Archive for June, 2010

Zambrano Prognosis up to Cubs

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

As president of the International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA) I feel compelled to weigh in on the Carlos Zambrano incident. Carlos Zambrano’s behavior has made international headlines. His recent outburst of rage in the dugout during a professional baseball game is one of many incidents of acting out that is known by the media. Reportedly he is receiving treatment for his anger issues. Now treatment professionals are chiming in about his treatment. The details of this treatment are confidential, thus professionals cannot accurately comment on the outcome of his treatment. Like many, I have read some comments by ‘experts.’ I would just caution all that we treatment professionals can do wonders with athletes in helping them mature and cope, BUT, unless there is some change in how the system surrounding Carlos Zambrano responds to his behavior, the prognosis for lasting change in Mr. Zambrano is limited. In my very limited view of how the Chicago Cubs has dealt with Carlos and other players through the years I have questions whether they will make these systematic changes. Can the Chicago Cubs reward team play? Discipline acting-out behavior? Control poor sportsmanship? These and others are questions that require analysis of the system along with the analysis Carlos Zambrano is going through. The triggers to his behavior need to be removed if he is to return to normal functioning. This is a known fact in rehabilitation of these individuals, athletes or not. I have been acclaimed for over 25 years for helping young people with anger management problems, violence and acting-out.I urge all involved in sports to use this situation as a learning tool to help other athletes, teams and organizations. I have so much more I can say about this feel free to contact me.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President-ISPA

312-917-1240-direct

The ISPA for Institutions!

Friday, June 25th, 2010

The International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA) provides accreditation for sports-related programs at academic institutions! Such programs may include, but are not limited to:

  • Athletic Coaching
  • Athletic Therapy/Training
  • Exercise Science
  • Massage Therapy
  • Movement Science
  • Sports Agent
  • Sports and Exercise Psychology
  • Sports Counseling
  • Sport Lawyer
  • Sports Management
  • Sports Media/Broadcast
  • Sports Media/Print Journalism
  • Sport Media/Public Relations
  • Sports Medicine
  • Sport Photographer
  • Therapeutic Recreation

The ISPA is currently in the process of accrediting three (3) sports-related programs for a prominent university in Singapore! This process includes a strenuous review and development of program curriculum, standards, student expectations, faculty, and facilities. Such accreditation yields a great deal of benefits for an institution, including:

  • Added credibility for new or existing programs
  • The creation of a competitive advantage by becoming more desirable to potential students and receiving more favorable reviews
  • A great deal of guidance and development for programs from the ISPA to meet accreditation standards
  • ISPA Student Accreditation for all students enrolled in the ISPA accredited program – an incredible resumé builder for new professionals!
  • Full service publishing and promotion of materials such as sports-related academic works, articles, research, and more through the ISPA and its Affiliates.
  • Strategic advertising and marketing assistance from the ISPA in the promotion of the Institution and its programs/practices throughout the global academic community

If you and/or your institution is interested in ISPA Institutional Accreditation and would like more detailed information on the accreditation process, benefits, qualifications, or other specifics, please contact:

Andrew Teunis

ISPA Director of Business Development

(312) 920-9522

ateunis@theISPA.org

“Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – Dr. John Dewey

ISPA to Attend exciting Workers Comp Expo!

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Date: November 10, 2010

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Now in its 19th year, the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference® & Expo remains the nation’s leading event for anyone involved in the workers’ comp and disability management industries.

The full conference officially kicks off Wednesday, November 10, with an opening keynote followed by 2-1/2 days packed more than 30, topic-oriented breakout sessions.
The Expo portion of the conference brings more than 250 exhibitors together under one roof for 2 full days to display and answer questions about their products and services relevant to the workers’ comp and disability management industries. The Expo provides an additional venue for you to gather knowledge to take home plus numerous opportunities to network with your peers. For more information please visit: http://www.wcconference.com/

CWcHP Special Offer for June!

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

Purchase the study guide for the The National Certification Examination For Workers’ Compensation Healthcare Providers (CWcHP) and receive $10.00 off your purchase of the exam. This special offer is only good for the month of June.

The purpose of this certification (CWcHP – Certified Workers’ Compensation Healthcare Provider) is to establish a standard of knowledge and care for Healthcare Professionals treating patients on workers’ compensation programs. This certification is designed to help Workers’ Compensation Healthcare Professionals stand out from others in their field by acknowledging their accomplishments and expertise in regard to rehabilitating injured workers.

New Credential off to a Great Start!

Monday, June 14th, 2010

The launch of the new CWcHP certification has been very well received. Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers are becoming certified to care for the injured worker. Most who have applied for the credential thus far have had their fees paid for through their employee benefit allocation for continuing education and certifications. Thus, this credential is a Win-Win-Win for everyone. It advances the therapist/trainer’s career (Win); it advances the standing of the company they work for (Win); and most of all, it helps the clients (Win).

Please help spread the word on this important certification.

Dr. John Mayer, President

Conference Highlight

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

One of the highlights of the Sports and Society conference was to hear two of our ISPA superstars speak, Dr. Chris Stout and Kurt David. With these two speakers along with Justin Mayer, Executive Director of ISPA, Andrew Teunis, Director of Development of ISPA and myself, Dr. John Mayer, President of ISPA, the International Sports Professionals Association had a very strong showing of professionals speaking at this inaugural conference.

More and more ISPA is taking Paul Tagliabue’s call for sports leadership and standing out in the forefront of sports. We have several exciting programs we are going to roll out in the coming months.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President-the International Sports Professionals Association-ISPA

Paul Tagliabue-Conference Address

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Paul Tagliabue, the former commissioner of the NFL, gave the opening keynote address to the Sports and Society conference ISPA administration attended recently. The thrust of his message was a call for LEADERSHIP in sports and in the sports industry. He stated, “The need for leadership in sports will not diminish in the years to come.” He called for more discussion and analysis of leadership and opportunities for leadership.

Paul Tagliabue’s message was exciting for us to hear because ISPA is all about helping sports professionals take leadership in their field. His message was a strong support for the mission of The International Sports Professionals Association.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President-the International Sports Professionals Association-ISPA

Kurt A. David Receives Diplomate Credential

Friday, June 4th, 2010

While we were at the Sports and Society Conference in De Pere, Wisconsin we met up with fellow ISPA Credentialed Professional Kurt A. David.  When the ISPA told Kurt about this prestigious conference, he immediately decided to present at the conference.

The ISPA felt it would be a great time to honor Kurt’s many achievements in sports counseling by recognizing him as a Diplomate within the ISPA. Diplomate is the highest status one can reach in their field. Diplomate status is only given to a few select individuals whom have reached the pinnacle in their field. Furthermore, to be considered for Diplomate status you must exhibit great passion for sports. After spending time with Kurt it is very clear that he is not only an accomplished professional but also a passionate individual. We are honored to have Kurt A. David as an ISPA Diplomate. For more information on Kurt visit: www.fromglorydays.com

CWcHP Certification Drawing Attention

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

The release of the CWcHP certification is drawing great deal of attention. The press release ISPA sent out received 49,000 hits in the first 24 hours!

I want to say two things about this. First, you and your company should consider getting in on this new certification for Worker’s Compensation patients and Industrial Athlete patients. BECOME A LEADER IN YOUR FIELD. Second, to professionals in all fields we certify, look at the attention ISPA draws to you and your business. Check out the revolutionary CWcHP credential on our web site: www.theISPA.org.

Dr. Mayer, President

Getting Your Credential Paid For

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Yesterday ISPA announced the release of the CWcHP certification for physical therapists and athletic trainers to care for Worker’s Compensation Rehabilitation cases. I would like to highlight that several therapists are paying for their credential and examination through their employee benefits package at their place of employment. Check this out….you have usually a yearly benefit for attending conferences, extra training, credentials, etc. This is a win-win for you and your employer.

Dr. Mayer