ACSM-Backed PHIT Bill Passes House of Representatives

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed House Resolution 6199, the Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018, by a vote of 277-142. The Personal Health Investment Today (PHIT) Act, a bill that provides Americans with the ability to invest in active, healthy activities that promote improved health, was included as part of H.R. 6199. The legislation now moves to the Senate for consideration.

The PHIT Act, sponsored by representatives Jason Smith (R-MO) and Ron Kind (D-WI), would amend the Internal Revenue Code to allow a medical care tax deduction in health savings accounts for up to $1,000 ($500 single filer) of qualified sports and fitness expenses per year. The bill defines “qualified sports and fitness expenses” as amounts paid exclusively for the sole purpose of participating in a physical activity, including fitness facility memberships, physical exercise or activity programs, and safety equipment for a physical exercise or activity program.

“The number of individuals not meeting physical activity guidelines is staggering, and cost has become a barrier for too many Americans,” said Jim Whitehead, CEO and Executive Vice President for the American College of Sports Medicine. “The PHIT Act will lower this barrier and help move more Americans from inactive to active, addressing a critical health issue in our culture today.”

ACSM has been actively involved in advocating for the PHIT Act through direct advocacy, its annual Capitol Hill Day and Action Alerts, and it will push for its adoption into law. As the bill continues down the legislative path, ACSM will work with Congress to ensure that the legislation meets its intended goals of creating health care policy that promotes active, healthy lifestyles.

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2018 Texas 4000 Team Rolls Into Chicago As Part of A 70-Day Journey to Alaska for 15th Annual Ride Benefiting Cancer Research

More than 60 college students participate in longest annual charity bike ride in the world.

This summer, more than 60 students from The University of Texas at Austin will ride from Austin, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska, as part of the 15th Anniversary of Texas 4000 for Cancer, the longest annual charity bike ride in the world. The team will ride more than 4,000 miles over the course of 70 days beginning June 1st with the mission of fighting cancer by sharing hope, knowledge and charity at every stop along the route.

On June 1st, Texas 4000 supporters celebrated the ride’s ceremonial send off at Day Zero at the Robert B. Rowling Hall Auditorium on The University of Texas campus. Civic leaders, including philanthropist and long-time Texas 4000 supporter Luci Baines Johnson, delivered a motivational message to the group of volunteers, riders, family and friends. Two grant checks were awarded to the Dell Medical School and the University of Texas’ Cockrell School of Engineering.

The Texas 4000 team will be rolling through Chicago on June 29, 2018, just 28 days after departing from Austin, Texas on their way to Anchorage, Alaska. Texas 4000 is more than an endurance ride for cancer. It combines leadership development, physical training, cancer awareness outreach, volunteer opportunities and philanthropic commitment.

All students undergo an application process to be part of the 18-month program and once selected, each student is required to raise $4,500, ride 2,000 training miles with his/her team, volunteer more than 50 hours in the community, and play an active role in planning every aspect of the ride to Alaska by attending weekly meetings and taking leadership positions within the team.

Over the years, more than 750 students have made the trek from Austin to Anchorage, collectively raising more than $8.4 million in the fight against cancer since the ride began in 2004.

The riders will take one of three different routes to Alaska:

Sierra Route: These riders head northwest from Austin and cycle through the Southwest to California, then north along the West Coast and into Canada. Major cities along the route include: Santa Fe, NM; San Francisco, CA; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; Vancouver, B.C.
Rockies Route: These riders cycle north from Austin and cut over to the Rocky Mountains. They’ll ride through the western U.S. before crossing the Canadian border into Alberta. Major cities along the route include: Dallas, TX; Oklahoma City, OK; Denver, CO; Calgary, AB.
Ozarks Route: These riders travel east from Austin, then cut northeast through the American Midwest before crossing the Canadian border and cycling across four Canadian provinces. Major cities along the route include: Houston, TX; St. Louis, MO; Chicago, IL; Minneapolis, MN; Madison, WI; Winnipeg, MB; Edmonton, AB.
In Canada, the three groups will reunite and ride the final 10 days together to Anchorage, Alaska.

On each of the three routes, the riders will make stops along the way to present grants to cancer research and support service organizations such as MD Anderson Cancer Center, Young Adult Cancer Canada, Brent’s Place and Texas Children’s Hospital.

“These young men and women are inspirational leaders in the fight against cancer,” said Scott Crews, Executive Director of Texas 4000. “Because cancer has touched them or someone they know, they are committed to raising funds for cancer research and support services, helping to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Shortly after their return to Austin, the riders will celebrate their journey at the Tribute Gala on Friday, August 24, at the Hyatt Regency. Tickets and sponsorships are available on the Texas 4000 website.

About Texas 4000
Texas 4000 for Cancer is a nonprofit organization with a mission to cultivate student leaders and engage communities in the fight against cancer. Each year a team of dedicated University of Texas at Austin students complete a more than 4,000-mile bike ride from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska sharing Hope, Knowledge, and Charity along the way. Over the course of their 18-month involvement with Texas 4000, riders train, fundraise, volunteer in the community, and serve in leadership roles to help plan every aspect of the summer ride.Texas 4000

The leadership development program culminates in Texas 4000’s capstone event, a 70-day summer ride – the longest annual charity bike ride in the world. Since 2004, 751 students have completed the ride, raising over $8.4 million and logging 4,270,000 miles – fighting cancer every mile. Find us at, or

2018 Chicago Sports Medicine Symposium: Save the Date!

2018 Chicago Sports Medicine Symposium: World Series of Surgery

September 7-9, 2018  |  The Westin Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL

Course Description

This course has been designed to present knee, shoulder, elbow, hip and sports medicine ailments and the most advanced treatment options from nationally and internationally recognized orthopaedic surgeons. Live surgery broadcasts, workshops, case presentations and panel discussions will offer the participants the opportunity to interact with faculty and learn the most current solutions to these challenging problems.

Target Audience

Orthopaedic surgeons, primary care practitioners, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals whose scope of practice includes sports medicine.


  • Identify diagnostic evaluation, indications, non-operative, surgical management and rehabilitation of complex shoulder instability patients.
  • Identify diagnostic evaluation, non-operative treatment, surgical indications, and rehabilitation for basic, complex and revision rotator cuff tear.
  • Review non-operative, surgical and rehabilitation management options for degenerative shoulder disease including non-operative care, arthroscopic indications and shoulder replacement strategies in the young active patient.
  • Evaluate and treat basic and complex knee ligament injuries including surgical management, injury prevention and rehabilitation.
  • Identify, evaluate, and manage Femoral Acetabular Impingement and Labral Tears of the hip
  • Recognize contemporary rehabilitation programs and return to play guidelines for common shoulder, knee and hip problems.
  • Recognize contemporary rehabilitation techniques following cartilage procedures of the knee including timing to return to activities.
  • Classify patients with meniscal deficiency, patellofemoral cartilage lesions or tibiofemoral articular cartilage defects.

Course Directors

Brian J. Cole, MD, MBA

  • Associate Chairman and Professor, Department of Orthopedics, Rush University Medical Center
  • Chairman, Department of Surgery, Rush OPH
  • Managing Partner, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush
  • Team Physician Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox


Nikhil Verma, MD

  • Professor and Director, Division of Sports Medicine
  • Fellowship Director, Sports Medicine
  • Department of Orthopedics, Rush University Medical Center
  • Team Physician, Chicago White Sox/Chicago Bulls

Kevin E. Wilk, DPT, FAPTA

Kevin is Associate Clinical Director for Champion Sports Medicine (a Select Medical Facility) in Birmingham, AL. In addition, he is the Director of Rehabilitative Research at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham and is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. Kevin is also the Rehabilitation Consultant for the Tampa Bay Rays’ Baseball Team, and has worked with the Rays for 18 years.   

Co-provided by ANNA & FORE

Foundation for Orthopaedic Research and Education (FORE)


Sports Medicine Weekly’, hosted by Dr. Brian Cole and Steve Kashul, is pleased to announce that 670 The Score Radio will be its new broadcast home. The show will air each Saturday from 8-9 am beginning June 2nd. ‘Sports Medicine Weekly’, in its 8th year, is the only radio program in the Midwest dedicated to the prevention and treatment of sports injuries among athletes of all levels.

‘Sports Medicine Weekly’ has produced more than 250 podcasts and published 1,200 blog posts featuring expert content about sports injuries and the most relevant fitness and nutrition trends today.

‘Sports Medicine Weekly’ has donated more than $100,000 in proceeds to the Advancement of Orthopedic Research and Cell Biology at Rush University Medical Center.

Dr. Brian Cole will serve as The Score’s sports injury expert and deliver prime time “Sports Medicine Reports” each week to promote the weekend show. He will also appear on other media outlets to offer insights regarding up-to-the-minute sports injury topics.

The Score-Sports Medicine Weekly partnership will provide opportunities across multiple platforms, with audio streaming and podcasts, to deliver access and marketing alignment with on-air personalities, content and brands.

Co-hosts Steve Kashul & Dr. Brian Cole

The Score is a 24/7 Chicago sports radio station with broadcast rights for the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls, DePaul Basketball and The University of Illinois Athletics along with its sister station WBBM-News, the radio home for the Chicago Bears. As part of the Entercom national portfolio of stations, it enjoys the highest rating for Chicago Sports stations according to Artbitron and Barrett Sports Media.

As one of the two largest radio broadcasters, Entercom delivers the power of local connection on a national scale and is the #1 creator of live original, local audio content and the nation’s unrivaled leader in news and sports radio.

For more information, contact David Cole at or Theresann Seeger at

Don’t miss Premier Episode One – Season Eight, airing Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 featuring:

Dr. James Andrews, Orthopaedic surgeon and founding partner for the AndrewsImage result for dr james andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. Dr. Andrews is an internationally known and respected orthopaedic surgeon with the following team affiliations:

  • Washington Redskins
  • Auburn University
  • University of Alabama
  • Troy University

Olympic Icon Dara Torres who is considered one of the greatest female competitive swimmers of all-time. She entered her first international swimming competition at age 14 and competed in her first Olympic Games a few years later in 1984. At the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, Dara became the oldest swimmer ever to compete in the Olympic Games at age 41. She took home 3 Silver Medals, including the heartbreaking 50-meter freestyle race where she missed another Gold Medal by a mere 1/100th of a second. America has fallen in love with Dara for her astonishing accomplishments and her composure in the face of defeat.

 Brian J. Cole, M.D., M.B.A.Co-host Dr. Brian Cole discussing theories on how The NBA May Be Pushing its Tallest Players to the Point of Injury.

Once upon a time, players were assigned roles and positions based on their heights. Shorter people were supposed to shoot, pass, and dribble while those more vertically gifted were expected to lumber around the basket. This was all basketball 101.

Somewhere in recent years though, unicorns emerged and the dogma was upended. Since the advent of the NBA, the average height of players has increased from 6’3” to what it is today: 6’7”. As height as increased, the league’s skill and athleticism has also ballooned.

And so, tall players (power forwards and centers) are no longer gangly giants dependent entirely on their inches to make an impact. Now, they’re expected to be sublime and omnipotent too. But while they’re tasked to bring their A-game to the court for every game, the anatomical confines of their knees may really not be about that life.