Team Physicians Critical to Athlete Care, Team Success

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Athletes of all levels —from youth leagues to professional — benefit from the expert care offered by a team physician. According to the team physician consensus statement released by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and five other professional organizations, the care of a team physician is a necessary component to providing the best possible medical treatment and care to any athlete. Continue reading

Does Higher-Intensity Exercise Produce More Results?

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Over time, running may produce greater weight loss than walking, especially in men and overweight women, according to research published in the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. This study, in the April edition of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise®, indicates vigorous activity can produce greater weight loss when compared to moderate-level exercise. Continue reading

Time to Stop Prejudice Against Chinese Athletes

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Since the opening of the London Olympic Games last week, a small number of Western media have indulged in making up stories about  China that range from labeling Chinese athletes “medal machines” to doping claims based on no evidence.

By doing so, the Western writers have demonstrated an arrogance and prejudice against Chinese athletes that has ignited widespread criticism from all around the world.

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Academy Offers New Bachelor’s Degree in Strength and Conditioning

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The United States Sports Academy is now offering the only online bachelor’s degree in Strength and Conditioning that prepares students in all aspects of the field, as well as sports management.

Strength and conditioning job opportunities are expanding and the knowledge required for sports professionals in the field is also increasing. That’s why as part of its 40th anniversary, the Academy’s Board of Trustees Executive Committee approved the launch of the new program.

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Is Running Bad For Your Knees?

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An ongoing health question revolves around whether or not running is bad for a person’s knees.  It is no secret that for every pound of weight on a person’s body the impact from running is such that at the point of impact on the knee the joint faces a force of four times body weight.  In other words, a 150 pound person exerts the force of a 600 pound weight on his or her knees with every step taken during the act of running.

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Making the Case for Sports Medicine Informatics

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Federal regulations as part of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 provide thirty (30) billion dollars of incentives in the form of additional Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for physicians who can demonstrate “meaningful use” of “certified” EHR or electronic health records technology.  Payments to physicians as part of this program started in May 2011.  Physicians who practice sports medicine are eligible to receive such payments provided that their clinical information systems meet government requirements.   These incentives have created a new market opportunity for software vendors who can best meet the needs of sports medicine practices.

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