Posts Tagged ‘Sports and Media’

ISPA and ATI Physical Therapy

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

We had a great meeting at ATI Physical Therapy at their Carol Stream, IL complex! Talk about beautiful – this complex had absolutely EVERYTHING. Weight training, cardiovascular training, gymnastics training, aquatic training, you name it! ISPA management was meeting with Dr. Chris Stout, and his team, once again to discuss some upcoming projects that will hopefully be made public in the next month or two. We are also working on putting our minds together to put together some online video training. Exciting stuff to say the least! More to come ~

– Andrew Teunis, Director of Business Development ISPA

Super Bowl Deaths

Friday, February 5th, 2010

Special advisory for ISPA professionals to use for their clients and to disseminate in their communities:

You have undoubtedly noticed that I love  the New York Times. I found another valuable piece of information in that paper in one of my favorite sections, Science Times. In the Feb. 4, 2010 edition of the NYT, reporter Anahad O’Connor wrote about studies that showed the increase in deaths and cardiac emergencies during Super Bowl Sunday. It appears as though the extra stress of this highly emotionally charged event places additional stress on those already at risk for cardiac incidents. Couple this extra stress with the traditional over-indulgence in eating and drinking and you have a recipe for disaster.

I would suggest that the responsible professional urges caution to all their clients and to their communities during this high risk day/weekend. Please pass along the message to those you encounter in your professional practice to exercise caution in their enjoyment of this sporting event. I am treating this weekend as I would the upcoming prom weekends each spring. I am passing along the message to everyone to celebrate and enjoy this event responsibly. Please help spread the word and save lives.

Our mission at ISPA is to help support sports as socially responsible activities.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President

The International Sports Professionals Association-ISPA


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

ISPA No Application Fee February !

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Special Announcement!

For the month of February The International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA) will be waiving its application fee ($25.00) for new credentialed professionals. Now is the time to apply and become part of this elite organization. Click the following link to download the ISPA application (Leave the payment field blank): Application

Professions Credentialed

Psychologist, Counselor, Coach, Trainer, Nutritionist, Chiropractor, Physicians Agent, Wellness Coach, Financial Planner, Management Consultant, Physical Therapist, Communications, Message Therapist, Psychiatrist.

Why ISPA?

-Accreditation
-Training via an internal online CEU program
-Partnerships with other national and international organizations
-Diploma
-Business development opportunities for members
-ISPA is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence
-ISPA adds another layer of credibility to a professionals resume
*The more credentials one attains in his/ her field the more money they can command
*The more credentials a professional has, the more career advancement is attainable
*The more credentials a professional obtains, the more clients will seek out their services above others
-ISPA is with you every step of the way, giving you the confidence to excel!
-Career Building-We help build YOUR career
-Comprehensive Website
-ISPA brings publicity to your career
-Publishing Opportunities (Especially important for academics)
-Recognizable Credential
-Monthly Newsletter and exclusive member only content

Why ISPA?

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Why ISPA?

Nowhere will you find a sports credentialing organization more committed to its members. The International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA) is always looking to support and promote its members. Below is just a snapshot of the benefits of being a credentialed member of ISPA.

  • Career Building-We help build YOUR career
  • Comprehensive Website
  • ISPA brings publicity to your career
  • Publishing Opportunities (Especially important for academics)
  • Recognizable Credential
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Actively involves members
  • Innovative
  • Passionate
  • Interactive Blog
  • Online CEU’s

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

Judging Athletes?

Monday, December 28th, 2009

It was brought to my attention that when judging an athlete we should only focus on their athletic performance and leave out their personal life (which goes a long way in judging character). Which leads me to think, is it possible to judge an athlete solely on their athletic prowess? Is it fair to judge an athlete not only on their athletic performances but also on their character?

Certainly we know a lot more about the personal life of Barry Bonds then Babe Ruth; we can thank modern media for this fact! Every day we are bombarded with the latest sports scandals. These scandals are seared into our memories like the alphabet. Associating a scandal with an athlete has become second nature. When it comes time to judge an athlete for greatness in their respective sport is it possible to remove ourselves from including their character into the equation? Do we want our greatest athletes to not only be great at their sport but also decent human beings? I know I would like to be able to tell my children that the athletes I followed were not only great at their sport but also great individuals. Maybe I am asking too much. However, it is nice to have a dream particularly as the New Year is so close.

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