Posts Tagged ‘ISPA’

ISPA Now more than Ever

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

In these turbulent economic times it is important to make sure you are doing everything you can to standout from the other professionals working in your field. Many organizations are facing tough decisions and are being forced to layoff their employees. Individuals with the least credentials will come under the most scrutiny when it comes time for a company to decide whom to layoff. By being credentialed by The International Sports Professionals Association you are reinforcing how serious you are about your career. An ISPA credential helps protect your passion!

Individuals seeking help from sports professionals are going to have less money available for services and as such will be skeptical when seeking out professional help. Having an ISPA credential will help bolster the public’s confidence in your services and assure them that they made the right decision in spending their hard earned money. An ISPA credential turns skepticism into confidence.

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

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

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:

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: 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 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.

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