Sports Booze Celebrations as Dangerous as Steroids

The INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SPORTS PROFESSIONALS ~ ISPA

The Largest Accreditation Body Credentialing Sports Professionals in all Fields

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact:     Dr. John Mayer, President

The International Association of Sports Professionals

JMayer2@aol.com

312-920-9522

www.TheSportsProfessionals.com

TV Images of Champagne Celebrations in Sports as Harmful as the Steroid Scandal

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Chicago, IL—May 19, 2009—Television cameras seem to love to show the images of professional athletes bathing themselves in champagne as they win a championship or clinch a play-off berth. This broadcasting ritual is not only silly; it is a dangerous model for young people.

“Kids learn by modeling. When they see their heroes using a drug (alcohol) to celebrate their elation, it does more to propagate the problems we have with kids and drugs than the steroid scandals. These broadcast images are seen by millions of young people. They can see the athletes basking in the glow of the booze enhanced frenzy. They don’t see their athlete heroes injecting themselves with performance enhancing drugs. This is hidden behind closed doors and done in secret. They don’t read Mitchell reports, but they can see these ridiculous images with alcohol. We need to stop kidding ourselves; we can’t condone one drug (Alcohol) and think this is not going to lead to making it acceptable to use other drugs. (Steroids, etc.)”

Said Dr. John Mayer, President of the International Sports Professionals Association (Chicago, IL.) Dr. Mayer went on to say:

“Broadcasting has made a point of not showing fights in the stands or idiots running on to the field as a responsible way to stop this nonsense. This is not only a commendable effort, but it helped reduce the frequency of these incidents. It is time to ban these same types of idiotic celebration images so we make a difference in this modeling behavior as well. I appeal to TV directors to turn the cameras away from such negative images. Does anyone enjoy these boozy bashes? Show joyful celebrations, the athletes’ exuberance, but let them frolic about in a booze shower in private.”

The International Association of Sports Professionals (ISPA) is the world’s largest credentialing service for professionals in sports. The ISPA sets standards for its membership by providing professional services to the sports world spanning children’s sports to professional athletes. The ISPA includes a wide variety of professional occupations from coaches, sport psychologists, physicians, accountants, agents, physical therapists, chiropractors, nutritionists, sport physiologists, trainers, and more. ISPA designates that member professionals adhere to a strict code of ethics and have met the highest standards in their fields to provide professional services to athletes and to sports. ISPA maintains a National Register of sports professionals; professionals listed in the register are the top professionals serving all domestic sports at all levels.

For more information, please contact Dr. John E. Mayer at 312-920-9522 or write to JMayer2@aol.com, or 55 East Washington Street, 38th Floor, Chicago, IL  60602.  More information regarding ISPA can be found at  www.TheSportsProfessionals.com.

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