions range from basic science to applications for training, clothing and policy development in athletes, clinical populations, military, firefighters and related occupations. Many of the sessions will appeal to researchers, athletes, coaches and clinicians, so please join us for some great EOP sessions.

    We are excited to promote the EOP highlighted symposium which rolled over from the 2020 program, and aims to address the critically important topic of “Environmental Pollution, Climate Change and Human Health.” This session will be held on Thursday, June 3rd at 9:30 a.m. and brings together speakers from the U.S., Australia, Spain and Monaco. Talks include “Cooling Athletes with a Spinal Cord Injury During Exercise,” presented by Michelle Trbovich, M.D.; “Simple and Inexpensive Heat-Mitigation Strategies for Older Individuals Exposed to Extreme Heat,” by Lily Hospers; and presentations by Mar Viana, Ph.D., and Gemma Castaño-Vinyals, Ph.D., concerning air pollution and the consequences of pollution on human health, respectively. The session will be rounded up by Paolo Emilio Adami, M.D., Ph.D., discussing the World Athletics commitment to a cleaner environment, focusing on air quality, athletic performance and implications for athletes. Please join us for what will be an excellent series of talks!

    A second theme in EOP programming concerns sex-related differences in physiological responses. This provides another timely topic, discussing “Responses to Environmental Challenges for Women” chaired by Lacy Alexander, Ph.D., FACSM, and Gabrielle Giersch, Ph.D., which will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 3rd. This brings together an excellent group of speakers including Nina Stachenfeld, Ph.D., FACSM, highlighting current knowledge gaps and emphasizing the increased need to address female-specific responses to extreme environments. Billie Alba, Ph.D. and Gabrielle Giersch, Ph.D., from United States Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) will discuss sex-related modulation of physiological responses to cold and hypoxia, and thermoregulatory considerations across the menstrual cycle, respectively. Finally, Stacy Sims, Ph.D., will complete the session discussing strategies and considerations for female athletes.

    Another exciting session is a symposium on “Skin Wettedness in Thermoregulation” that will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1st, chaired by Zachary Schlader, Ph.D., FACSM, and including Ollie Jay, Ph.D., FACSM, George Havenith, Ph.D., FACSM, Davide Filingeri, Ph.D., and Nicole Vargas, Ph.D. For those interested in physiological responses during ultra-endurance events, Robert Coker, Ph.D., FACSM, Brent Ruby, Ph.D., and John Quindry, Ph.D., FACSM, will present a symposium entitled “Friends and Enemies of Physiological Resilience under Extreme Conditions” at noon on Saturday, June 5th . Topics will include cytokine responses, autonomic control, water turnover and nutrient availability during exposure to multiple stressors experienced by ultra-endurance athletes. The 2021 virtual meeting also features a comprehensive range of e-posters covering all aspects of environmental, occupational and military physiology, including physiological responses to heat, cold, altitude, hyperbaria and microgravity. Applied aspects of the EOP topical area also highlight military, police and firefighter relevant tasks and physiological responses.

    We have a phenomenal EOP program spanning the entire conference, with sessions also available to access beyond the conference period. Due to the EOP topical area boasting a very full program, only a small number of sessions are highlighted here. Please review the full EOP program and other relevant meeting information and we hope you join us for the 2021 ACSM virtual Annual Meeting

    Caroline Smith HeadshotCaroline J. Smith, Ph.D., FACSM, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Exercise Science, Appalachian State University, NC. She is Director of the Thermal and Microvascular Physiology Laboratory specializing in thermal physiology. Her research program broadly focuses on thermoregulatory responses during exposure to heat and dermal carcinogen exposure in occupational settings. Dr. Smith received her PhD in Thermal Physiology from the Environmental Ergonomics Research Center, Loughborough University, UK, and completed postdoctoral training at Noll Laboratory, The Pennsylvania State University. She is the topical representative for Environmental and Occupational Physiology on the ACSM program committee.

  • Yoga EXPLAINED | Download

    by David Barr | Mar 31, 2021

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    Yoga provides a number of well-documented physical, mental and emotional benefits, including reduced blood pressure, enhanced feelings of relaxation, stress reduction, improved digestion, better posture, increased strength and flexibility and improved balance.

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    by David Barr | Mar 30, 2021

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