Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: 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.

Dr. John Duffy Hosts Virtual Forum

Thank you to Dr. John Duffy who helped us host a virtual community forum held on September 24th. The author of “Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety” highlighted tips from his book and provided support for talking with teens during COVID-19 about their concerns and stress. No video is available for this session, so take a listen!

 

 

 

 

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Managing stress does not have to include the use of alcohol or drugs. The best way to handle stress is through healthy habits.

Exercise, healthy eating, sleeping well and maintaining close relationships are important in stress management. These key actions can help reduce stress levels and improve your quality of life. Quick fixes like drugs or alcohol may temporarily mask stress but the long-term effects are unhealthy.

The Moment the Bell Rings

“If I had known then what I know now.”
That was the driving thought behind the original publication of The Moment the Bell Rings – a collection of personal stories and advice collected from high school students throughout the Casco Bay region.
Ninth grade is a year of so many first experiences. Some are positive, but others – like encountering substance use – are not. It can be hard to know what is the right thing to do in some situations. Thankfully, having some firsthand advice can make a huge difference.
Here you’ll hear personal stories shared by nineteen student writers. These are moments of real loss, frustration, personal connection, exhilaration, and encouragement. It’s here for you, and it’s what happens the moment the bell rings.

Talk. They Hear You.

Keeping kids safe from underage use of alcohol and misuse of prescription pain medications is a concern for parents. Parents and children are encouraged to communicate with each other early on and frequently in this public service announcement from SAMHSA’s “Talk. They Hear You.”

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.

The Yellow Tulip Project

The Yellow Tulip Project is meant to let people know that “Hope Happens”. Why Yellow Tulips? The yellow tulip represents happiness and hope. Learn more about the Yellow Tulip Project here!

Steps to Manage Stress

Stress Management: Learn to Identify What Causes Stress

– Stress is not all bad
– Have a mindset of resilience
– Save energy
– Avoid catastrophic thinking
– Parents as role models
– Three questions to put things into perspective
– The power of yet: a word that shows change is possible

Learn more about these tips in the article from Center for Parent and Teen Communication here!

September is National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month. National Recovery Month – now in its 31st year – recognizes the millions of Americans in treatment for substance misuse, as well as recovery service providers. It also encourages those struggling with substance misuse to seek professional help. This year, Faces & Voices of Recovery, a non-profit group dedicated to supporting people recovering from drug addiction and their families, is hosting the observance.

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The theme for 2020’s Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections.
Don’t miss SAMHSA’s Recovery Month webinar series!
Learn more here