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Michael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM
Reducing Climatic Heat Stress Risk In Young Athletes
Before young athletes start physical conditioning for fall sports, pediatricians have some advice for the athletes, parents, and adults who are running practice on hot, humid days: Use some common sense and appropriate measures to keep the kids out of danger. Michael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM, Director of the National Institute for Athletic Health & Performanceand a leading expert in the field, joins Melanie Cole M.S. to discuss preventing climatic heat stress in young athletes. Don't miss this very important show.
Michael F. Bergeron, Ph.D., FACSM is the Director of the National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota at the Sanford USD Medical Center. He also has an appointment as a Senior Scientist in Sanford Children’s Health Research Center. Internationally recognized for his research in exercise, heat stress, and youth athletic health and leadership in the sports medicine community, Dr. Bergeron is a Fellow and past Trustee of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and also past Chair of the ACSM Strategic Health Initiative – Youth Sports and Health Committee. He is currently a member of the National Federation of State High School Associations Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and was recently a consultant member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Executive Committee for the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. Dr. Bergeron serves as an Editorial Board member for the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism and Journal of Athletic Training. He also serves as a clinical and scientific consultant to the WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) Professional Tour Medical Services. Dr. Bergeron has been a regular member of scientific review panels of the Congressionally Directed Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) and Defense Medical Research and Development Program (DMRDP) for the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and the United States Army Medical Research and Material Command (USAMRMC) in the areas of Disease Prevention and Epidemiology, Bone Health and Military Medical Readiness, and Military Nutrition Research. Dr. Bergeron has participated recently as a leading faculty member on Department of Defense consensus panels for Exertional Heat Stroke: Return to Duty and Extreme Conditioning Programs. He has also worked with a number of junior, collegiate, and professional athletes on training and nutrition related to preparation, competition, and recovery strategies in the heat, with a particular emphasis on helping athletes to avoid exertional muscle cramping. Dr. Bergeron’s current research is focused on the effects of exercise in the heat and thermal strain on neuromuscular control and injury risk, as well as glycemic control in youth athletes with Type 1 diabetes. The institute is also examining myriad physiological and neuromuscular characteristics associated with mild traumatic brain injury and recovery.
Melanie Cole, M.S.
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