Posts Tagged ‘Basketball’

What I learned from Charles Wade Barkley (July 12, 2017)

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Credit Sir Charles with an assist!

Even at 54, Charles Wade Barkley can still inspire people.

He has certainly inspired me.

After catching the NBA TV segment where he announced his intention to take better care of himself (1:02), I immediately said to myself, “If Charles can do it, I need to make a similar commitment.”

Well, I didn’t use those exact words but, well, you get the idea.

Putting in the work

Yup!  I’m up to three times a week already and I’ll be honest: It wasn’t easy…it’s still not easy…but I’m getting there.

It is my hope that this post will in someway inspired you to go down a similar path. Read more…


Review: ToyCon 2017 (June 30, 2017)

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     Hopefully the first of many videos:  Just wanted to give you guys a peek of our Day 1 ToyCon 2017 experience.


Clockwise: Up on stage. | Posing in front of an Endor AT-ST. | Photo opportunity with Street Fighter’s Ryu and Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man. | Godzilla was certainly well represented in this convention. | Some memorabilia of famed Darna creator Mars Ravelo. | A locally produced Darna statue–It looked stunning!

ToyCon 2017.

I’ll try to be kind.

However, my thoughts on its point pricing and space allotment haven’t changed much since my review last year.

The saving grace though was having a photo with the larger-than-life sized Larry Joe Bird[i] COOLRAIN MINDstyle VINYL figure that stood outside the SMX Convention Center’s main concourse.  Goosebumps!  Now, I’ll add that snapshot to the COOLRAIN MINDstyle Russell Westbrook photo I took in ToyCon 2016.

Was it worth it?

Man, at least last year for the same point price we HAD an event program.  This year, we weren’t given one.  Did we have to buy one?  How come I didn’t see any being sold?

Anyway,  as you guys can probably surmise from the video, the place was somewhat packed–even on a Friday.  I can only imagine what the congestion is going to be like in Day 2 and Day 3. Read more…

A Dying Medium: Compact Discs (May 8, 2017)

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Spyro Gyra’s Access All Areas (top) and Hall & Oates’ Rock n’ Soul Part 1 compact discs.

I almost forgot.

In addition to the two Takara Tomy Arts Super Figure Collection Grendizer UFO Gashapons that I lucked out in getting yesterday, I also picked up a couple of used discs: Hall & Oates’ Rock n’ Soul Part 1[i] and Spyro Gyra’s first live album entitled, Access All Areas.

These albums were without their inserts but I knew what I was holding in my hands and scooped them up right away at a fraction of the cost.

To think, this was how everyone used to listen to music.[ii]

Short history lesson 

Back in the early 90’s, Compact Discs (CD) were the thing!  A literal upgrade in quality from the bulky Vinyl, 8-track, and cassette tapes.  It was the only way to get music back then as digital downloads were still in its infancy.  CD’s also had a long lifespan–unless you left them under direct sunlight–and were reported to be good for a couple of thousand plays before encountering any problems.

Well enough of that and back to the albums that I got. Read more…

Kawhi Leonard, The Grindhouse, Comic Odyssey, and the Philip Tan and Elmer Santos Signing & Sketching Event (April 23, 2017)

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Philip Tan gets the ball rolling well before his call time of 1 pm. | Philip’s three 2-hour sketches: Harley Quinn, Spider-Man, and the Dark Phoenix. | The Spider-Man sketch that Philip did for me on my Clone Conspiracy Blank Cover Variant. | Photo opportunity with Philip. | Posing for a photo with Elmer Santos. | Elmer’s Spider-Man sketch on my Champions #1 Blank Cover Variant.

What an interesting day!

Certainly one that I didn’t expect having when I woke up this morning.

Here is how things went down.

The Early Bird makes the sketch list

With Sandy’s announcement that The Hellblazer[i] creative team of Philip Tan (artist) and Elmer Santos (colorist) would be taking several sketch commissions–for free!–during their Signing and Sketch Event today, it made a lot of sense for my good friend Mark and I to make our way to Fully Booked in Bonifacio High Street before they opened at 11:00 am.

San Antonio Spurs versus the Memphis Grizzlies–a game for the ages.

Mark and I got to High Street early so we decided to head to the nearby Italiannis to catch the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies game.

This was a rare treat for me as I usually don’t watch television anymore[ii].  Game 4 between these two teams also served as my first game in this year’s NBA Playoffs.

And what a game it was!  As Mark and I settled into our seats, Memphis–down 2-1 in the series–had erected a formidable 10 point lead early in the fourth quarter lead by Grizzlies $153 dollar quarterback Mike Conley, Jr.

But Memphis had to give Conley a breather and almost as soon as he sat down, the San Antonio Spurs Kawhi Leonard took over and both teams battled till the end of regulation and well into overtime. Read more…

Featured on TV5’s Reaksyon with Luchi Cruz-Valdez (March 4, 2014)

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Reaksyon: Walang kamatayang paghanga ng Pinoy sa basketball (Reaction: The Filipino’s never-ending admiration for basketball)

As part of a segment on ‘Die hard’ Filipino basketball fans, a TV5 news crew came by my clinic to get my thoughts on the game of basketball in the Philippines as well as the role that social media plays in attracting its current and future fan base. [7:28 to 8:42 mark].

Click here for the entire segment.

Research Paper: Assisting Professional Basketball Players with Sports-Induced Concussions: A Psychologists’ Primer (March, 2011)

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As a young boy, I am embarrassed to admit that my exposure to the term “concussion” was largely limited to the storylines found in the world of professional wrestling as not a lot of information on the subject was readily available back then.  In fact, it was only during a National Basketball Association (NBA) playoff game in May of last year that I got to see up-close the potential career- and/or life-threatening effects that such an injury could cause.  It was Game 5 of the 2009-2010 Eastern Conference Finals and I can still remember watching a disoriented Boston Celtics basketball player named Glen “Big Baby” Davis struggle to get onto his feet and run down court after a defensive sequence against the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard.

It wasn’t clear what initially happened to the 6’9’’ Boston forward, but replays later showed that it was an inadvertent elbow to the face from the 6’11’’ Magic center that sent Davis crashing to the Amway Arena parquet floor where he stayed for what seemed to be an eternity.  Less than a minute later, a clearly dazed Davis finally collected himself and staggered down court before being caught by NBA referee Joey Crawford.

From the perspective of a spectator—and to some degree the officials, coaches, and teammates—the hit that Davis sustained may have looked negligible given his imposing frame.  But in actuality, a concussion—any concussion—is certainly no laughing matter if you take into consideration its debilitating “neuropsychologic effects” (Kushner, 2001) as well as the possible repercussions that this injury may have to their quality of life (Aldridge, 2003; Starkman, 2007; Parker-Pope, 2008; and Cahill, 2010).

To date, the initial diagnosis and management of concussions falls on team physicians or medical doctors before a “multidisciplinary team of professionals” (e.g., sport psychologists, clinical psychologists, athletic trainers, neurologists, etc.) can intervene (Powell, 2001; Fly, 2011; Krolik, 2011; and Washburn, 2011).  The author adds that before any member of the multidisciplinary team can assist in the treatment and rehabilitation of professional athletes, they must first be made aware what “constitutes a concussion” as well as other forms of treatment and guidelines.

With this in mind, the focus of this research paper is to provide interested psychologists with an overview of concussions, current injury policies, and possible interventions that they can consider when treating a concussed professional athlete.

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“It’s All In The Mind” by Mr. Joaquin M. Henson of The Philippine Star

11/09/2011 Leave a comment

Photo opportunity with The Dean during the opening of the Dr. Romeo H. Gustilo NeuroSciences Center in the Makati Medical Center last May 24, 2011.

Sitting down with The Dean

I sat down with respected columnist Mr. Quinito M. Henson awhile back and talked about Sport Psychology and its potential benefits in Philippine Sports.

Click here to read the full article on Mr. Henson’s website – “The Dean’s Corner.”

“It’s all in the mind”

Mr. Joaquin M. Henson
The Dean’s Corner (Website)
Sporting Chance (The Philippine Star)

For any sports psychologist, the challenge is being able to relate to an athlete so there is something positive that can be done to enhance performance. Because athletes are often pressed for time to practice and get ready for a game or an event, it’s not easy to schedule a session where they’re able to unwind in quality minutes with a “shrink.”

Realistically, athletes don’t prioritize meetings with a counselor. They seem to think they’re being put in a box and dissected. The notion is if you confer with a “shrink,” there must be something wrong with your marbles. Of course, that’s not so. An athlete may be mentally in the pink of health and could still benefit from a session with a sports psychologist whose perspective is to inspire an attitude, not expose a disorder.

“It’s all in the mind” – The Philippine Star (11-9-11)

Dr. Tedi Villasor, 35, says when he attends to an athlete, it’s usually a “catch-as-you-can” encounter. “I understand the work-driven schedule of athletes where they spend long hours in training or practice or preparing for a game,” he notes. “I know I have to sometimes go out there on the field or on the court to get a few minutes in. It could take anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour. A catch-as-you-can encounter could take two to five minutes only. But the idea is to develop a close relationship and establish rapport. It’s also access to a service.”

Dr. Villasor has extensive experience with athletes in basketball, golf, swimming and tennis. He has worked with individuals and teams alike. “I don’t advise, I suggest,” he explains. “I think there is a genuine need to provide athletes with support from a sports psychologist. Any sport can benefit from it. How important is mental balance to an athlete? Think of a three-legged stool. One leg is the spiritual base. The second leg is the physical base. And the third leg is the mental base. You remove any one of those legs and the stool collapses. A stool is strong only if those three legs are upright. You take away one and you take away the balance.”

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The College of Saint Benilde – DLS

Dr. Villasor, a bachelor, comes from a professional family background. His father Edwin, a lawyer, is the deputy administrator of the Supreme Court and his mother Dr. Teresa is a well-known clinical psychologist. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, major in computer applications, at St. Benilde in 1998 then finished with a master’s degree in guidance and counseling at La Salle in 2002. Dr. Villasor went on to become a doctor in counseling psychology with his La Salle dissertation focused on help-seeking behavior of male basketball players. He has a certificate in sports counseling from San Diego University and is working on a second doctorate in sports psychology. Dr. Villasor is presently connected with the Makati Medical Center active staff.

“My preference is working with basketball players,” says Dr. Villasor who was with the professional staff of the Toyota Otis Sparks during the 2008-09 PBL PG Flex Linoleum Cup. “Sometimes, a player goes to his coach to consult on an issue that isn’t directly basketball-related. A coach is usually a non-mental health practitioner so the issue is passed on to a sports psychologist who is in the support staff. As a sports psychologist, my job is to make sure athletes are mentally focused. My goal isn’t to deliver a title or a trophy – they would be bi-products of the effort to enhance performance and create rapport.”

Dr. Villasor says Fil-foreign athletes often need counseling particularly during the acclimatization period. “The ability to adapt to a new environment is crucial,” he points out. “Anybody needs help in different ways. Some athletes have a tendency for tough-guy support. In the context of a team, the priority is the team as a whole and personal needs of an individual athlete are secondary. I remember working with a player once who got hurt on a daredevil drive, slipped on the court and hurt his lower back.  My role was to reassure the player, explain the importance of rest and motivate him to work his way back.”

Sacramento Kings point guard Bobby Hurley (left) was limited to 19 games in his rookie season as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident (1993).

Dr. Villasor cites the case of guard Bobby Hurley, the NCAA’s all-time assist leader who led Duke University to back-to-back championships. Hurley suffered life-threatening injuries in a vehicular accident during his NBA rookie season in 1993-94. He miraculously recovered after a year and went on to play five seasons in the pros.

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“In the NBA, rookies are given pointers on attitude during a pre-season orientation,” says Dr. Villasor. “They’re told how to relate with hordes of media and how to prepare for life after sports. As you will note, the accent is attitude or mental well-being. Of course, they’re also advised on financial investments because it’s like they just won the lottery with their big contracts. My San Diego University thesis adviser Dr. Cristina Versari of Brazil has experience with NBA players.  I recall she mentioned once that the quiet players are centers and the guards are usually vocal. I’m also told that the Boston Celtics administers psychological tests with their rookies. Coach Phil Jackson took psychology subjects to be better able to connect with his players. Obviously, sports psychologists must be well-versed in sports so they can counsel on career transitions.”

When a team or a player is on a slump, a sports psychologist may be able to help in arresting the skid. “It takes time to build a championship team, sometimes with luck and lots of talent,” he says. “A sports psychologist could contribute in creating a positive or winning atmosphere. In golf, focus is essential. You play against the course and against yourself. A golfer with a day job often doesn’t talk to others in the office and can get upset over little things. If he’s out of his elements, he could experience some kind of shock.”

Dr. Villasor says there are basic psychological types of athletes and a sports psychologist must be prepared to take the right approach in order to develop a relationship based on trust. “For instance, a Jordan type wants to be an expert in his craft, wants to be the best, wants to have fun being the best, doesn’t consider basketball a job, takes chances, lets his game speak for itself, is loyal to his teammates and friends and is fairly insubordinate in that he sees rules as confining,” he notes. “It’s key for a sports psychologist to understand an athlete’s type if he falls into any classification at all. Being sensitive to the athlete is vital.”