Archive for January, 2010

Burning Fat in Winter Workouts

Friday, January 29th, 2010

I researched a great tip to pass on to your clients:

The age-old question is, ‘Do we burn more fat exercising outdoors in colder weather or in hotter weather?’ I have heard professionals banter back and forth on this issue for as long as I been a gym rat. During this brutal Midwestern winter I decided to do some research on this and I gave up with the definitive answer. I found the definitive study on this in the journal, Sports Medicine 1991 issue. The study was conducted at the Naval Medical Research Institute. They found that fat metabolism was actually slowed down in cold weather. They hypothesized that the slow down in metabolism could be linked to the constriction of blood vessels in the peripheral fatty tissues when exercise is done in the cold. The study also found interesting results on breathing outside. (Don’t we all feel that are breathing is so much deeper and cleaner when we run in the cold weather?) They found that indeed, upon initial contact with cold weather the volume of air inhaled and exhaled in the first minute is higher but soon after continuing to exercise (run) in the cold it returns to rates comparable to what it is when we exercise (run) in warm weather. (Hmmmmm……) They also found that heart rate is generally lower in cold weather exercise.

This is great information to pass onto clients at all levels when they ask this question of you. Now you have the definitive response and the research to cite. Run with it. (Excuse the pun.)

Dr. John Mayer, President

The Loss of Chicago Bear Gaines Adams

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

With the news of Chicago Bear Gaines Adams’ passing this week, there has been a wide array of speculation as to what caused him to go into cardiac arrest. Yesterday, however, some of those rumors generated were put to rest by an autopsy report which discovered Adams had an enlarged heart. As ESPN reported earlier today,  an enlarged heart is not abnormal for athletes, nor is it the sure reason why Adams went into cardiac arrest. However, it has raised other issues in regard to medical exams on professional athletes. An enlarged heart is not a condition that directly causes a person to go into cardiac arrest, but it can be a sign or symptom of other very serious heart/health conditions.

This raises some interesting questions: If the NFL is so concerned about player health and insists on extensive annual medical examinations, how was Adams’ condition not found sooner? If it was found sooner, could it have saved his life? Did the NFL somehow miss performing an EKG on Adams upon entering the NFL (standard procedure)? If so, are they at fault to some extent in this situation for not finding this condition sooner? Should athlete examinations undergo a reform to make sure such conditions are not overlooked in the future?

Gaines Adams’ full autopsy and toxicology report will be made available within the next couple of months. Until then, we can only continue to speculate as outsiders.

Our hearts go out to Gaines Adams and his loved ones in this time of sorrow. He was a gifted athlete whose potential had not yet peaked, and a dedicated family-man that will truly be missed.

– Andrew Teunis, Director of Business Development – ISPA

Seize the Day!

Friday, January 15th, 2010

~Carpe Deim~

We have all heard that phrase extolling us to grab the opportunity to realize our destiny. Well, I’ve been energized. I have just returned from the national sales conference of a large international business that I was invited to attend. Of course in the meetings the topic of the poor economy hung over the crowd like a black cloud. BUT, what was inspiring in this industry which is hit particularly hard by the downturn was that this company not only remained strong but it has taken the opportunity to plan and grow for the future during this down time. It is using the global gloom to prosper. I say, ‘Here, Here!’

I think the inspiration of this company is a particularly poignant lessen for professionals who serve sports. I see so many of my colleagues hiding under rocks during this bad economy when they should be thriving. How unsportsmanlike. Do athletes cower in the face of tough opposition? Do they stop working out because, it’s not the right time? NO, they prepare themselves in down times to face the toughest competition because that will make them better at their sport.

I say take these lessens from both the athletes we serve AND from companies like the one I just witnessed and ‘Seize the Day.’ Now is the time to groom yourself to be outstanding in the field. Being a credentialed professional through ISPA marks that you have that courage to face the stiffest competition. Seize your day today. Apply for your credentials and realize your destiny.

Only the Strong Survive!

Dr. John Mayer, President

Why ISPA?

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Why ISPA?

Nowhere will you find a sports credentialing organization more committed to its members. The International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA) is always looking to support and promote its members. Below is just a snapshot of the benefits of being a credentialed member of ISPA.

  • Career Building-We help build YOUR career
  • Comprehensive Website
  • ISPA brings publicity to your career
  • Publishing Opportunities (Especially important for academics)
  • Recognizable Credential
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Actively involves members
  • Innovative
  • Passionate
  • Interactive Blog
  • Online CEU’s

Jim Leavitt Still Fighting For USF Reinstatement

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Ex-University of South Florida Coach Jim Leavitt is still fighting hard to be reinstated as the University’s head football coach. Leavitt has now enlisted the help of a team of lawyers to fight the allegations that he both choked and hit (or slapped…) one of his players during halftime of a game earlier this season. Leavitt’s attorneys cite that the coach’s termination was “unwarranted” and that it has “violated his constitutional rights”. Hmm. Makes you wonder, doesn’t it? I assume that the supposed constitutional violation he speaks of is that he is innocent until proven guilty of these acts, and should therefore not have been fired prematurely. Leavitt continues to deny these allegations in light of the report by AOL FanHouse, citing 5 USF players and the abused player’s father, that states the coach reacted in such manner because of a mistake by the player, Joel Miller.

Regardless of what the true extent of the contact was in this situation, no coach has the right to come at a player like this, whether in private or in front of the team. In my opinion, Leavitt should exercise maturity in this situation and step down as gracefully as possible. The University did the right thing here in terminating Leavitt. What kind of message would they be sending by keeping an abusive coach like Leavitt, especially with the publicity being generated at this time?

Do you think Leavitt should be reinstated? Why or why not?

Andrew A. Teunis – Director of Business Development, ISPA

Leach, Leavitt, Pitino, and Han – Lowering the Ethical Standard

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Coaches have been receiving quite a bit of publicity lately regarding their own actions on and off the job. For example: Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach and the accusations that he locked player Adam James in an electrical closet for three hours because of his inability to play due to a concussion; University of South Florida football coach Jim Leavitt and the accusations that he grabbed player Joel Miller by the throat and hit him in the face during halftime of a game; Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino’s alleged sexual relations with Karen Sypher in a Kentucky restaurant and later funding her abortion; San Gabriel High School girl’s basketball coach Jannie Han, whom suited up for a JV exhibition game. What kind of examples are these coaches setting for the athletes and prospective players that look up to them as role models and leaders? The message they are sending is “it’s OK as long as I don’t get caught”. No wonder young professional athletes today get into as much legal trouble as they do. Their role models throughout their athletic careers (whether they be direct or indirect) have imposed this attitude of being “untouchable” and that they can do whatever they want…as long as they don’t get caught – a dangerous attitude indeed.

These are exactly the kind of attitudes and actions that ISPA looks to eliminate in the world of sports today. We are looking to dignified,  ethical coaches across the globe to step up and establish a new ethical standard for coaches today. Speaking as a coach myself, I feel a reform is in order and long, long overdue.

Andrew A. Teunis – Director of Business Development, ISPA

Calling All Dignified Coaches and Personal Trainers!

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

The International Sports Professionals Association has just launched an initiative to reach out to all dignified, stand-up professionals in the Coaching and Personal Training fields! We are calling on all Coaches and Personal Trainers to apply for membership in ISPA and join a respected and recognized group of certified professionals looking to improve the world of sports today! We invite YOU to investigate what ISPA has to offer and discover for yourself why ISPA is the largest international professional credentialing association in the world. Below, we have listed some of the benefits to joining ISPA:

  • Career building – we help build YOUR career
  • ISPA brings publicity to your career
  • This certification allows one to command a higher premium for services
  • Membership will help expand your client base
  • Listing on the International Register
  • Publishing opportunities
  • Exclusive CEU training opportunities
  • ISPA is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence
  • Cross-training opportunities
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Interactive blog
  • Access to our comprehensive website and tools
  • Innovative and passionate staff and members looking to improve the world of sports as we know it

At ISPA, we are looking to make a difference by raising the bar in regard to the ethical and moral standards that professionals are held to today. We encourage you to apply today, and we look forward to having YOU as a member of our distinguished association.

Sports Concussions

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Great read in the NY Times today about concussions in sports. Check out the article here: Lawmakers Grill Doctor for His Views on Concussions. This is an issue that deserves serious attention. Sports Professionals must educate athletes on the dangers of concussions and how to safely engage in their respective sport. Lets all work together to bring more visibility to this important issue.

Justin Mayer-Executive Director, ISPA