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WVU Sport and Exercise Psychology program will host anger management authority

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The WVU Sport and Exercise Psychology program will host Dr. Mitch Abrams, Friday, April 3, 2015, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the CPASS building, room 103. As an expert in effective anger management practices in athletes, Dr. Abrams’ presentation will focus on problems with anger management in sport along with the belief that anger is a problem and it must be eradicated in order to be successful. Abrams believes that the work starts with normalizing anger, teaching one to own it, and then learning how to adjust the intensity of it to the level that would be most helpful for the task at hand, whether in sport or in other aspects of one’s life.

Abrams recognizes that many people have different degrees of anger problems and it manifests itself accordingly. His approach for anger management training works best with individuals who have skills deficits and are motivated to become more empowered and effective in their lives. According to Abrams, anger management is about both performance enhancement and transgression reduction.

CPASS students among winning SGA party

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On March 5, the results of the 2015 West Virginia University Student Government Association elections were officially announced. The election was a clean sweep, with all 19 winners belonging to the Make a Difference (MAD) Movement. Four College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences students with unique platforms for WVU are among the newly elected MAD Movement.

Ashley Morgan, a senior sport and exercise psychology major, was elected as vice president. Having served two terms as athletic councilor, Morgan has a vision forWVU at the student, local, state, and Big 12 level. Creating a student summit is a top priority for Morgan, who believes it is vital for “the voices of student leaders across campus to be heard no matter what their major, club, or organization.”

Graduate sports management students present data analysis

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After six months of hard work, West Virginia University graduate sports management students were rewarded with a trip to New York to present their research findings. Eleven students in the Sports Marketing Research Methods/Sports Poll class, taught by Dallas Branch, associate professor of sport management at WVU, showcased their work in a presentation for Kantar Media on March 2.

The presentation was a success, with Sports Business Journal deeming the findings from CPASS students worthy of publication in the upcoming edition.  
The project was an opportunity for students to work in conjunction with the advertising and sponsorship company Kantar Media. The students were given access to data from Kantar regarding the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship tournament, including media value for sponsors in the tournament as well as college basketball sponsorship awareness and product usage among sponsors.

Hundreds of educators to attend physical activity training at CPASS

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More than 470 educators will attend the March 14 physical activity training hosted   by CPASS and the WV Department of Education. This state-wide effort provides workshops focused on improving physical activity in primary schools.

The trainings are intended to better prepare K-8 teachers and school administrators to address recent policy changes committed to improving the culture of physical activity in schools. It provides beneficial resources to incorporate more physical activity in the school day, training on comprehensive school physical activity programming and innovative ways to incorporate physical activity into the academic setting. Studies consistently show that students who get more physical activity perform better academically and have fewer behavioral issues in school.

CPASS hosts two speakers to look at inclusive physical education and coaching techniques

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 Thomas Moran, Ph.D., CAPE, and Sarah Carson Sackett, Ph.D., both of James Madison University, will visit the WVU campus. Carson Sackett will speak on Tuesday, March 10, 11 a.m. – noon, CPASS building, room 101, to discuss the techniques of coaching.

Moran will speak on Wednesday, March 11, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m., CPASS building room 101 and focus on the meeting the needs of athletes of all abilities. Both Moran and Carson Sackett will present a panel discussion from 3 – 4 p.m. on Wednesday.