Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sport Psychology - Understated in The Business of Sport

April 29 - KINGSTON, One of the understated, but important aspects of The Business of Sport is Maintaining the Competitive Edge – Sport Psychology. This year’s renewal of two-day conference will focus on that message in Session 2 on Day one of the May 3 – 4 event at the Jamaica Pegasus. The session will feature three international experts who have plied their trade extensively in the sporting arena. Dr. Jason Scott Hamilton who is Florida-based is the president and founder of Elite Sports Psychology (ESP) and is the dean of the Doral Campus of Strayer University. He presented in a series of workshops in Jamaica in January this year. The participants for the workshops he hosted included athletes, students, sporting officials and associations, and the topics covered were: personality, coaching, team dynamics, youth versus adult competition, stages of development, scholarships and the good and bad aspects for a national athlete. Dr. Hamilton is happy to report that due to his intervention some of the athletes had some success this season “a few of the boys won a basketball title, the track and field athletes had personal bests and they have kept in touch.” E. Patrick Miller who is coming to Jamaica for the first time is one of the most respected Health & Wellness Coaches in the sports, corporate coaching, and entertainment industries. He is one of the pioneers and founding fathers of sports psychology. He has worked with high school, collegiate, professional and Olympic athletes as well as numerous professional teams in all sports, for over 25 years. These "phenoms" and professionals have exceptional talent and drive, but something and/or someone typically gets in the way of their historical success. As the “Zenn Coach,” E. is a spiritualist who has taught thousands of people transcendent and integrated meditation, which he uses along with his clinical, academic, and neuro-chemistry background. He is based in California. Jamaican psychiatrist, Dr. Wendel Abel, is the other speaker on that panel. He is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Medical Science at the University of West Indies, Mona. He has studied, researched and written on depression extensively; but will focus on the role of communities in supporting their stars, who generally emerges from those communities. The session is scheduled for Thursday, May 3 and will be from 1:00 – 3:00 pm Maintaining the Competitive Edge – The Psychology of Winning This session will explain the mental state necessary to cope successfully with competing with the best Presenters: • Dr. Jason Scott Hamilton – Clinical and Sport Psychologist, IOC Certified • E. Patrick Miller – Personal Growth and Sport Consultant • Dr. Wendel Abel, Jamaican Psychiatrist Moderator: Kai Morgan, Clinical Psychologist The two-day event is costing US$150 or J$13,000 for each participant and registration can be done online at The event is a Carole Beckford and Associates and Strategic Corporate Interventions production brought to you by Jamaica Tourist Board, FLOW Jamaica, Supreme Outdoor, Stocks and Securities Limited, Supreme Ventures, BMW, Jamaica Pegasus, KLAS Sports Radio, Wisynco, SportsMax, Samuda and Johnson, Island Car Rental, Singer Jamaica Limited, Usain Bolt Tracks and Records and Alhambra Inn

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