Archive for April, 2010

Lance Armstrong- ISPA Athlete of the Decade Award

Monday, April 26th, 2010

One Fallen Athlete has it right.

Monday, April 26th, 2010

One of those small one paragraph blurbs appeared recently in the New York Times Sports Section (Yes, Virginia, there is a NYT sports section.) The piece mentioned that Olympic and world champion sprinter, LaShawn Merritt has accepted a provisional suspension after testing positive for using an over-the-counter male enhancement product. Merritt admitted the use of the product and stated that he hoped his family would forgive him for a, “foolish, immature and egotistical mistake.”

Let’s praise an athlete who admits to a mistake, identifies the source of his weakness and simply asks for forgiveness. No spin doctors creating ridiculous commercials with deceased parents, so scripted, insincere apologies, just acknowledging a deficit, taking a consequence and being better.

Isn’t that what we train athletes to do within their sport?

Dr. John Mayer, President

ISPA Helps a Start-up

Monday, April 19th, 2010

This is a nice story how we can help our professionals:

In a conversation with an ISPA professional, Rob Fisher, an ex-minor league (USA) baseball player, now coach and soon to be special education teacher and author, he mentioned how a fellow coach and he were going to be starting up a coaching business of their own. He asked my advice on getting started and we had a lengthy conversation. Near the end of our conversation he casually mentioned that, “Geez, I have to get a brochure together and I don’t want to pay a designer, graphic artist and printer. We have so many start-up costs already.” You could hear the stress in his voice.

I interrupted him and let him know that ISPA has a format for a brochure that was professionally done and because he is an ISPA credentialed professional we would be glad to share resources with his new business. His response: “Oh my God, thank you a thousand times, that takes so much pressure off me!”

This is what we do for our professionals, we help build careers. We have so many benefits to being credentialed with ISPA, some of which are are spontaneous and happen organically just like with Rob.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President

Workers’ Compensation Rehabilitation Certification

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

The ISPA, in conjunction with ATI Physical Therapy, is in the process of finalizing its newly designed Workers’ Compensation Rehabilitation Certification to the world! This Certification has been almost a year in the making and includes an examination that tests on the various areas of knowledge needed to rehabilitate injured workers. This Certification has also been designed to cover many different occupations within the healthcare field! This includes, but is not limited to, Physical Therapists, Athletic Trainers, Personal Trainers, Rehabilitation Specialists, Strength and Conditioning Specialists and Physicians! This landmark certification is the first and only of its kind! The ISPA is very proud of this achievement and is looking forward to its release and impact on the world of healthcare!

For more information, please contact the ISPA at info@theispa.org.

ISPA Participating an Exciting Conference!

Thursday, April 8th, 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-Professional Spotlight for April

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

The International Sports Professionals Association is pleased to announce its Credentialed Professional for April is Edgar Tham.

Edgar is Singapore’s pioneer Sport & Performance Psychologist, he has worked with more than 40 different performance domains (e.g., sports, music, performing arts, military, business, trading, etc) from the schools to world championship levels since 1993. He was employed by the Singapore Government as its very first local sport psychologist in 1995.

Edgar was the team consultant and traveling psychologist to numerous national teams preparing for the SEA Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and World Championships since 1993.  As a Registered Psychologist with the Singapore Psychological Society, Edgar is listed in the International Who’s Who of Professionals (2000) for his specialized work in peak performance psychology. He is the author of “In The Zone: The Mindset for Peak Performance in Sports,” “Psychological Rehabilitation: Mental Skills for Healing & Recovery” and co-author of “The Ideal Performance State” with Dr Daniel Weigand, President of Achieve Acumen, Inc, USA.  In 2007, Edgar developed a new high-performance SPORTS Coaching Model for executive coaching in MNC’s and business corporations.

He is long-time lecturer for the Singapore Sports Council’s National Coaching Accreditation Program in Mental Skills Training since 1996, and is a part-time faculty member of several overseas undergraduate psychology and sport science degree courses offered in Singapore.

Congratulations Edgar!

ISPA-Management Team

He is long-time lecturer for the Singapore Sports Council�s National Coaching Accreditation Program in Mental Skills Training since 1996, and is a part-time faculty member of several overseas undergraduate psychology and sport science degree courses offered in Singapore.