2012 July

Congratulations to Our Newest Graduates!

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With rolling enrollment, the United States Sports Academy’s students start their courses as soon as they are accepted without having to wait for the next semester to begin. The Academy is proud to announce its latest monthly graduates.

Master’s Students

Jake D. Atwood (Huntington, Utah) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching

Neil Vaclav Caniga (Bristol, R.I.) – M.S.S. Sports Coaching

Amanda O. Sherer (Grantville, Ga.) – M.S.S. Sports Management

Alabama and LSU National Championship Game Depicted in Daniel Moore’s Latest Painting

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Prominent Alabama artist Daniel Moore has recently released an oil painting of the United States Sports Academy’s 2011 College Football Game of the Year highlighting Alabama’s defense in its, 21-0, victory against Louisiana State in the BCS National Championship game.

"The Shutout" by Daniel A. Moore, the Academy's 2005 Sport Artist of the Year.

The painting, “The Shutout,” is Moore’s seventh one to serve as the Academy’s official College Football Game of the Year Award® artwork. His latest piece focuses on Alabama’s dominating defense that blanked previously No. 1-ranked LSU. This work is now available for limited editions of giclée prints and canvases.

Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, explained that the work of art is “a time-lapse portrait of the swarming Alabama defenders as they are depicted at different points in the game, yet appearing together in one visual setting.”

The prestigious annual College Football Game of the Year Award was developed in 2005 to pay tribute to a team whose efforts in a game exemplify the spirit and principles of athletic endeavor, dedication and teamwork. Each week the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Committee selects a Game of the Week winner. Each week’s winner is then considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season. The 2010 winner was Auburn for its 22-19 victory against Oregon in the BCS game.

Moore is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy will donate Moore’s painting to Alabama for being named this year’s top college football game, along with $5,000 to Alabama’s general scholarship fund.

Although “The Shutout” is designed as a stand-alone painting, Moore says it will serve as the bottom section for another painting he now plans to do that pays tribute to Alabama’s success in all phases of the national title game, including the offense, defense and special teams. Moore is proceeding to paint an upper portion of his specially designed artwork. The overall finished work is called “Restoring the Order” and the entire design will be offered as Limited Edition Fine Art Lithographs by New Life Art, Inc.

“As an Alabama graduate, artist and documenter of sports history, I am certainly thrilled about commemorating this historic event,” Moore said from his studio in Hoover, Ala. “I am especially honored to work with the Academy in creating this official artwork every year.”

For more information, please visit Moore’s website at http://www.newlifeart.com.

Advance Your Career in Sports by Joining the Academy’s Winning Team

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The United States Sports Academy, the largest graduate school of sport education in the world, has full-time faculty jobs currently open overseas in Malaysia as a zone coordinator and in Sport Studies as chair.

INTERNATIONAL TEACHING ASSIGNMENTS

The Academy's instructors who are currently teaching physical education in Malaysia are (front row, left to right) Dr. Dale Reeves, Betsy Smith, Barbara Wise, Christa Camarillo, Amber Magner, Carol Peterka, Dr. Tim DeVinney (back row) J.D. Hoover Jr., Brandon Spradley, Dr. Lawrence Bestmann, Dr. T.J. Rosandich, Bill Price, Shawn Garrett, Dr. Will Evans and Dr. Lawrence Miller.

The United States Sports Academy is seeking physical educators and sports instructors who are interested in teaching abroad in a new pilot program to retrain 1,000 of Malaysia’s physical education teachers. The Malaysia Ministry of Education (MOE) just approved two week and six month assignments. The courses will be taught in six different locations throughout the country, which is considered one of the most beautiful in Southeast Asia. Instructors selected to teach in the program can expect reasonable compensation in addition to round-trip airfare, housing, food and transportation while on assignment. Breaks in the teaching calendar will also afford the instructors the opportunity to experience the local culture and attractions. In addition to these intermediate term positions, the Academy is seeking instructors for future two-week assignments in Malaysia in both physical education and sports. Anyone who is interested in these opportunities should have a graduate degree in a relevant field.

CHAIR OF SPORTS STUDIES

The Chair of Sports Studies will teach residential and distance learning courses in Sports Studies; assist in the development of curricular offerings and write courses for the department; conduct research for presentations in the area of Sports Studies within the available time and resources; serve on institutional thesis and doctoral committees as assigned and when appropriate, chair these committees. He or she will assist in advising students; conduct institutional research as assigned by the Dean of Academic Affairs; assist in the administration of the Mentorship program and the Sports Studies program. He or she will assist in the recruitment of students for Sport Studies, take a leadership role in the evaluation of this field and assist in the preparation of accreditation and certification reports concerning Sports Studies. The successful candidate must have an earned doctorate in a sports related discipline and developed computer skills.

Applicants should forward a letter of interest, résumé, and three professional references to:

jobs@ussa.edu

United States Sports Academy

Attention: Dean of Administration and Finance

One Academy Drive

Daphne, AL 36526

Fax: 251.621.2527 EOE

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London Art Show Opens Featuring International Olympic Committee Sport and Art Contest Winners

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Winners of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Sport and Art Contest, which includes American sculptor Martin Linson who took first place in the sculpture category, are having their artwork displayed during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Guildhall Art Gallery.

The art show opens Sunday, July 22 at the gallery and features the top eight pieces in both sculpture and graphic works. Following the Olympic Games the 16 pieces of artwork will go on permanent display at the IOC’s museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Guildhall Art Gallery in London will feature winners of the International Olympic Committees art contest during the 2012 London Games.

The 16 winning works are being presented in the excavated ruins of London’s Roman Amphitheatre in an underground display area designed by architect Nigel Coates. In addition, a special viewing of the city’s 1297 Magna Carta is part of the exhibit.

An Awards Ceremony for the artists who placed first, second and third is scheduled to take place during the IOC World Conference on Sport Education and Culture from Nov. 25-27 in Amsterdam. There they will be awarded their gold, silver and bronze medals and prize money.

The art show during the Olympic Games includes Linson’s bronze, “Omnipotent Triumph,” which honors Paralympic athletes. The graphic arts winner is Italian artist Volha Piashko’s painting, “In Search of Harmony.”

Linson became the second American artist in the past three Olympiads to win the IOC art competition. His sculpture, “Omnipotent Triumph,” was selected in the sculpture category from entries from 62 nations by an international jury with judges from five continents. Linson’s piece features a Paralympic athlete crossing the finish line in his wheelchair with his arms uplifted in a triumphant “V” for victory pose.

“It is truly an honor to have been selected for this award,” said Linson, a 36-year-old sculptor from St. Charles, Mo. “I am humbled by the attention that is being directed towards me when the goal of the sculpture is to bring attention to the athletes that it is trying to honor.”

The second and third place winners in the sculpture category are Levan Vardosanidze, who is from Georgia in Eurasia, for “Olympic Hymn,” and Spain’s Fernando Serrano Munoz for “The Cycling Woman,” respectively. In graphic works, the second and third place winners are Luisa Balaban, from Romania, for “Excellence Rising,” and Isabel de Cunha Lima, from Portugal, for “Hope.”

"Omnipotent Triumph," by American sculptor Martin Linson.

Linson qualified for the IOC art competition when he won the U.S. Olympic Sport and Art Contest in February. The U.S. contest was conducted by the United States Sport Academy in cooperation with the Art of the Olympians and under the auspices of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC).

It was the fourth consecutive U.S. Olympic Sport and Art contest that the Academy has overseen. The sports university has a strong tradition of supporting the arts, establishing the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) in 1984, which arguably contains one of the largest collections of sport art in the world.

Coincidentally, Linson’s winning sculpture is being shown in London where the Paralympic Games first began when the city hosted the Olympic Games in 1948. Following World War II, English Dr. Ludwig Guttmann organized the 1948 International Wheelchair Games to coincide with the 1948 Olympic Games in London.

Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, a member of the IOC’s Culture and Olympic Education Commission, served on the IOC’s judging committee for the art entered into its fourth competition. Rosandich praised Linson’s work, noting that American Sergey Eylanbekov’s sculpture, “Five Continents,” won the IOC sport art contest for the 2004 Athens Olympics.

“We are very pleased with the outcome and the sculpture Linson did honoring Paralympians,” Dr. Rosandich said. “This is a tremendous way for the United States to start the Olympics with another American artist winning our country’s first gold.”

Academy and Malaysia Have Strong Ties and Long History in Sport Education

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For the past 40 years, the United States Sports Academy has delivered sport and physical education programs in more than 65 countries to more than a quarter million people. These programs are designed to help individuals develop a strong foundation of skills and knowledge required to succeed in coaching, physical education, management, fitness and other related sport disciplines.

H.E. Dato Sri Jaji Mohammad Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak and Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich meet in the Malaysia Prime Minister's office in Putrajaya in 2008 to discuss the development of sport in the country.

But even before the Academy was founded in 1972 by Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, who continues to serve as its President and CEO, Dr. Rosandich coached his first of many national track and field teams in Malaysia nearly 54 years ago. As Malaysia was becoming an independent nation, he led a combined team of Malaysia, Singapore and North Borneo to the Asian Games in 1958.

Today, team of the university’s sports education instructors have begun retraining 1,000 of Malaysia’s physical education teachers as part of its latest program—International Diploma in Physical Education and Scholastic Sports (IDPESS). The Academy recently sent a group of 13 educators on a three-week assignment starting July 25 to help deliver the program. Already, seven full-time sports university faculty members have been teaching courses in Malaysia since June.

The Malaysia Ministry of Education (MOE) approved a pilot program with the university that runs from June through December. For the pilot program, the Academy’s faculty developed a 10-course diploma program to teach in Malaysia, which was approved by the Malaysian Qualifications Authority (MQA), a national accrediting body. The program is being taught in six different locations throughout the country, which is considered one of the most beautiful in Southeast Asia.

The IDPESS is designed to impart the latest in teaching techniques and skills to Malaysia’s physical education teachers. This effort is but one part of a program to enhance the country’s physical education programs, as the nation’s leaders look to the future and the goal of healthier and physically fit citizens. The other part is a curricular review currently underway and together the goal is a comprehensive physical education program with the teachers prepared to deliver it.

Leading the program in Malaysia is Dr. Dale Reeves, who has taught and coached basketball, football and softball at the high school level for about 35 years and who received his doctorate in Sports Management in 2002 from the Academy. In all, about 30 Academy physical education instructors will be involved in the newest Malaysia program, which includes surges of additional faculty in July and November.

Shah Anuar Bin Harun, Principal Assistant Director of the Teacher Education Division, meets with physical education teachers in Kuching, Sarawak, while discussing the importance of the IDPESS program.

In 1981, the Academy’s first program in Malaysia began when the sports university provided a team of coaches to staff the Likas Sports Complex in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. More programs were developed in Kuching, Sarawak, in 1982. The Academy’s team oversaw administration and training for sports teams, including swimming, athletics and boxing. Program support was also offered in sports medicine and human performance evaluation.

This relationship for sport development between Malaysia and the Academy continued when current Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohammad Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak was appointed as the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports in 1984. In his role as the Minister for Youth and Sports, Dato’ Sri Najib focused on improving the national sports effort and introduced the National Sports Policy in 1988. A year later, Malaysia produced its best-ever performance at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, a regional multi-sport competition in which Dr. Rosandich played a role in developing.

The Academy contributed to this effort through the delivery in Malaysia of its sport education programs. Over the decades since the early 1980s, the Academy has taught its International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) and Sports Coaching (ICSC) programs in the various municipalities and States and in Kuala Lumpur through the National Sports Council (NSC) and after that, through the National Institute of Sports (ISN). It has also provided coaches, sport scientists and other specialists, as requested to assist in special sport projects and programs.

Over the years, from his days as the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports and through his days as the Minister of Education, Dato’ Sri Najib has recognized the role of physical education in the building of a nation. This endeavor is important for the benefits that it brings the nation’s youth, but also for the way that scholastic sports can build a national feeder system for sports yielding the most talent to compete on the world stage.

The Academy is proud of its long association with Malaysia and its contributions to Malaysian sports. It is also proud of its association with the current Prime Minister. In 1991, the Academy recognized Prime Minister Najib for his contributions to sport with an Honorary Doctorate Degree. This added to his already distinguished academic background, which includes a degree in Industrial Economics from Nottingham University in Great Britain.

Working with Dato’ Sri Najib during his tenure as Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, the Minister of Education and now as the Prime Minister, Dr. Rosandich says the Academy is looking forward to continued service to the country and its people.

If you are interested in teaching opportunities overseas in Malaysia or elsewhere with the Academy, please forward a letter of interest, résumé, and three professional references to jobs@ussa.edu; or to United States Sports Academy, Attention: Dean of Administration and Finance, One Academy Drive, Daphne, AL 36526; or fax it to  251-621-2527.

World Leisure Organization Leaders Visit Academy to Prepare for 2014 Congress in South Alabama

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A delegation of nine World Leisure Organization (WLO) leaders visited the United States Sports Academy as part of its preparations for the 2014 international gathering in Mobile, Ala.—the first ever U.S. city to host the conference.

The Academy was instrumental in bringing the pending WLO conference to Mobile, which will be the largest conference ever staged in the city with as many as 4,000 participants from nearly 100 countries expected to attend.

A World Leisure Organization delegation visited the Academy campus July 13. Pictured from left to right in the front row are: Chris Edginton, WLO Secretary General, Abubakarr Jalloh, Erwei Dong, a University of South Alabama assistant professor and Iradge Ahrabi-Fard. In the back row are: Bin Ruan, Ming-kai Chin, Derek Casey, WLO Board chairman. Maliga Naidoo and Tim Richardson of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Academy Vice President Dr. T.J. Rosandich, who sits on the 2014 Mobile Bay World Leisure Congress committee, says the visit and luncheon held July 13 at the Academy was a productive one. In addition, Academy and WLO leaders discussed ways and means by which both organizations could work together academically.

“They are in the preparation phase and touring all the sites affiliated with their program,” he said. “We are happy to play a role in their coming here and look forward to helping them stage one of the most successful conferences yet.”

In addition during the WLO’s visit, Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron, who is from Mobile, was named as the honorary chairman for the conference in September 2014.

The Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center and the University of South Alabama campus are scheduled to host the group’s sessions, exhibits and training sessions. Attendees will also be treated to numerous excursions and activities throughout the surrounding area. The weeklong convention is expected by the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau to conservatively produce an economic impact of about $20 million.

The WLO has said that Mobile was selected for the convention in part because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010, which crippled tourism along the Gulf Coast. The group seeks host cities with strong potential for leisure development that would also benefit economically from the event itself.

“Whether it is community gardens or improved access to sports and other leisure activities, we want to plant the seeds to help the Mobile area grow into an even healthier international success story,” said Mike Dow, chairman of the 2014 Mobile Bay World Leisure Congress.

Formed in 1952 and based in Iowa, the World Leisure Organization is a world-wide, non-governmental association of persons and organizations dedicated to discovering and fostering those conditions best permitting leisure to serve as a force for human growth, development and well-being. The organization believes that meaningful leisure experiences are “no less than the need for shelter, education, employment and fundamental healthcare.”

Southeastern Art Educators Tour Academy’s Sport Art Museum

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More than 40 art teachers from schools across the southeast toured the American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) and gave it rave reviews.

The group affiliated with the National Art Education Association (NAEA) made the United States Sports Academy’s museum part of its cultural day during its four-day Southeastern Leadership Conference. Instructors came from Texas to Washington, D.C., and included NAEA president-elect Dennis Inhulsen.

More than 40 art teachers from across the Southeast recently visited the Academy's sport art museum.

Larry Gibson, Alabama Art Education Association president, says the stop at the sport art museum was a big hit for many of the art teachers. The teachers split into two groups receiving tours of the Sculpture Park by Fairhope, Ala., artist Bruce Larsen and of the museum by curator Robert Zimlich.

“I’ve always enjoyed that museum and it was a highlight of the trip,” Gibson says. “We are all big fans of Bruce Larsen now.”

Larsen, the Academy’s 2009 Sport Artist of the Year, has six sculptures made of recycled material in the university’s Sculpture Park.

In addition, the group visited artist Dean Mosher’s unique castle home in Fairhope, and did a tar paper art project at the Eastern Shore Art Center led by Nancy Raia, the center’s community outreach director and chairwoman of the Academy’s art committee.  The tar paper art project is designed to educate people about the effects of the BP oil spill on area coastlines along the Gulf of Mexico since 2010.

Raia, who helped organize the group’s tours, says the teachers peppered Larsen with questions about his art training and how he collects all of his metal scraps.

“They loved the Academy’s collection and really enjoyed meeting Bruce (Larsen) and hearing his stories,” she says. “Many of them really liked his sculpture of ‘Nastia the Gymnast.’”

Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, who founded the sport art museum in 1984, was pleased to receive all the positive feedback from the group.

“They indicated they were very impressed with the art collection,” he says. “Then again, the collection gets stronger with each passing day.”

The museum, which is arguably the largest sport art collection in the world with nearly 1,700 pieces, is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

City of Daphne Gives Beautification Award to Academy Campus

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The City of Daphne recognized the United States Sports Academy’s campus with its quarterly Beautification Award “for excellence in beautifying the city.”

The university campus, which faces U.S. Highway 98, was chosen by the city’s Beautification Committee because of its new “Mr. Baseball” sculpture by Fairhope, Ala., artist Bruce Larsen that was unveiled in April for the Academy’s 40th anniversary and the planting of a new lush green lawn in the front of the main building among other reasons.

“This is such a beautiful campus,” said Daphne City Councilman Ron Scott, who awarded a framed certificate to Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich in honor of the monthly award.

Rebecca Trosclair, Beautification Committee co-chairwoman, added: “We appreciate the many things you do to maintain such a beautiful campus. It’s gorgeous on the outside and just as pretty on the inside of the school.”

Larsen, the Academy’s 2009 Sport Artist of the Year, used old heating pipes from the Academy in constructing “Mr. Baseball,” which is in a classic pose of a home run slugger. Already in the Sport Sculpture Park on the campus are other pieces Larsen fashioned from scrap metal, hubcaps, tractor gears, hydraulic cylinders and an assortment of other junk, including “Borzov the Sprinter,” “Arnold the Weightlifter,” “Jordan the Basketball Player,” “Nastia the Gymnast,” and the “Iron Bowl Monument.”

The City of Daphne Beautification Committee recognized the Academy's campus with an award July 18. Pictured from left to right are: Marilyn O'Connor, Rebecca Trosclair, Beautification Committee co-chairwoman, City Councilman on Scott, Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich, Bea Wilson, Beautification Committee co-chairwoman, and Elaine Maxime.

 

People, Places and Programs

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Academy President and CEO Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich was invited to London by International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) President Jacques Rogge to attend the art show opening on July 22 of the IOC’s 2012 Sport and Art Contest at Guildhall Art Gallery. He was also invited by Great Britain Prime Minister  David Cameron to participate in the Global Business Summit on Assisted Medical Technologies on Sept. 3 at the British Business Embassy in London on the occasion of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London this year.

MusclePharm’s Paul Falcone and Laura Carson (left) with the Academy’s Chih-Yin Tai, Brandon Spradley and Dr. Jordan Moon (right) at the recent 2012 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) conference in Providence, R.I.

Dr. T.J. Rosandich, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, is traveling to Malaysia for the Academy’s International Diploma in Physical Education and Scholastic Sports (IDPESS) program and to China to further partnerships with the Shaolin Temple.

Dr. Fred Cromartie, Dr. Will Evans, Dr. Arthur Ogden and Betsy Smith, Academy residential faculty members, are traveling to Malaysia for the Academy’s International Diploma in Physical Education and Scholastic Sports (IDPESS) program for three weeks beginning July 25.

Dr. Stan Dawdry travelled to Thailand to teach “Introduction to Sports Security Management” and Dr. Larry Miller travelled there to teach “Sports Strength and Conditioning.” The courses are part of the Academy’s International Certification Sports Coaching program with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT).

Brandon Spradley, an Academy teaching assistant, Chih-Yin Tai, a doctoral student and former research assistant at the Academy, and Dr. Jordan Moon, an Academy distance learning faculty, made presentations recently on a study examining the effects of pre- and post-workouts using a MusclePharm supplement at the 2012 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) conference in Providence, R.I.

Daniel Moore, the Academy’s 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, recently completed the painting, “Shutout,” for the Academy’s 2012 College Football Game of the Year that featured the University of Alabama’s 21-0 victory over Louisiana State University in the national championship game.

Oscar Pistorius, the Academy’s 2008 Juan Antonio Samaranch IOC President’s Disabled Athlete Award, was selected as one of 62 athletes to represent South Africa at the 2012 London Olympic Games. He will also try to defend his three Paralympic sprint titles that he won in Bejing in 2008 at the Paralympic Games also being held in London

MAJOR PROGRAM EVENTS

The International Convention on Science, Education and Medicine in Sport 2012 (ICSEMIS 2012) – July 19-24 in Glasgow, Scotland

2012 London Olympics – XXX Olympic Games July 27-Aug. 12 in London

Global Business Summit on Assisted Medical Technologies – Sept. 3 at the British Business Embassy at Lancaster House in London

The Eighth International Olympic Committee (IOC) World Conference on Sport, Culture, and Education – Nov. 25-27 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

‘Head Games’ Documentary Reveals Extent of Concussion Crisis in Sports

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A new documentary, “Head Games,” details the extent of the concussion crisis in sports and is described as a must-see for parents of young athletes, coaches and sports professionals.

The recently completed documentary was developed by acclaimed director Steve James (“Hoop Dreams,” “The Interrupters”) and award-winning producer Bruce Sheridan.

Christopher Nowinski

“Head Games,” which was inspired by events written in a book with the same title by former college football player and professional wrestler Christopher Nowinski, takes a deeper look at the devastating and long-term effects of concussions in all sports. The film offers eye-opening insight and cutting-edge science on head trauma from the nation’s leading medical experts.

While Nowinski serves as the film’s central character, it also weaves in stories about Alan Schwarz,  a Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter at The New York Times who first exposed the seriousness of concussions among football players of all ages; Keith Primeau, a former National Hockey League All-Star player who had to retire due to concussions; and Cindy Parlow, a former Olympian and American professional soccer player who cited post-concussion syndrome for ending her career. A number of leading sports medicine physicians are also interviewed.

It’s estimated that every season, one in five U.S. athletes in a contact sport suffers a concussion and more than 3.5 million sports-and-related concussions occur each year in the United States.

Statistics from the Center for Disease Control show that the chance of a 30-49 year old man receiving a diagnosis of dementia, Alzheimer’s or another memory related disease is 1 in 1,000 and dramatically increases to 1 in 53 for an NFL retiree who is the same age.

One of the executive producers of “Head Games” is entrepreneur Steve Devick, the United States Sports Academy’s 2011 Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award for his role in developing the King-Devick Test. A leading method to measure saccadic eye movements and detect reading difficulties in children for 25 years, the King-Devick Test is now being used at sporting events to detect concussions in as few as 60 seconds by timing athletes as they read a series of numbers.

Devick helped to bring James aboard the documentary project as the director.

Look for the film to be released soon. Meanwhile, for more information about the film, please visit its website.

Wall Street Journal Features American Sports Art Museum

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The American Sport Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) and its collection of artwork from renowned sports artists across the globe was featured recently in the Wall Street Journal.

"Olympic Boxing Moscow 1980" by Leroy Neiman.

The Journal, which is the largest newspaper in the United States with a circulation of 2.1 million, highlighted the works of Leroy Neiman, who was known at the father of contemporary sports art and died on June 20 at age 91. Neiman, named the Academy’s 2007 Sport Artist of the Year, has seven serigraphs displayed in a small gallery at ASAMA. Other sports artists, such as Raomon Parmenter, Ferenc Németh, Mina Papatheodorou-Valyraki, Tafa, Bart Forbes, James Ridlon, Charles Billich and Rick Rush, are also mentioned in the story.

“In short, the art here, breathtaking and complex, is far above the kitsch found in stadium suites and halls of fame,” the article written by Wall Street Journal reporter Mark Yost states.

The article also states: “While Neiman’s works are reason enough to come here, the rest of the collection at this relatively obscure museum is equally impressive. It not only houses the largest collection of sports art in the country, but is one of the more unique exhibition spaces.”

A version of this article, “The Art of the Athlete,” appeared July 17, 2012, on page D5 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal. It also appears online and you can read it by clicking here.

The sport art museum, which has nearly 1,700 pieces in its collection, is open free to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

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