Tip: Vaping isn’t considered safe for teens because your brain is still developing and can expose you to toxic substances and nicotine.
Exposure to nicotine and toxic substances in vaping devices can cause your breathing to become rapid and shallow, as well as increase heart rate and blood pressure. The vapor can contain volatile organic compounds, flavoring such as diacetyl which is a chemical linked to a serious lung disease and heavy metals such as nickel, tin and lead. Nicotine use can also rewire the brain, which can impact your concentration, learning and impulse control.
We all can have a positive effect on youth- whether we are parents, coaches, employers, neighbors, etc., we can all create positive emotional spaces for kids.
Tip: Misusing prescription drugs can be harmful to your health and impact your participation in sports.
Only take medications that are prescribed to you and follow instructions from the doctor carefully. Prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs including sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs and cough and cold remedies can be harmful to your health if you don’t take the medication as directed. Do not take any medications that are prescribed to someone else, side effects can include nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite or even vision loss.
Tip 1: 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 2: Just one night of binge drinking will erase 2 weeks of practice.
Binge drinking can be defined as consuming five drinks for males and four drinks for females in about two hours. You may show up to practice but you will not see any gains for two weeks. It will also take 96 hours to re-balance hormones and you will see an 11% decrease in your performance.
Students from Falmouth High School (Maine) collaborated with the Falmouth Maine Police Department and Casco Bay CAN to visit local businesses Walmart Falmouth and promote Project Sticker Shock, a national and state-wide program.
The students volunteered to be a part of the project and bring awareness to the ramifications of purchasing alcohol for underage individuals. High school students placed stickers on alcohol packs that highlight Maine laws about providing or purchasing alcohol for a minor.
Shown below from left to right: Jack Crowder, Sgt. Kevin Conger, Matthew Conger, George Smyth (Walmart), and John Peelen
“Although alcohol use during the teen years is on a decline, it’s still a hot button issue. Alcohol is the most widely used substance during adolescence. By age 15 about 33 percent of teens have had at least 1 drink, and that number jumps up to 60 percent by age 18.”
1. Develop Stress Management Skills.
2. Monitor Friendships.
3. Create an Agreement.
4. Supervise Parties.
5. Teach Peer Pressure Skills.
6. Support Healthy Risk Taking.
To read the full article, including facts your teen should know about alcohol please click here.
Thank you to Freeport Middle School students, Phyllis Latham, Freeport Middle School Guidance Counselor, RSU 5 School Resource Officer Mike McManus, the Freeport Maine Police Department (Chief Susan Nourse shown below) and our local businesses- including Bow Street Market (shown below) in Freeport for a successful Project Sticker Shock.
Tip: Never increase your exercise intensity or the amount of weight lifted by a factor of 10% every 2 weeks
Be smart to avoid injury when training for your sport. Gradual increases in exercise intensity and amount of weight lifted will provide the best results. Progression is the key to the success of your workout.