Archive for March, 2010

ISPA Participating an Exciting Conference!

Monday, March 29th, 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-Always Moving Forward

Friday, March 26th, 2010

It is a very exciting time to be the Executive Director of ISPA! There are so many incredible projects in the works, if I did not have a PDA I would lose track of all the projects we have in development. In addition to the Credentialed Professionals only website, we are EXPANDING our Accreditation scope to include top notch Organizations and Charities. Andrew Teunis (Director of Business Development) and Erik Nagy (International Business Consultant) have been making powerful contacts with some of the Worlds most prominent organizations. These contacts will bring even more visibility to the ISPA credential.

I am so proud to be part of an organization that is constantly moving forward, however, always remaining firmly rooted in the ethical principles that the organization was founded on. Keep checking the ISPA website for more information on all these exciting enhancements.

Yours in Sport,

Justin Mayer-Executive Director, ISPA

It doesn’t take a Rocket Scientist

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

My friends at the New York Times are at it again. In an article titled, “Baby fat may Not Be So Cute After All.” The writer Roni Caryn Rabin reports about research that indicates that our efforts to change the eating habits of children may be starting too late if we begin them in the early school years. Bravo! Exactly! But, then she ponders along with some researchers she interviewed how can we reach children at even younger ages? That’s when Roni goes from high brow NYT science reporter to: duh!

We can reach children at the earliest age by reaching their PARENTS with good habits in eating and activity level. It’s obvious. The whole theme of my latest book, FAMILY FIT, about just that. Family Fit appears on the first page of a Google search, so it wouldn’t take much to uncover the answer, Roni, it’s right there. Change families and you change kids. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to calculate that BMI (Better Motivational Insight).

Dr. John Mayer, President, ISPA

Publish or Perish

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Many professionals are desperate to find outlets for their publishing needs. I hope you remember that the ISPA has a publishing division that can serve as such an outlet. Whether it is a book or monograph or a CEU course, consider publishing with ISPA/NP2 Publishing and reach a global audience. Details are provided inside the web site.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President

ISPA- Credentialed Professionals Only Website

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Many ISPA Credentialed Professionals have emailed me asking what they can expect from the new Credentialed Professionals only website. My initial response is what would you like to see on this new website? The ISPA exists to support its Credentialed Professionals. This new exclusive website will be an amazing vehicle we will use to support our Credentialed Professionals. Comment on this thread, e-mail (Justin@thesportsprofessionals.com) or call 312-920-9522 and let us know what you would like to see on your new website. Keep checking this blog for more details on this great new enhancement!

Yours in Sport,
Justin Mayer- Executive Director, ISPA

ISPA- Exclusive Website!

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Exclusive ISPA Credentialed Professionals only content coming soon! In April we will be launching a section of our website that will be exclusive to ISPA Credentialed professionals. There will be incredible resources for Credentialed Professional in this new website. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting new enhancement!

Yours in Sport,

ISPA-Management

ISPA Online CEU Portal

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Check Out ISPA’s new online CEU Portal in the below video.

In this video we show you the new ISPA Online CEU portal. After purchasing CEUs, this portal is set up for you to access at anytime from anywhere. ISPA is continually striving to deliver new innovations to its credentialed professionals. In April, we will be launching an exclusive section on the ISPA website for Credentialed Professionals. Individuals who are not credentialed through ISPA will not be able to access this exclusive content. Stay tuned for more information on the forthcoming exclusive content.

Sincerely,

ISPA Management Team

Office First Aid/CPR/Med Emergencies

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Hello:
I am very excited by the new CEU course ISPA has up on our web site (www.TheSportsProfessionals.com). It is on office procedures for first aid–CPR–medical emergencies. Not only is this course common sense to have for ANYONE’s office, but insurance premiums, accreditation bodies, and other overseers may be satisfied to know you and your staff have taken this course.

The author of the course, Jamie Kirschner received her BSN from Winona State University. While there she did an extensive clerkship at the Mayo Clinic. Currently she is employed as a staff nurse at the University of Chicago Medical Center on an Oncology and Hematology unit. She has six years of experience as a healthcare professional and has been certified in CPR and First Aid throughout the duration of her professional career. Ms. Kirschner has presented at the Annual Conference of Qualitative Inquiry. That research is being prepared for inclusion in a scientific journal. She has also developed educational tools for nursing while at the Mayo Clinic.

Please look into this course very seriously for your benefit and the benefit of those you serve.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President

The Athlete’s Heart

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

A very important way that ISPA professionals and all those involved in sport can help athletes today is to get behind the movement to have athletes heart checked through an ECG as a part of their routine medical exam prior to participation. The benefits are enormous and the only negative that has been brought up is the extra cost involved in adding this to the typical medical exam.

Studies have shown that pre-participation screening of athletes would lower the incidence of sudden cardiac death by 89%. Coincidently, the typical cost of adding an ECG to the screening is $89.

Athletes between the ages of 14 to 35 should get this screening prior to participation. If it is not going to be a mandated part of their physical exam encourage parents and athletes to get an ECG added voluntarily to the athlete’s exam. Let’s get behind this and save lives.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President