Thank you John Underwood!

Thank you to International Olympic Speaker/Trainer John Underwood for a great Athletic Director/Coaches training and evening community presentation! Thank you also to Casco Bay CAN Coalition member Robin Haley and Falmouth High School for hosting the evening event!

Life of a Student Athlete Tip of the Week

Tip: Athletes who sleep at least 8 hours per night are 68% less likely to sustain an injury compared to those who get less sleep.

Lack of sleep impacts reaction times and performance and causes fatigue. Aim to sleep at least 8 hours per night to maximize muscle growth, repair and recovery. This will also help improve cognitive skills and concentration. All of these factors together can contribute to a lower rate of athletic injuries.

How to Help Teenagers Embrace Stress

Read the full article from the New York Times here

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Nicotine in one vaping pod is equivalent to the nicotine in one pack of cigarettes

Vaping marijuana or nicotine can cause respiratory problems and decrease aerobic capacity- it reduces athletic ability by interfering with lung function. It also causes shortness of breath 3 times more often than nonsmokers- nicotine narrows blood vessels and makes your heart work harder than it should.

Reflecting on My Addiction and Recovery, Then and Now

We are so proud of Andrew and all of his work with Young People in Recovery, across the state of Maine and beyond!

Encouraging Change Talk

From the Center for Motivation and Change: When you are trying to help someone decide to make a behavioral change, it’s more common than not to experience a back and forth process of openness and resistance to the change being considered. Change is hard and ambivalence is normal. As family members, friends, and treatment providers we can contribute to the change process moving along (and maybe even speed it up) or we can contribute to it grinding to a halt. If you know what to look for in conversations, you can help build up a person’s motivation to change.

To read the full article, click here.

Thank you Dr. Gold!

Thank you to Dr. Mark Gold for providing a training and presentation to our community. Dr. Gold is a world renowned expert on substance use disorder diseases and has worked for over 40 years to develop models for understanding the effects of substances on the brain and behavior.
Thank you also to AdCare Educational Institute of Maine and Yarmouth High School for helping to host these events!
Shown below: Dr. Gold and Casco Bay CAN Coalition member Peter Scott