Posts Tagged ‘ISPA’

ISPA Helps a Start-up

Monday, April 19th, 2010

This is a nice story how we can help our professionals:

In a conversation with an ISPA professional, Rob Fisher, an ex-minor league (USA) baseball player, now coach and soon to be special education teacher and author, he mentioned how a fellow coach and he were going to be starting up a coaching business of their own. He asked my advice on getting started and we had a lengthy conversation. Near the end of our conversation he casually mentioned that, “Geez, I have to get a brochure together and I don’t want to pay a designer, graphic artist and printer. We have so many start-up costs already.” You could hear the stress in his voice.

I interrupted him and let him know that ISPA has a format for a brochure that was professionally done and because he is an ISPA credentialed professional we would be glad to share resources with his new business. His response: “Oh my God, thank you a thousand times, that takes so much pressure off me!”

This is what we do for our professionals, we help build careers. We have so many benefits to being credentialed with ISPA, some of which are are spontaneous and happen organically just like with Rob.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President

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 info@theispa.org.

ISPA Participating an Exciting Conference!

Thursday, April 8th, 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.

ISPA-Professional Spotlight for April

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

The International Sports Professionals Association is pleased to announce its Credentialed Professional for April is Edgar Tham.

Edgar is Singapore’s pioneer Sport & Performance Psychologist, he has worked with more than 40 different performance domains (e.g., sports, music, performing arts, military, business, trading, etc) from the schools to world championship levels since 1993. He was employed by the Singapore Government as its very first local sport psychologist in 1995.

Edgar was the team consultant and traveling psychologist to numerous national teams preparing for the SEA Games, Asian Games, Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and World Championships since 1993.  As a Registered Psychologist with the Singapore Psychological Society, Edgar is listed in the International Who’s Who of Professionals (2000) for his specialized work in peak performance psychology. He is the author of “In The Zone: The Mindset for Peak Performance in Sports,” “Psychological Rehabilitation: Mental Skills for Healing & Recovery” and co-author of “The Ideal Performance State” with Dr Daniel Weigand, President of Achieve Acumen, Inc, USA.  In 2007, Edgar developed a new high-performance SPORTS Coaching Model for executive coaching in MNC’s and business corporations.

He is long-time lecturer for the Singapore Sports Council’s National Coaching Accreditation Program in Mental Skills Training since 1996, and is a part-time faculty member of several overseas undergraduate psychology and sport science degree courses offered in Singapore.

Congratulations Edgar!

ISPA-Management Team

He is long-time lecturer for the Singapore Sports Council�s National Coaching Accreditation Program in Mental Skills Training since 1996, and is a part-time faculty member of several overseas undergraduate psychology and sport science degree courses offered in Singapore.

ISPA Participating an Exciting Conference!

Monday, March 29th, 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.

ISPA-Always Moving Forward

Friday, March 26th, 2010

It is a very exciting time to be the Executive Director of ISPA! There are so many incredible projects in the works, if I did not have a PDA I would lose track of all the projects we have in development. In addition to the Credentialed Professionals only website, we are EXPANDING our Accreditation scope to include top notch Organizations and Charities. Andrew Teunis (Director of Business Development) and Erik Nagy (International Business Consultant) have been making powerful contacts with some of the Worlds most prominent organizations. These contacts will bring even more visibility to the ISPA credential.

I am so proud to be part of an organization that is constantly moving forward, however, always remaining firmly rooted in the ethical principles that the organization was founded on. Keep checking the ISPA website for more information on all these exciting enhancements.

Yours in Sport,

Justin Mayer-Executive Director, ISPA

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

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

ISPA- Credentialed Professionals Only Website

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Many ISPA Credentialed Professionals have emailed me asking what they can expect from the new Credentialed Professionals only website. My initial response is what would you like to see on this new website? The ISPA exists to support its Credentialed Professionals. This new exclusive website will be an amazing vehicle we will use to support our Credentialed Professionals. Comment on this thread, e-mail (Justin@thesportsprofessionals.com) or call 312-920-9522 and let us know what you would like to see on your new website. Keep checking this blog for more details on this great new enhancement!

Yours in Sport,
Justin Mayer- Executive Director, ISPA

ISPA- Exclusive Website!

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Exclusive ISPA Credentialed Professionals only content coming soon! In April we will be launching a section of our website that will be exclusive to ISPA Credentialed professionals. There will be incredible resources for Credentialed Professional in this new website. Stay tuned for more information about this exciting new enhancement!

Yours in Sport,

ISPA-Management