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Vote Now for United States Sports Academy Athlete of the Month for October

2019-11-07T09:10:22-06:00November 7th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for October and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates from seven countries comprise the list. Everyone is encouraged to cast a vote on the Academy’s website at www.ussa.edu. Voting will continue until 5 p.m. Central time on Thursday, 14 November 2019. Male nominees are Yuzuru Hanyu, figure skating, Japan; Eliud Kipchoge, athletics, Kenya; Noah Lyles, athletics, United States; Nikita Nagornyy, gymnastics, Russia; Stephen Strasburg, baseball, United States; and Deshaun Watson, football, United States. Female nominees are Minna Atherton, swimming, Australia; Simone Biles, gymnastics, United States; Sifan Hassan, athletics, the Netherlands; Brigid Kosgei, athletics, Kenya; Emma Meesseman, basketball, Belgium; and Salwa Eid Naser, athletics, Bahrain. Each month, the public is invited to [...]

Academy Finishes Sports Strength and Conditioning Certification Pilot Program with Thai Partners

2019-10-22T13:59:38-06:00October 22nd, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy’s program to prepare strength and conditioning professionals for the preeminent certification examination in their field completed its important pilot program phase in October 2019. The Academy’s Sports Strength and Conditioning Certification (SSCC) pilot program is part of the institution’s efforts to develop a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) approved preparation program to help strength and conditioning professionals as they take their Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam – the preeminent certification of its kind, but the average pass rate for it is 56 percent, with international candidates passing at significantly lower rates. Academy chair of sports coaching,  Dr. Roch King, recently accompanied a group of sports professionals selected by the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) for the SSCC pilot to the NSCA headquarters [...]

Faculty Members Present at American Indian Higher Education Consortium Meetings in Minneapolis

2019-10-22T13:55:45-06:00October 22nd, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy is making inroads to further expand its domestic sports education programs as members of its faculty recently made a presentation to the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) in Minneapolis, Minn., in early October. Academy vice president of academic affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlstrom and director of instructional design David Penrose were invited to attend and present to the AIHEC Athletic Commission, which is responsible for the governance of the 37 college and consortia based sports programs with the United States based Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). In their presentation, Wahlstrom and Penrose provided an overview of the Academy’s history of working with, recognizing, and supporting American Indian athletes as well as the institution’s involvement in helping to build professional and successful sport programs in some [...]

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Academy Partners with National High School Basketball Association to Provide Education to its Members

2019-10-22T10:40:55-06:00October 22nd, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy will work with the National High School Basketball Association (NHSBA) to provide post-secondary, non-degree sports education programs to train the organization’s coaches, administrators, and coordinators in modern sports management techniques and coaching fundamentals. Through its Center for Professional Studies and Continuing Education (CPSCE), the Academy signed an agreement with the NHSBA to begin delivering sport education programs to the organization in early 2020. The NHSBA is a national non-profit organization founded in 2006 with the purpose of providing a safe haven to youth to develop physically, emotionally, and intellectually. The organization teaches young people practical life skills to help guide them through high school, college, or trade school. The NHSBA has chapters in seven cities in the United States, and the Academy would provide educational [...]

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Public Invited to United States Sports Academy’s 35th Annual Awards of Sport Program

2019-11-04T15:18:55-06:00October 22nd, 2019|

The public is invited as the United States Sports Academy celebrates the 35th anniversary of its annual Awards of Sport program with the awarding of an Honorary Doctorate and the unveiling of an original work of sport art on its Daphne, Ala., campus. The Academy will recognize Trustee and former University of Tennessee women’s athletic director Joan Cronan with an Honorary Doctorate and present prolific painter Steven Lester the institution’s Sport Artist of the Year Award. The ceremony is free and open to the public beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, 14 November 2019. The Academy’s campus is located at One Academy Drive in Daphne, Ala. A reception will follow. Those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP at (251) 626-3303 or email communications@ussa.edu, but reservations are not required. Honorary [...]

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Nadal, Andreescu Named Academy September Athletes of the Month

2019-10-15T11:14:58-06:00October 15th, 2019|

The champions of the U.S. Open tennis Grand Slam tournament Rafael Nadal and Bianca Andreescu have been named the United States Sports Academy’s male and female Athletes of the Month for September. Nadal, of Spain, won his fourth U.S. Open title with a five-set win over Russia’s Daniil Medvedev in New York on 8 September 2019. Nadal won 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 for his 19th career Grand Slam title. The Canadian Andreescu stunned American Serena Williams to win her first major title at the U.S. Open in New York on 7 September 2019. Andreescu, 19, defeated the heavily favored Williams 6-3, 7-5. The second place finisher on the men’s side was American sprinter Christian Coleman and third place went to American football player Patrick Mahomes. Coleman captured the men’s [...]

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Leading Concussion Education Advocate Dr. Chris Nowinski Earns United States Sports Academy’s 2019 Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award

2019-10-15T11:05:47-06:00October 15th, 2019|

Dr. Chris Nowinski Dr. Chris Nowinski, one of the world’s leading advocates for sport related concussion research and education, has been named the recipient of the United States Sports Academy’s 2019 Dr. Ernst Jokl Sports Medicine Award. Nowinski is a social entrepreneur leading a global conversation on concussions, CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), and the future of sports. He is co-founder and CEO of the non-profit Concussion Legacy Foundation (CLF), and author of the critically acclaimed 2006 book “Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis.” Nowinski is also a co-founder and investigator at the Boston University CTE Center. He has coauthored more than 30 scientific publications, including a groundbreaking study published last week in Annals of Neurology that found each year playing tackle football increases the odds of developing CTE by [...]

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Vote Now for United States Sports Academy Athlete of the Month for September

2019-10-03T08:56:39-06:00October 3rd, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy has announced its Athlete of the Month ballot for September and public voting is in progress. Following the selection committee’s meeting, 12 candidates from six countries comprise the list. Everyone is encouraged to cast a vote on the Academy’s website at www.ussa.edu. Voting will continue until 5 p.m. Central time on Thursday, 10 October 2019. Male nominees are Kenenisa Bekele, running, Ethiopia; Gerrit Cole, baseball, United States; Christian Coleman, track and field, United States; Patrick Mahomes, football, United States; Rafael Nadal, tennis, Spain; and Errol Spence Jr., boxing, United States. Female nominees are Bianca Andreescu, tennis, Canada; Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, track and field, Jamaica; Adeline Gray, wrestling, United States; Alysa Liu, figure skating, United States; Carolina Marin, badminton, Spain; and Volha Silkina, pentathlon, Belarus. Each month, [...]

Thai Students Graduate from Academy’s Longstanding Sports Certification Programs

2019-09-24T13:19:01-06:00September 24th, 2019|

Thai students, along with leaders from the Sports Authority of Thailand, are pictured with Academy President and CEO Dr. T.J. Rosandich during a visit to the institution’s campus in Daphne, Ala. The United States Sports Academy’s longstanding certification program to provide advanced sport education to students in Thailand continued recently as three groups of Thai students visited the institution’s campus in Daphne, Ala. The post-secondary, non-degree programs in Bangkok are designed to prepare people in Thailand for careers in coaching and related athletic professions. The International Certification in Sports Coaching (ICSC) program includes a wide range of coaching and related administrative skills, while the International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) program includes management topics such as sports event planning, marketing and public relations, and facilities. In addition, students [...]

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Academy Mourns Loss of Longtime Administrator Dr. Nabil Elattar

2019-09-24T14:04:24-06:00September 24th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy is mourning the loss of longtime administrator and friend Dr. Nabil Elattar, who passed away recently at age 84. Elattar played a significant role in the marketing and program administration of the Academy’s sport education programs in the Middle East. Elattar worked for the institution in an administrative role in Saudi Arabia for more than a decade playing an important role in client relations and public relations. Elattar also worked throughout the Arabian Gulf region and with his knowledge of Arabian culture, played an important role in implementing the Academy’s sports and physical fitness programs in the countries in which the Academy worked. Elattar will be fondly remembered and missed by everyone at the Academy.

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Academy Launches Sports Management Program with Partners in Finland

2019-09-24T08:56:25-06:00September 24th, 2019|

Pictured are Proftraining Finland’s Atte Varsta (front) with International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) students and Varala Sports Institute Director Juha Antikainen, right. Students and Academy faculty are also pictured participating via an online teleconference. The Finnish Varala Sports Institute and Proftraining Finland recently launched the United States Sports Academy’s International Certification in Sports Management (ICSM) in Finland to help students in that country train for careers as sport professionals. Coursework for the ICSM is offered in English, online, under the guidance of Academy instructors. At the end of the coursework, a symposium will be held in Finland. As with all Academy programs, students will be able to study while continuing to work full-time in their profession. Academy Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Tomi Wahlström said the [...]

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Academy Training Strength and Conditioning Professionals for Master’s Degree Program and Certification Exams

2019-09-24T09:21:42-06:00September 24th, 2019|

The United States Sports Academy is taking strides to provide a training program to prepare strength and conditioning professionals for the preeminent certification exam in their field. The Academy is working to develop a National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) approved preparation program to help strength and conditioning professionals as they take their Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) exam - the preeminent certification of its kind, but the average pass rate for it is 56 percent, with international candidates passing at significantly lower rates. Academy chair of sports exercise science Dr. Brian Wallace has been working to develop the 10-module program – a combination of lectures, quizzes, guided discussions, practice exams, reviews and practical, hands-on experience. The program will culminate with the student’s ability to pass the Academy’s Sport [...]

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