Posts Tagged ‘Family Lifestyle’


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

More on Slow Runners-NYT Article

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Last week in these blogs we debated the issue of slow runners and whether they should be allowed to compete in marathons. Today, a favorite columnist of mine in the New York Times chimed in with her own story as a slow runner. Tara Parker-Pope gives a very unique and interesting perspective on this debate. She her column at: She presents not only her own personal perspective, but brings in compelling facts and some interesting opinions from surprising sources. Check this out.

Dr. John E. Mayer

Kids Triathlons

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

In article appeared in last Thursday’s New York Times on Kids Triathlons. I was glad to see some publicity about this great sport, however, was a little disappointed that the article focused primarily on the dangers of the sport and not more on the positives. As a former youth Triathlete I can attest to the benefits of Kids Triathlons. Triathlon taught me a lot about working towards goals and the pure joy of competition. Furthermore, it gave me a diverse athletic background that prevented overuse injuries that plague so many young athletes who specialize in one sport. Yes, Triathlon like many youth sports has dangers, however, when a child is guided correctly there is no reason for concern. When children are young they should only be worried about having fun and should be involved with a variety of athletic events. Triathlon is a great way for children to stay active and learn about themselves and their bodies.

Summer Hydration= Increased Activity and Increased Heat

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

I thought it may be useful to pass along hydration guidelines as we approach the summer months when many of us are more active and those we coach, train or advise are looking for the best information on fluid intake and the body’s needs.

The following is an excerpt from the soon to be released book: Family Fit (ISPA/NP2 Publishing, 2009) by Dr. John Mayer. With permission from the author and publisher.

Visit Dr. Mayor’s web site for purchase information.

Water, Water Everywhere

One food mentioned on the preceding chart deserves special attention in our families—water. Water is often neglected in households. It has been consistently shown to be as good a thirst quencher as any sports drink or other beverage. We just do not drink enough water in our diet even though it is vital to our physical well-being. Make sure your family drinks plenty. The average healthy adult should drink the equivalent of about 5-6 glasses of water per day. It is a widely held myth that we should be consuming water according to the 8×8 rule. That is, eight 8 oz glasses of water per day. We don’t require that much water for a variety of reasons. Dr. Heinz Valtin, Professor Emeritus at Dartmouth Medical School and author of many of the most esteemed textbooks on kidney function and water balance has studied the body’s need for water all of his career. His research gives me great confidence to talk about the proper needs for water in the body. (more…)

Medications and Obesity

Monday, May 18th, 2009

American Academy of Pediatrics Decision to Medicate Obese Children Sends a Dangerous Message


Chicago, IL—April 20, 2009—  John E. Mayer, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist and leading researcher, lecturer and writer on family issues and family health, challenges the decision that pediatricians medicate children as young as 8 years old with cholesterol medication to prevent later heart disease.

Dr. Mayer, who is also the President of the International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA)feels that this decision will set back efforts to change the lifestyle of families and young people.

“It sends the wrong message on establishing a healthy lifestyle. The vast majority of obesity problems in young people can be corrected with changes in diet and exercise. Pediatricians should write prescriptions for better diets and circumscribed amounts of exercise every week, rather than picking up the prescription pad so quickly for a drug. Further, these drugs have only been around since the mid-1980’s, we are not sure what long-term effect they will have on kids taking them at such an early age. When we have good alternatives (Lifestyle changes) why turn to drugs with such a knee-jerk reaction, we need to look at the long-term ramifications. Remember how benign we thought cocaine was when it hit the scene? Speaking of drug abuse, advocating a medication mind-set just keeps kids growing up in a society where pills are the wonderful cure-all for all our problems.”

Dr. Mayer’s soon to be released book, Family Fit, provides parents with formulas they can follow in leading a healthy lifestyle. This book will be published by ISPA/NP2-Publications, a division of ISPA.