Tip: Regularly drinking alcohol before your teen brain is fully developed can impact impulse-control and the memory and learning areas of the brain.
Brain development is still occurring between the ages of 12-26 and scientific research has shown that binge-drinking or regularly drinking alcohol as a teen can result in irreversible brain change.
Tip of the Week: Complex carbohydrates for pre-game fuel equals better performance.
Your body needs energy to perform at its best, and you get that energy from glycogen. Glycogen acts as your body’s fuel source and is found in complex carbohydrates. Eat foods that are rich in starch—potatoes, pasta and rice. It’s extremely important that your body has time to digest the food so eat three hours before you compete to avoid cramping and fatigue during the competition.
Tip: Alcohol suppresses training hormones for up to 4 days. You may show up to practice but there will be little improvement or gains.
A few drinks can offset your hard work by erasing the effects of your workouts, reducing your endurance and compromising your mental game. Alcohol affects your ability to learn new plays and strategies; it decreases your aptitude for muscle development and recovery and negatively impacts your nutrition and endurance.
Join Greely High School Administration and other parents next Monday from 6:30-7:30pm at Greely High School for a Parent Night. Choose from a variety of topics to attend!
April is Alcohol Awareness Month and Casco Bay CAN has resources available to you in the following locations across our service area: Bow Street Market, Casco Bay and Pineland YMCA of Southern Maine, Freeport Community Library, Merrill Memorial Library, Prince Memorial Library, New Gloucester Public Library and Gray Public Library. The libraries also have resource books on drug and alcohol prevention, positive discipline, how to stay connected to your teen, etc.
Thank you to all our local organizations for supporting April Alcohol Awareness Month and helping to keep youth safe!
Tip of the Week: Being challenged in life is inevitable. Being defeated is optional.
Every time you fail, you move one step closer to succeeding. Embrace failure as part of success and get going. Perseverance will help to overcome challenges; it is easy to become overwhelmed so take it one step at a time
Tip: Prep for the game: eat well, sleep plenty and think positively.
Get at least 8 hours of sleep the night before a game. When you wake up, eat food high in protein and carbohydrates. Remember, water and drinks high in electrolytes will help sustain your energy for the duration of the game. During the time before the game, try to use as little energy as possible and think about the best outcomes regardless of how tough your opponent may be.