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First European Seminar "Sport & Exercise Psychology Under the Leaning Tower"

The seminar will touch many arguments in sport and physical exercise Psychology. In particular, it will intervene some of the most prominent academics on motor imagery and action observation topics. These are keys areas for the intervention of the expert in sport psychology to enhance mental abilities of the subjects involved, at various levels and in different age groups.

The seminar is organized in two days. The first (March the 4th) will be dedicated to professors, researchers, professionals and university students in Psychology, Motor Sciences, Medicine and Physiotherapy through keynotes, poster sessions and frontal lessons. The day after (March the 5th), also open to the just mentioned figures, will be adressed to the middle and high school students, their physical education professors, athletes, sports managers and coaches with practical and experiential demonstrations in sport and physical exercise Psychology applied to different sports. Finally, the day before the seminar (March the 3rd), it will be a meeting whose participation is not on registration, but only by invitation, in which national and international guests and PhD students will open a debate in the form of a round table on the topics that will be addressed later in the seminar.

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Dr. Octavio Rivas Solis, born in Mexico City , on July 8, 1935 , son of the Lic . Octavio Rivas Cid , a lawyer and Ms. Maria Solis Larena. Married in first marriage with Ms. Silvia Garza, who bore his only two children, Claudia Rivas ( the undersigned ) and Octavio Garza Rivas , being widowed in 1977 , remarries with Ms. Maria Esther Butron, who survives him and his granddaughter Alexa Da Pozzo, his main inspiration and passion today.

Passionate about music, singing, guitar and piano, football and sports from athletics to the football, and the perennial desire to help others, to heal, manifested first in his vocation as a medical heart surgeon, chief of practitioners in the Mexican Red Cross.

Specialist in psychosomatic (member of the national association of psychosomatic medicine) and specialist in various techniques of behavior modification medicine: neurolinguistic programming, transactional analysis, human development, mind-body therapies. Transactional analyst (didactic member of the International Transactional Analysis Association and former president of the Latin American Association of Transactional Analysis). In the last decades he is dedicated to running his own business, advising sports teams, government and private companies, in Mexico and abroad.

In 1975, after a government project with ICA engineers, he was hired to train and work with the players of PUMAS UNAM, obtaining the 1st. National Championship of the team in the 1976-1977 season, counting in its ranks players like Hugo Sanchez and Jesus Ramirez (champion coach national U - 17).

Since then he worked for more than 30 years for professional staff continuously, becoming the creator of the Chair of Sport Psychology in school football coaches of the Mexican Football Federation, working sporadically with various clubs of the professional football division, and other sports, including senior team (World Cup qualifiers and 86 and 94) and youth teams, accompanying those children and youth teams in world.

He was an innovator both in the medical area (member of the creative team of medical service open heart at the Red Cross with their teacher Dr. Perez Alvarez and Dr. Cruz Esparza) and in the area of sports psychology, implementing techniques and strategies at a time, which were considered "magical" implementing techniques like breathing, progressive relaxation and visualization, managing to convince skeptics that distant 1975.

Leader and teacher of virtually all subsequent generations of sport psychologists.

He leaves a great personal and professional legacy in his students, athletes and colleagues, but especially in his children and granddaughter,as well as a stream of light and love for knowledge in all of them.

In memory of Dr. Neil Widmeyer

Dear NASPSPA Membership,

We are sad to inform you that Dr. Neil Widmeyer, professor emeritus at University of Waterloo, passed away peacefully on Friday December 11. He was a frequent presenter at NASPSPA in the 1980s and 1990s, and many of us remember his wonderful smile, positive attitude, and devotion to his students. Along with his scholarly contributions to the areas of group cohesion and aggression in sport, he served as a sport psychologist for the Guelph Storm ice hockey team and most recently for 2016 Olympic hopeful in women`s boxing, Mandy Bujold, for whom the family requests donations in lieu of flowers. Dr. Widmeyer`s obituary appears in the link below.

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International Symposium on Computer Science in Sports

ISCSS 2015 will be held at Loughborough University, Leicestershire, United Kingdom,from 9th to 11th, September 2015.To know more information,please click me!!

The International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) in cooperation with Wingate Institute/Givat Washington Academic College (Israel) and National Taiwan Normal University (Taiwan)

a specialized Summer Workshop: "Biofeedback in Sport"at only shortlisted applicants will be notified of the application result.
Purpose: The use of biofeedback training as part of psychological preparation in sport. The presented approaches, named the Wingate-5-Steps approach, the Learning-Modification-Application approach, and Neurofeedback approach, will be learned and practiced.

Dates: The workshop will be held in August 2-7, 2015. The workshop is designed for up to 20 participants and will last for 6 days. In case of demands an additional cycle will be held in August 9-14, 2015.

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