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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.

Zambrano Prognosis up to Cubs

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

As president of the International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA) I feel compelled to weigh in on the Carlos Zambrano incident. Carlos Zambrano’s behavior has made international headlines. His recent outburst of rage in the dugout during a professional baseball game is one of many incidents of acting out that is known by the media. Reportedly he is receiving treatment for his anger issues. Now treatment professionals are chiming in about his treatment. The details of this treatment are confidential, thus professionals cannot accurately comment on the outcome of his treatment. Like many, I have read some comments by ‘experts.’ I would just caution all that we treatment professionals can do wonders with athletes in helping them mature and cope, BUT, unless there is some change in how the system surrounding Carlos Zambrano responds to his behavior, the prognosis for lasting change in Mr. Zambrano is limited. In my very limited view of how the Chicago Cubs has dealt with Carlos and other players through the years I have questions whether they will make these systematic changes. Can the Chicago Cubs reward team play? Discipline acting-out behavior? Control poor sportsmanship? These and others are questions that require analysis of the system along with the analysis Carlos Zambrano is going through. The triggers to his behavior need to be removed if he is to return to normal functioning. This is a known fact in rehabilitation of these individuals, athletes or not. I have been acclaimed for over 25 years for helping young people with anger management problems, violence and acting-out.I urge all involved in sports to use this situation as a learning tool to help other athletes, teams and organizations. I have so much more I can say about this feel free to contact me.

Dr. John E. Mayer, President-ISPA

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ISPA to Attend exciting Workers Comp Expo!

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Date: November 10, 2010

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada

Now in its 19th year, the National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference® & Expo remains the nation’s leading event for anyone involved in the workers’ comp and disability management industries.

The full conference officially kicks off Wednesday, November 10, with an opening keynote followed by 2-1/2 days packed more than 30, topic-oriented breakout sessions.
The Expo portion of the conference brings more than 250 exhibitors together under one roof for 2 full days to display and answer questions about their products and services relevant to the workers’ comp and disability management industries. The Expo provides an additional venue for you to gather knowledge to take home plus numerous opportunities to network with your peers. For more information please visit: http://www.wcconference.com/

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: www.fromglorydays.com

CWcHP Certification Drawing Attention

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

The release of the CWcHP certification is drawing great deal of attention. The press release ISPA sent out received 49,000 hits in the first 24 hours!

I want to say two things about this. First, you and your company should consider getting in on this new certification for Worker’s Compensation patients and Industrial Athlete patients. BECOME A LEADER IN YOUR FIELD. Second, to professionals in all fields we certify, look at the attention ISPA draws to you and your business. Check out the revolutionary CWcHP credential on our web site: www.theISPA.org.

Dr. Mayer, President

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.

Lance Armstrong- ISPA Athlete of the Decade Award

Monday, April 26th, 2010

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