Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: Nicotine is addictive – 3 out of 4 teens who start using in high school will continue to use as adults

Vaping nicotine rewires the brain, which can impact your concentration, learning and impulse control. It reduces athletic ability to focus completely, slowing your reaction time. Nicotine also interferes with lung function – narrowing blood vessels and making your heart work harder than it should.

2019 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit

Cole Chandler, MSAD 15 School Resource Officer Gray-New Gloucester High School, Beth Blakeman-Pohl, Casco Bay CAN Program Director and Kim Gillies, Casco Bay CAN Program Coordinator attended the 2019 Rx Drug Abuse Summit in Atlanta this week. It is the annual gathering for stakeholders to discuss what’s working in prevention, treatment and law enforcement.

Thank you to SRO Chandler for attending on behalf of our Law Enforcement Subcommittee!

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

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.

How Cannabis Can Harm the Teen Brain

1. Increases the risk of depression and suicidal behavior
2. Impairs cognitive function
3. Disrupts the brain’s maturation process
4. Reduces blood flow to the brain

4 Ways Cannabis Harms the Teenage Brain

 

 

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

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.

Substance Use and Brain Aging

The largest known brain imaging study shows that heavy use of marijuana and alcohol accelerate brain aging. To reach the full article, click here