Posts Tagged ‘Family Lifestyle’

ISPA Participating an Exciting Conference!

Monday, May 10th, 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.

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

Burning Fat in Winter Workouts

Friday, January 29th, 2010

I researched a great tip to pass on to your clients:

The age-old question is, ‘Do we burn more fat exercising outdoors in colder weather or in hotter weather?’ I have heard professionals banter back and forth on this issue for as long as I been a gym rat. During this brutal Midwestern winter I decided to do some research on this and I gave up with the definitive answer. I found the definitive study on this in the journal, Sports Medicine 1991 issue. The study was conducted at the Naval Medical Research Institute. They found that fat metabolism was actually slowed down in cold weather. They hypothesized that the slow down in metabolism could be linked to the constriction of blood vessels in the peripheral fatty tissues when exercise is done in the cold. The study also found interesting results on breathing outside. (Don’t we all feel that are breathing is so much deeper and cleaner when we run in the cold weather?) They found that indeed, upon initial contact with cold weather the volume of air inhaled and exhaled in the first minute is higher but soon after continuing to exercise (run) in the cold it returns to rates comparable to what it is when we exercise (run) in warm weather. (Hmmmmm……) They also found that heart rate is generally lower in cold weather exercise.

This is great information to pass onto clients at all levels when they ask this question of you. Now you have the definitive response and the research to cite. Run with it. (Excuse the pun.)

Dr. John Mayer, President

Sports Concussions

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Great read in the NY Times today about concussions in sports. Check out the article here: Lawmakers Grill Doctor for His Views on Concussions. This is an issue that deserves serious attention. Sports Professionals must educate athletes on the dangers of concussions and how to safely engage in their respective sport. Lets all work together to bring more visibility to this important issue.

Justin Mayer-Executive Director, ISPA

Tiger Woods Loses International Award

Friday, December 18th, 2009


News Release



Tiger Woods stripped of decade award

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Chicago, IL—Dec. 18, 2009—The International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA) announced today that it has named Lance Armstrong as its Athlete of the Decade. Although Armstrong would have been named regardless of Tiger Woods recent problems Woods recent problems pushed him out of consideration.

“It was a fairly close race prior to the revelations that arose about Mr. Woods, but Mr. Armstrong was still our organization’s pick. When the stories broke about Tiger Woods’ infidelity and now the suspicion of his use of performance enhancing drugs that didn’t even make it close. Lance Armstrong is our pick for athlete of the decade.” Said Justin Mayer, Executive Director of ISPA.

“Our international organization’s mission is to assist in the safe and healthy participation in sports at all levels by credentialing those professionals who service sports and athletes. To accomplish this, our professionals uphold the highest standards and adhere to a code of ethics. Tiger Woods’ behavior took him out of the running for Athlete of the Decade.” Added Dr. John Mayer, President of ISPA.

The International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA) is the world’s largest credentialing service for professionals in sports. The ISPA sets standards for its membership by providing professional services to the sports world spanning children’s sports to professional athletes. The ISPA includes a wide variety of professional occupations from coaches, sport psychologists, physicians, accountants, agents, physical therapists, chiropractors, nutritionists, sport physiologists, trainers, and more. ISPA designates that member professionals adhere to a strict code of ethics and have met the highest standards in their fields to provide professional services to athletes and to sports. ISPA maintains a National Register of sports professionals; professionals listed in the register are the top professionals serving all domestic sports at all levels.  www.TheSportsProfessionals.com

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The Tiger’s Handlers & Charles Barkley

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

ISPA likes Charles Barkley! In fact I have always liked Charles Barkley. I met him once casually when he was still playing. I was in a hotel and Charles ambled down to a lounge area next to a sports themed bar in the hotel lobby. There were no seats in or near the bar, so he waddled over and sat where I was sitting. I have used words like amble and waddle because he had just played that night and he walked as if he had a hundred pound lead weight on his back. He introduced himself politely (Remember he was at the height of being tagged as the original bad boy of the NBA.) and stated he just wanted to get one beer and relax. Well, he was soon spotted by the sports bar knuckleheads who immediately began taunting him and even throwing crushed up bar napkins and straws in our direction. Throughout this entire ordeal Charles didn’t even flinch and he conducted a pleasant conversation. He was gentle, polite and intellectual. I was as impressed with him as a man, not just an athlete, as anyone I have met in my career.

I just read some comments Charles Barkley made on the Tiger Woods situation and they echo what I mentioned yesterday in this blog space. He said, “I think any celebrity who pays these ‘crises management’ people to speak for them is an idiot. Say your thing, say you screwed up, my bad, move on.”  Vintage Charles Barkley. Common sense, practical, candid and smart.

Charles will be on a new special this Sunday on the HLN channel called, “With all due Respect.” He will co-host with CNN host Robin Meade. I’m going to tune in just to support this man who appears to mirror the same values and voice of ISPA and a man I am very impressed with.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President-ISPA

Tiger Woods’ and his Handlers

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Well Tiger Woods was in fact named Sportsman of the Decade by one prestigious publication. This announcement, of course, brought my attention back to his woeful situation. I glanced at a newspaper story that gave the facts of how one woman got involved with Tiger. It seems as though one of Tiger’s “people” approached the woman and said that Tiger would like to meet you. Ok, so here’s my problem. Where are the ethics of this Tiger staffer? How can a person who has his best interests, his needs as a priority do this hook-up for him. How come we are not screaming for these people’s heads?

Of course, assuming anyone who would do such a thing is a Neanderthal, and Neanderthal’s consider the procurement of women a sport, maybe these Tiger Handlers should be nominated by the THE ONION as Sportsmen of the Decade. They sure have made an enormous impact on the world of sport by their actions.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President-ISPA

Are Athletes Heroes?

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Tiger Woods was seemingly an athlete that you could look up to, an athlete that you could let your kids hang a poster of in their rooms. Now of course this too has changed like so many other things in modern sports. Raising the question are athletes heroes? Is it still okay to view athletes as heroes? Has it ever been okay to view athletes as heroes?

Of course back in the days of Babe Ruth athletes private lives remained private and their indiscretions never saw the light of day. Now, in a society where information is distributed in seconds and nothing is private, the lives of athletes is front-page news. There seems to be more interest in some athletes lives then the actual sports they play. How then can anyone view athletes as heroes? How can a parent allow his or her child to proudly hang a poster of someone who is an adulterer or gambles excessively? Perhaps, we need to be careful not view the individual as a hero but view their athletic prowess as heroic. Parents can point out to their children how teams work together and the dedication required to become a great athlete and how this can translate into every facet of life from school to sports. Let’s keep the focus on the field and view the performances as heroes and not the individuals.

Justin Mayer, Executive Director-ISPA

General Mills Applauded by ISPA

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

General Mills, a leading maker of breakfast cereal, has announced that it is cutting the amount of sugar in 10 of its cereals geared toward children. They will strive for single digit grams of sugar per serving. This is fantastic news for families. The children’s obesity crises is out of control in the United States and now families have an added champion—-General MIlls. Congratulations General Mills! For other ways to help your family eat better and lead a healthy lifestyle, see my new book, FAMILY FIT. It is available now through the ISPA bookstore or at Amazon.com. In January, 2010 it hits the bookstores.

Please support General Mills and buy their products to keep them moving in the right direction.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President, ISPA

Tiger Woods’ Therapist

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

It has been reported that Tiger Woods is in “marriage counseling” as a result of these current events in his life. I am sending a plea out that Mr. Woods needs more than marriage counseling to correct his behavior and his public image. Marriage counseling is a very circumscribed intervention. It is a wonderful help to a marriage relationship when conducted by a skilled professional therapist. BUT, a caution here. If only a small amount of the facts being paraded in the news about Mr. Woods is true, it is my professional opinion that he needs individual therapy in conjunction with therapeutic intervention on his marriage. Mr. Woods may be suffering from what plagues most athletes, especially professional athletes. That is, the pressure and stress from their performance is resulting in negative consequences in their life.

The credentialed professionals in the International Sports Professionals Association(ISPA) are those best qualified to intervene in the lives of athletes suffering from these disorders. We know athletes well. Many of us having been athletes all our lives.

With well over 25 years of experience as a clinical psychologist and noted for my success in offering practical and direct interventions, I would offer myself to intervene into this situation and solve it with the Woods. I hope and pray that Mr. & Mrs. Woods and their family are receiving the best help they can get and are not just going through the motions with some quasi-professional so that they can report this to the media. Please get the best help you can.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President-ISPA