Posts Tagged ‘Coachability’

ISPA Organizational Membership

Monday, February 14th, 2011

ISPA Organizational Membership

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

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What is ISPA Organizational Membership? – ETHICS. PASSION. SERVICE. This is the mantra of the ISPA Organizational Membership Program. Proudly displayed on the ISPA Organizational Membership plaque, these are the values that embody an ISPA Organizational Member. As the world’s largest and leading international accreditation body for professionals and academic institutions serving athletes and academic communities, ISPA has been elevating the standards of professional practice in the sporting world for over 20 years. Now, it is ISPA’s our mission to do the same for the organizations that serve it. Through aligning organizations with ISPA, we seek to foster a positive environment for the athletic community and as a result raise the standards of service provide to athletes worldwide. An ISPA Organizational Membership is a cost effective way to gain both domestic and international exposure for your organization. An organization with an ISPA Organizational Membership adds prestige and an added layer of credibility to its operation. ISPA Organizational Members show their commitment to excellence to the public while also benefiting from a multitude of professional benefits for use by the organization itself and its employees.

What professional benefits does an ISPA Organizational Member receive? – In addition to recognition by ISPA as a best practices, elite organization serving the athletic community and alignment with the world’s largest and leading international sports accreditation authority, ISPA Organizational Members also receive the following professional resources, opportunities and benefits:

>> ISPA Organizational Membership plaque for display at facilities
>> A listing in the semiannually published International Journal of Sport and Ethics
>> Opportunity for employees to contribute articles and research to the International Journal of Sport and Ethics
>> Subscription to the International Journal of Sport and Ethics
>> Listing with organization’s logo and linkage on ISPA’s website
>> “Careers In Sports” 3-course CEU training program for all employees of the organization
>> Opportunity to contribute news, special offers and other announcements on the ISPA blog
>> 25% discount on professional and specialty certifications and products through ISPA for all employees
>> Use of ISPA logo and Organizational Membership badge for any and all marketing and strategic outreach purposes
>> worldwide promotion of your organization through ISPA outreach

What is the cost of ISPA Organizational Membership? – ISPA Organizational Membership fees are determined based on the number of full-time employees in the organization. ISPA Organizational Membership starts at $175 per year (or $14.58 per month) for 20 or fewer full-time employees. Fees can be invoiced on an annual or monthly basis. Discounts for 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations are also available (please inquire for rates). Please click here for the full pricing structure of ISPA Organizational Membership.

How do I become an ISPA Organizational Member? – Simply visit, scroll over the “ISPA for Organizations” tab, click “Applications” and fill out the short application either online or download it and send it to ISPA Corporate Headquarters in Chicago, IL. Click here to be linked directly to the applications page.


from now until 3/10/11, receive two (2) years of ISPA Organizational Membership for the price of one (1) year! Apply today at to take advantage of this offer!

We Challenge YOU to Find A Professional Association That Offers More Value!

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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

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

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


Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

I’d like to chime in on this discussion of coaches, but first a statement: At ISPA our mission is to help build and enhance careers for those who work in sports or wish to work in sports. Our passion is for sports and professionals. That being said, let me comment on COACHES. I am going to take a different angle from the previous blog on coaches. I agree with the previous blog entry that coaches shouldn’t be held solely accountable for a team’s success or failure. After all, the optimal word here is TEAM. A coach is but one part of the larger TEAM. To blame a coach for the failure of a TEAM is by definition a falsehood.

Now, on the other hand. What’s up with these outrageous salaries that Division I college football coaches and Basketball coaches are commanding? Are they just inviting this anti-TEAM responsibility for success and failure? Are they warranted in today’s economy? Should they be paid more than the professors and administrators of these schools? Isn’t the mission of the school academics, thus are resources being allocated incorrectly ? Love to hear opinions.

Dr. John Mayer, President-ISPA

APHA – Teens, Football & Risk

Monday, November 9th, 2009

At the annual meetings of the American Public Health Association (APHA) in Philadelphia, PA this past weekend (see the APHA came out with the results of a survey of teens that stated that teenage boys who played football are more likely than their peers to engage in risky behaviors such as drugs, drinking and violence.

We at ISPA and I independently in my clinical practice (see  have been saying for some time that we must be concerned about the youth culture within sports and how it can be a delicate environment, one where young people can learn negative behaviors just as much as they can learn the positive behaviors that we traditionally think sports can foster.

In my experience the negatives traits and behaviors that can grow out of sports can be prevented and even reversed by those adults who are in leadership roles in sports. It is our passion at ISPA to reach sports professionals in all fields, coaches, trainers, and the media to make a difference in this very issue of the fragile balance in sports at all levels between good values and harmful ones.

We need your help to spread the word about the International Sports Professionals Association-ISPA and our mission to improve the world of sports.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President

Coaches Need Credentials-Think ISPA

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Last night I spoke to a group of coaches on bullying and teasing. What impressed me about this group was the wide variations in the range of knowledge about working with young people in athletics. It reminded me and energized me that our mission at the International Sports Professionals Association-ISPA is a valuable one. COACHES NEED TO BE CREDENTIALED to assure that they keep continuing to learn and also adhere to high standards of ethics to work with young people.

Here at ISPA we credential coaches. Coaches should also keep in mind that this credential is important for their career advancement. Even if you are a volunteer coach it is important to be credentialed. Look through our web site for more details.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President-ISPA

Kids Don’t Know How to Play

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Young People Don’t Know How to Play!

Dr. John Mayer


Socrates said, “Play is the work of the child.” One of the dilemmas of today’s young people is that they often don’t know how to play. Yes, that’s right, kids don’t know how to play! And this condition is getting worse as kids are buried into technological devices as their definition of play. So, when they are among other kids, they behave awkward, fumble around and it becomes not fun. So, we witness a revolving door as they retreat back into their technological abyss.

Professionals who work in the field of sports know that today’s youth do not get enough physical activity and physical interaction with other young people. The sad condition that our schools are eliminating PE and Health classes certainly doesn’t help this problem.

A recent article in the New York Times Magazine by Peggy Orenstein titled, Kindergarten Cram. (NYT, May 3, 2009) reminded me of an article I wrote approximately four years ago on youth and play. That article of mine had a similar title to the one I am presenting here. In that article, as I am reporting here, kids just don’t know how to play. Orenstein would attribute this to the fact that they simply don’t get the chance to play like they used to. Her NYT article of May 3rd points out that Kindergarteners spend an average of 19 minutes per day in free play in comparison to 89 minutes learning literacy, 47 minutes in math, and 21 minutes in test preparation skills. Orenstein further points out that all this concern over cramming knowledge into the heads of young people in place of play is actually in vain because most experts and studies show that any advantage gained by this over-emphasis on learning is lost by middle school. She also points out that by not encouraging play valuable social and emotional skills are lost so much so that by age 15 academic achievement plummets and youth are more likely to exhibit emotional problems. She cites that authorities such as Daniel Pink have proposed that the viability of the United States in the global economy rests on the accentuation of qualities such as versatility, imagination, creativity, vision and playfulness.

But, I am probably preaching to the choir here. As fellow professionals serving sports, we all agree that kids need more activity and need to be engaged through sports participation in moving their bodies. So, let’s take a look at how this impacts us as sports professionals and think about ways to change this negative equation.

What implication does this have for us?

The areas we most see the effects of this play deficit are:

Team participation– youth have a harder time being a team player

Motivation– it is harder than ever to motivate young people

Competition– young people do not know how to handle competition

Sportsmanship– young people lack the social skills of being sportsmanlike when participating

Coachability– so much of this results in young athletes that are harder and harder to coach

Quitting– for the young person, all this translates into a youth who will not stay with athletics or become easily distracted by other diversions in life and not stay with their sport

How This Can Change:

Leadership- Adults, and certainly all of us, need to demonstrate strong leadership. Let’s get young people active and out into the playing fields, the courts and gyms…..and let’s not accept NO for an answer. Physical activity should be a part of every family’s lifestyle. But, we adults must make it such.

There is nothing wrong with insisting that young people get away from the electronics and be active with other family members. They may grunt and groan at first, but a strong leader can make the unpopular decision for the good of the family. This is true leadership.

Modeling- Not complicated to explain, we adults need to be more physically active and lead our youth into a new lifestyle. Show them the joy of moving around and playing.

Teaching– When you see negative behaviors during play, call it out to the young person and show them a better way immediately. Everyone, coaches, mom’s and dad’s, professionals helping teams/schools, should call out poor social skills when you see it and use it as a learning moment. Encourage moms and dad’s to stay and watch practices, not jut drop kids off and speed away. Then parents can given feedback to young people after the practice or game. But, don’t be the negative, mean-spirited, “Vince Lombardi” coach or parent. That type of adult style just doesn’t work with today’s youth. In fact, it will turn them off to sports and physical activity altogether. They will retreat back into the hibernation of electronics land.

Lobbying- Let’s get more physical activity back into our schools.

Research- Let’s build a strong case to prove the value of play and sports. Peggy Orenstein’s article mentioned an organization called the Alliance for Childhood. Use ISPA, with our publishing division and CEU program to educate on the value of play and sports. Send us your research and ideas for publication, from newsletter articles to CEU courses to books.

So, I end by going back to Socrates. He would say that young people are not doing their jobs. (Playing) Now, let’s do our job and get young people more active.