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Welcome--a new professional group in road racing medicine.



On October 11, over 40 medical professionals gathered at the headquarters of the LaSalle Bank LaSalle Bank Corporation is the holding company for LaSalle Bank N.A. and LaSalle Bank Midwest N.A. With $116 billion in assets, it is headquartered at 135 South LaSalle Street in Chicago, Illinois.  Chicago Marathon The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon is a major marathon held yearly in Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. Alongside the Boston, New York, London and Berlin Marathons, it is one of the five World Marathon Majors.  to kick off a new organization within the competitive sport of road racing Road racing can be a term involving road running, road bicycle races, or automobile races. As contemplated in this article, the term will be treated as it relates to motorsport, specifically, automobile racing and motorcycle racing. . The new group, the American Road Racing Medical Society (ARRMS), is a result of the vision of Bill Roberts, M.D. Bill is the Twin Cities Marathon Medical Director, Life Member of AMAA AMAA Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937
AMAA American Medical Athletic Association
AMAA American Maine-Anjou Association
AMAA Afghan Medical Association of America
AMAA Armenian Missionary Association of America, Inc.
, and the newly elected President of the American College of Sports Medicine '''Founded in 1954, the AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SPORTS MEDICINE is the largest sports medicine and exercise science organization in the world. More than 20,000 international, national and regional members are dedicated to advancing and integrating scientific research to provide educational .

Bill and I began an e-mail discussion in late spring 2002 and continued to gather interest within AMAA and the road racing community into this year. The result is a new division within AMAA and the American Running Association (ARA Ara or Arrah (both: ŭ`rə), city (1991 pop. 157,082), Bihar state, NE India, on the Son Canal. A major road and rail junction, it is the administrative center for a district that produces grain, sugarcane, and oilseed. ). ARRMS will serve the road racing community in North America as an educational resource and medical authority for road races from the 5K distance up through the ultra distances. The initial meeting focused on the group's purpose, direction, committees, and short and long terms goals for ARRMS. One of the first steps was to determine who could join. Simply put, anyone who is a medical or allied-health care professional who works or volunteers at road races is eligible. Further membership definitions are being developed by one of the organizing committees.

AMAA and ARA welcome this group as another branch of our health and running-focused organization. ARRMS will serve to educate the running industry, race organizers and the public about medical issues that impact the sport of running and road racing events. See page 5 for more information about ARRMS and its inaugural meeting.

Dave Watt, AMAA Executive Director
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Title Annotation:Front of the Pack
Author:Watt, Dave
Publication:AMAA Journal
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 22, 2003
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