Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: 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.

Inside the 8th Grader’s Brain

“Inside the eighth grade brain, the frontal lobe is growing and interconnecting. This is fantastic news, but patience is required: your child’s frontal lobe won’t reach full maturity and re-structuring until your child is 25 to 30 years old. So for the next 12 to 18 years, they’ll be lured toward risky acts they’re cognitively challenged to resist because they’re still heavily swayed by their limbic system, which is the emotional center of the brain.”

Inside the eighth grader’s brain

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Learn How Alcohol Affects The Brain

Want to learn how alcohol effects the developing brain? Ask. Listen. Learn. has brain videos that are packed with information on how alcohol effects each part.

Brain-Building For Parents and Kids

Vroom is a set of tools and resources from the Bezos Family Foundation designed to inspire families to turn everyday moments into “brain building moments” by layering activities that are essential to healthy brain development onto existing routines.

New Study Finds More Evidence of Marijuana’s Damage on the Brain

University of Michigan researchers completed a longitudinal study on more than 100 individuals to, “indicate that marijuana use is associated with decreased neural response in the NAcc during the anticipation of non-drug rewards. Over time, marijuana use may alter anticipatory reward processing in the NAcc, which may increase the risk for continued drug use and later addiction, the study authors report.”

Read the article from CADCA here or read the full journal article from JAMA Psychiatry here