2009

Academy Offering Full Tuition Scholarships to Olympians and Paralympians

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The United States Sports Academy is showing its appreciation for the sacrifices made by Olympians and Paralympians by offering a full tuition Olympic Scholarship Program for the Academy’s Bachelor of Sports Science (B.S.S.) degree.

The Academy Olympic Scholarship is available to all United States Olympic and Paralympic participants. The classes are offered entirely online through distance learning.

The Bachelor of Sports Science (B.S.S.) is offered in three disciplines: Sports Management, Sports Coaching and Sports Studies.

The curriculum in Sports Management is designed to give students a broad-based knowledge of the management fundamentals associated with the sports industry. The Sports Coaching curriculum enables students to gain expertise needed for leading individual and team sports at all levels. The Sports Studies discipline enables students to develop a dynamic, sport-specific curriculum specific to their interest in sport.

Acceptance is ongoing. Students may apply for the program and start any time once accepted. Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average to retain the scholarship. The deadline for applying for this scholarship is 31 December 2009.

For full program and course descriptions, visit http://ussa.edu. For additional questions, contact Admissions at (800) 223-2668, Option #1 or email admissions@ussa.edu.

Tennis Stars Roger Federer, Serena Williams Earn Academy’s July Athlete of the Month Honors

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Wimbledon champions Roger Federer of Switzerland and Serena Williams of the United States were named Male and Female Athlete of the Month for July by the United States Sports Academy.

Federer played for history at Wimbledon, winning an unprecedented 15th Grand Slam singles title and sixth Wimbledon crown in seven years with a victory over Andy Roddick of the United States. Federer broke Roddick’s serve only one time, on the 77th and final game of the match, for a 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5), 3-6, 16-14 victory.

Williams won her 11th Grand Slam championship and first Wimbledon title in six years with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory over sister Venus Williams. It was Serena’s third Wimbledon title and prevented her sister from becoming the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1991-93 to win Wimbledon three years in a row.

Finishing second to Federer on the ballot was American swimmer Michael Phelps. Phelps set two world records during the FINA World Championships’ first two days of competition, surpassing another Mark Spitz milestone with 34 career world records. His 50.22 seconds in the 100 butterfly beat Ian Crocker’s four-year-old record by .18 seconds. His 1:51.51 in the 200-meter butterfly was more than a half-second better than his previous best of 1:52.03.

The runner-up on the women’s ballot was American swimmer Ariana Kukors. Despite being an alternate to replace a scratch on the American team, Kukors set the world record in the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:07.03 in the semifinals of the World Swimming Championships, beating the old record set by gold-medal winning Stephanie Rice in the 2008 Olympics.

Third-place finishers were Chicago White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle on the men’s ballot and Swedish swimmer Sara Sjostrom on the women’s ballot. Buehrle, a left-hander, threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on 23 July. Five days later he set a major-league record for most consecutive batters retired, 45. Sjostrom, 15, crushed the women’s 100 meters butterfly world record in the semifinals at the World Championships, swimming 56.44 to beat Inge De Bruijn’s 2000 Sydney Olympics mark of 56.61.

Malaysia, Academy Continue Long Relationship Developing Sport Programs

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The United States Sports Academy is working with the National Sports Institute (ISN) in Malaysia to develop sport as a significant contributor to the country’s economy, continuing a relationship that dates back to the 1950’s when Academy founder Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich coached the country’s national track and field team.

During a five-day visit to Kuala Lumpur, United States Sports Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich, a member of the ISN’s Board of Advisors, met with H.E. Dato Cheek and Dato Dr. Ramlan bin Abdulaziz, Director General of the ISN concerning the further development of sport education programs in Malaysia. The Academy is currently delivering its International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) and Sports Coaching (ICSC) programs in Kuala Lumpur through the ISN.

Following addresses by Malaysian Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak and Minister of Youth and Sports Dato Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Dr. Rosandich served as a keynote speaker at the 2009 Sports Industry Convention on Friday, 7 August 2009 in Kuala Lumpur.

Speaking to a crowd of more than 500 delegates that included officials from all of Malaysia’s sports organizations, Dr. T.J. Rosandich, delivered an address titled, “Education in Sports: Optimizing Malaysia’s Potential.” The two day convention was organized by the ISN to recognize the growing contribution of sports as an industry to the economy of Malaysia.

Academy To Provide Support To National Cheer Safety Foundation

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Reports that 65.2 percent of all catastrophic injuries to female athletes occur in high school cheerleading have led to efforts from the United States Sports Academy and the National Cheer Safety Foundation (NCSF) to educate cheer coaches.

“Cheer safety education based on sports sciences is crucial in reducing catastrophic and over-use injuries in cheerleading,” said NCSF President and CEO Kimberly Archie. “Those involved need to insist that coaches are educated and trained to properly care for young athletes.”

The NCSF will use the Academy’s sports coaching program as a way to educate cheer coaches. The NCSF campaign has also gained support from the National Council for Spirit Safety and Education (NCSSE).

“Sport education based on the sports sciences is the key to managing catastrophic sports injuries,” said Dr. Enrico Esposito, the Academy’s Chair of Sports Medicine. “Qualified, certified personnel are the first requirement for ensuring the health and safety of young athletes involved in physical activity and sports.”

A study released by the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research at the University of North Carolina, which recommended strict safety measures to be adopted, showed that the catastrophic injury rate of high school cheerleaders over the past 26 years has been nearly twice that of all other female high school sports combined.

The lead author of that report was Dr. Frederick O. Mueller. Dr. Mueller and Dr. Herb Appenzeller are leading educators on sports law and injury, who, along with Elizabeth Appenzeller, recently co-authored a book on legal aspects of cheerleading that will be used as a resource in the Academy’s program.

In 2008, the National Electric Injury Surveillance System survey by the Consumer Products Safety Commission reported that emergency room visits among cheerleaders of all ages increased from 26,786 to 29,148 (8.8 percent). Those numbers include a 110 percent one-year increase in visits from cheerleaders age 13 and under.

According to Dr. Cynthia Bir, Director of Research and Orthopedic Surgery for the Wayne State University Department of Biomedical Engineering, young cheerleaders receive injuries from falls that can “have a greater impact than a hit in the NFL.”

The NCSF is dedicated to introducing science in cheer safety to reduce injury, disability and death from cheer injuries through research and education of parents, cheerleaders, coaches and administrators.

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