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Top 10 Most Read Sports Medicine Bulletin In The News Articles of 2019

Sports Medicine Bulletin | Jan 02, 2020
Each Tuesday afternoon ACSM members receive ACSM's Sports Medicine Bulletin (SMB) in their inbox. Featured in each issue is the In The News section, which highlights news articles that focus on research published in ACSM journals or that feature ACSM members as subject matter experts. We present the Top 10 most read In The News articles of 2019.

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1. Why So Many of Us Don't Lose Weight When We Exercise

The New York Times | From July 16
This article highlights a recent study co-authored by ACSM Fellow Catrine Tudor-Locke, Ph.D., and colleagues.

In a just and cogent universe, of course, exercise would make us thin. Physical activity consumes calories, and if we burn calories without replacing them or reducing our overall energy expenditure, we enter negative energy balance. But human metabolisms are not always just and cogent, and multiple past studies have shown that most men and women who begin new exercise routines drop only about 30% or 40% as much weight as would be expected, given how many additional calories they are expending with exercise.

2. Caffeine Before a Workout Might Have Dangerous Side Effects

MyFitnessPal | July 23
This article highlights a study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® and includes comments from one of the co-authors, ACSM member Paul Nagelkirk, Ph.D.

In a 2019 study, Raúl Domínguez, Ph.D., leader of the sports physiology laboratory at the University Isabel I in Spain, found athletes who took caffeine supplements maximized their performance in resistance workouts. Domínguez suspects caffeine increases lipid metabolism, breaking down fats to generate energy; activates more muscle fibers and stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, decreasing the perception of pain.

3. Is My Low Resting Heart Rate Too Low?

Runner’s World | March 5
This article includes ACSM and ACSM Past-President Bill Roberts, M.D., FACSM, as sources regarding determining resting heart rate.

One of the quickest, easiest ways to gauge your heart health is to check your resting heart rate (RHR). Considered as context for a slew of other markers—like blood pressure, stress, and sleep deprivation—heart rate typically lowers at rest compared to during any sort of activity, and it varies from person to person. "It is not unusual for healthy people involved in endurance activities to develop a bradycardia based on the increased vagal tone from training that suppresses heart rate," says William O. Roberts, M.D., a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota. “Training also increases the heart size so it can push out a greater volume of blood to the body with each contraction.”

4. The Case for Getting Fitter - Not Slimmer: Why Our Obsession with Weight Could be a Mistake

National Post | Nov. 19
ACSM member Glenn Gaesser, Ph.D., shares insights from the study he co-authored with ACSM Past President Steve Blair, P.E.D., FACSM, that was published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®.

“There is a general consensus out there that a fat person is basically a premature death waiting to happen.” Dr. Glenn Gaesser is on the phone from Arizona State University in Phoenix, where the professor, exercise physiologist and author of Big Fat Lies: The Truth About Your Weight and Health is known for challenging the handwringing over obesity.

5. How to Lose 20 Pounds and Keep It Off for Good, According to Experts

Good Housekeeping | June 11 
ACSM Fellow Renee Rogers, Ph.D., offers simple and important weight loss tips in this story.

When you're setting out to lose 20 pounds or more, the temptation is to make significant changes, but you don't have to completely switch up your routine or reshape your personality to achieve lasting weight loss.

6. 40 New Health Studies That Will Change the Way You Live

Reader's Digest Canada |March 19
A study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® takes the number nine spot in this top 40 list of new health studies from around the world.

From groundbreaking treatments to the latest in prevention, these new health studies could have a major impact on how you live your life. Here’s the latest news from the world of medicine.

7. HIIT: Jordan Metzl Explains Benefits of a High-Intensity Workout

Today Show | June 4
ACSM member Jordan Metzl, M.D., stops by the Today Show to instruct about exercise and high-intensity interval training using ACSM guidelines.

You don’t need to spend hours at the gym to get an effective workout in. Sports medicine physician Dr. Jordan Metzl stops by the TODAY plaza to share workouts of various intensities and which of them gives you the biggest bang for your buck

8. What Helps Your Brain Age Better: Steady-State Exercise or HIIT Workouts?

Runner's World | Aug. 13
This article discusses new research published in the July issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise® and includes comments from ACSM graduate student member and study co-author Timo Klein.

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a go-to workout to build the stamina you need to tackle tough hills and sprints on a run. But according to new research from Australia’s University of the Sunshine Coast and the German Sport University Cologne, there’s another benefit of incorporating HIIT days into your training: Doing so can also help prevent cognitive decline as you get older.

9. Your 7 Biggest Questions About Fitness and Our Experts' Answers

Next Tribe | Aug. 6
ACSM Past President and Fellow Liz Joy, M.D., M.P.H., provides expert advice in this article about how aging adults can get moving, stay motivated and reach their goals—injury-free.

Once a woman hits the mid-century mark, staying in shape can literally mean staying alive. Yet we have issues — like nagging injuries, stubborn spots we’d like to tone, and, for the 13% of us who don’t just do it, a serious lack of interest.

10. How Hormones Affect Exercise

24Life | Oct. 22
This article discusses how hormones affect exercise and includes comments from ACSM Fellow Stuart M. Phillips, Ph.D.

Exercise performance is affected by more than our bones, joints and muscles. Hormones, or chemicals produced by glands and essential to regulating bodily processes, also play a part.