Archive for February, 2010

Are you Maximizing your Workplace Benefits?

Friday, February 26th, 2010

An idea that we have found very helpful is to suggest that you use your Education Benefits that your employer gives you toward your ISPA credentialing fees. This has been a great idea for many because of the simple math involved. Many companies set aside a small figure in their benefits package for Education, let’s say $200.00. Have you tried to sign up for a graduate course for $200.00? A conference fee? Buy books? Videotapes? But, ISPA credentialing starts at $195.00. Voila!

A presentation you attend is temporary, the investment in your career credentials is longstanding. Think about it.

Dr. Mayer, President

Only 7 Days Left To Submit Your Application For FREE!

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

ISPA has waived its application fee for the month of February! There are only 7 days left to take advantage of this offer! Apply for ISPA accreditation and join the world’s leading accreditation body for Professionals serving Athletes today!

Download an application here!

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Oprah Comes up Lame

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

This time Oprah is lame, as in ‘Lame Duck.’ That is the only way I can explain how her production company (HARPO) is developing a new show with Nate Berkus. The show’s theme is: “Need help with your teenage daughter? Are you constantly fighting with your daughter? Whether it’s her wardrobe, boys, or her messy room, are you finding it hard to get through to her? Do you wish your daughter would listen to you more and take your advice? Let Nate Berkus help you maneuver through teen drama.” Nate Berkus is an interior designer. Ok, he’s going to tell us how to parent our daughters? Educators, psychologists, counselors, social workers should be furious. Where and when did this guy get his training to solve these problems? Does anyone at HARPO have a conscience? Have they considered the potential harm they could cause by an interior designer giving problem advice? Is Oprah paying attention to these people?

I must admit to a guilty indulgence. I had respected Oprah, even admired her in the past. For every 16 programs that had incestuous hillbillies and 11 of celebrities jumping on couches, she would have 1 or 2 that raised the level of intelligence of the USA. By George, she should be forgiven for that 27:2 ratio just on what she has done for reading in this country. I looked away at Dr. Phil, shuddered as he paraded out his son as an expert on teens based on the boy’s credentials of just having been one, the arrogant Art Smith was/is irksome but I could just avoid those shows, the Wizard of Oz, well he seems to enjoy himself, to hell with everyone else. But, an interior designer giving parenting advice? Is this an extended middle finger to America in the last year of the show? Take this America, it doesn’t take years of training and experience and decades of research to tell you how to care for teen girls, just consult the cutest interior designer you can find. It’s easy. I don’t know how much more of this I can take Oprah.

Isn’t it about time that organizations like the APA, the NASW and NEA spoke out to defend their professions? Isn’t that what we pay dues for? For them to protect our professions and guide the public so they turn to trained people to help with these issues? If such a folly as this invaded medicine, the AMA would shut this nonsense down in a heartbeat-probably right after mini-Phil started spouting out as an expert on teens. Maybe it’s time we all question where our dues goes to these organizations? Are they protecting you and I? ISPA speaks out to defend and build our professional’s careers.

Oprah, don’t be alame (duck) control your people. You only have a few more months, go out in style.

Dr. John Mayer

ISPA Participating in exciting Conference!

Monday, February 15th, 2010

May 26-28 at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI.

ISPA is participating in an exciting conference, “A Mirror Of Our Culture: Sport and Society in America” May 26-28 at St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI. Dr. Mayer will be presenting on multiple topics. (Link to conference: https://www.snc.edu/sportandsociety/schedule.html). We encourage you to look at the link, and if any ISPA professionals would like to co-present with ISPA, please contact Justin Mayer at Justin@thesportsprofessionals.com ASAP. General registration opens on February 1st.

“A Mirror of Our Culture: Sport and Society in America” is a distinctive, intimate, and affordable three-day event that provides opportunities for sports academics and professionals working in sports-related fields to network and to share their expertise about American sports. The conference will cover the following issues:

•        Economic Issues in Sports

•        Sports History

•        Amateur and College Athletics

•        The Business of Sports

•        The Sociology of Sports

•        Sports and Education

•        Sports Communications

•        Sports and Race

The conference includes a number of elements meant to create a unique experience for all those who participate and attend. Paul Tagliabue, former Commissioner (CEO) of the National Football League, and Carl Vogel, Partner of SCP Worldwide, will give major addresses offering their perspective on “Sports in America” and “The Future of American Sports.” Dr. Robert Kustra, President of Boise State University, will be presenting “Modern College Athletics: A View from the Top.” Also, Kevin B. Blackistone of ESPN’s “Around the Horn” and the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland will be speaking on “Race and Sports in America.” Academics and practitioners will be able to network with each other and to give and hear papers and presentations on a wide range topics related to American sports.

The conference will also include a gallery exhibition of the finest American sports photography, and a juried festival of sports-themed films and videos.

ISPA and ATI Physical Therapy

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

We had a great meeting at ATI Physical Therapy at their Carol Stream, IL complex! Talk about beautiful – this complex had absolutely EVERYTHING. Weight training, cardiovascular training, gymnastics training, aquatic training, you name it! ISPA management was meeting with Dr. Chris Stout, and his team, once again to discuss some upcoming projects that will hopefully be made public in the next month or two. We are also working on putting our minds together to put together some online video training. Exciting stuff to say the least! More to come ~

– Andrew Teunis, Director of Business Development ISPA

Super Bowl Deaths

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Special advisory for ISPA professionals to use for their clients and to disseminate in their communities:

You have undoubtedly noticed that I love  the New York Times. I found another valuable piece of information in that paper in one of my favorite sections, Science Times. In the Feb. 4, 2010 edition of the NYT, reporter Anahad O’Connor wrote about studies that showed the increase in deaths and cardiac emergencies during Super Bowl Sunday. It appears as though the extra stress of this highly emotionally charged event places additional stress on those already at risk for cardiac incidents. Couple this extra stress with the traditional over-indulgence in eating and drinking and you have a recipe for disaster.

I would suggest that the responsible professional urges caution to all their clients and to their communities during this high risk day/weekend. Please pass along the message to those you encounter in your professional practice to exercise caution in their enjoyment of this sporting event. I am treating this weekend as I would the upcoming prom weekends each spring. I am passing along the message to everyone to celebrate and enjoy this event responsibly. Please help spread the word and save lives.

Our mission at ISPA is to help support sports as socially responsible activities.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President

The International Sports Professionals Association-ISPA


ISPA Diplomate Dr. Chris Stout – Entreprenuer, Activist, Psychologist

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Today we would like to recognize the accomplishments of ISPA Diplomate Dr. Chris E. Stout. Dr. Stout is an extremely accomplished professional in psychology, and works today as the Director of Research for ATI Physical Therapy. Serving as the Founding Director of the Center for Global Initiatives, Dr. Stout seeks to improve access to healthcare in underserved communities throughout the world. The Center for Global Initiatives is a non-profit organization that works to solve healthcare inequalities throughout the world by launching projects to address the needs of impoverished communities, directing public and private resources toward funding these programs, and educating and empowering individuals in those communities. In 2004, he was awarded the “Humanitarian” Award from the American Psychological Association. Dr. Stout was also appointed by the Secretary of the US Department of Commerce to the Board of Examiners for the Baldrige National Quality Award. He holds the distinction of being one of only 100 world-wide leaders appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Global Leaders of Tomorrow 2000 as well. In his free time, Dr. Stout is also an avid mountain climber. (read more about Dr. Chris Stout’s background and distinctions here).

ISPA is proud to have this outstanding humanitarian, clinician, and athlete as a representative of our organization.

– Andrew Teunis – Director of Business Development, ISPA

Opportunities for You!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

ISPA Professionals:::::::

The response to our PR blasts has been very positive. We are here to help you build your career in many ways, thus we will continue to eBlast special opportunities that come our way. Please note, when we send you these media PR opportunities just respond to the request asked for. Do not, pitch these media contacts  on your special project or next great idea. Nothing turns them off more than feeling like they are being “worked.”

This special bonus from ISPA has led to many great advances for our professionals.

Dr. John Mayer, President

ISPA No Application Fee February !

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Special Announcement!

For the month of February The International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA) will be waiving its application fee ($25.00) for new credentialed professionals. Now is the time to apply and become part of this elite organization. Click the following link to download the ISPA application (Leave the payment field blank): Application

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