Archive for September, 2009

Go Chicago!

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Only 3 days remain until The International Olympic committee announces the host of the 2016 Summer Olympics. ISPA is pulling for its hometown, Chicago, to be selected as the host city. Check out www.Chicago2016.org for more information.

Athlete Hero

Monday, September 14th, 2009

This week’s Sports Illustrated, September 14, 2009 issue, has a story for all of us. Written by Selena Roberts and appearing on the very last page of the magazine in the ‘Point After’ column, she writes a poignant article about a high school athlete.

It is an article about what is most joyous and what is most sad in the lives of our teenagers. The article is about a high School athlete, Kaleb Eulls, an outstanding student and athlete from Mississippi. Kaleb was on a bus one morning when another student, a 14-year-old girl took out a gun from her backpack and threatened revenge for being bullied. Kaleb was able to disarm her (Please get this magazine and read the article) and save anyone from getting hurt. Ms. Roberts details how modest and hardworking Kaleb is in his everyday life apart from this incident. He remained that way throughout the national attention he received as a result of this heroic deed.

In the last two weeks I have given many presentations on bullying and teasing at schools in my professional role as a clinical psychologist. I have also just finished publishing a very affordable and comprehensive manual for schools to apply to their school to STOP and PREVENT bullying and teasing behavior among students. My goal is to provide schools with tools they can use without expending enormous resources and money. (Comparable programs cost in the thousands of dollars-mine is a straightforward, hard-hitting manual for schools for $25.)

The appearance of this article, in a magazine devoted to sports underscores the seriousness of this problem of bullying and teasing among students of all ages. Children, teens, adults are being hurt and killed by this behavior. It is time we stopped it in our society. In the next few weeks I will have a booklet available on www.NogginPower2.com, I call them Mini-Manuals, for parents on this issue as well.

We could have lost this special young man, Kaleb Eulls, innocently because of this deadly behavior of teasing and bullying others. Help stop it NOW!

Dr. John E. Mayer-President, ISPA

Introducing ISPA Video Blogging!

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

In addition to our written material ISPA will be integrating in video blogs. We hope you will find them informative. Below is and introduction to ISPA from president Dr. John Mayer and also another video about how ISPA seeks to enhance careers in sports.

Kids Triathlons

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

In article appeared in last Thursday’s New York Times on Kids Triathlons. I was glad to see some publicity about this great sport, however, was a little disappointed that the article focused primarily on the dangers of the sport and not more on the positives. As a former youth Triathlete I can attest to the benefits of Kids Triathlons. Triathlon taught me a lot about working towards goals and the pure joy of competition. Furthermore, it gave me a diverse athletic background that prevented overuse injuries that plague so many young athletes who specialize in one sport. Yes, Triathlon like many youth sports has dangers, however, when a child is guided correctly there is no reason for concern. When children are young they should only be worried about having fun and should be involved with a variety of athletic events. Triathlon is a great way for children to stay active and learn about themselves and their bodies.