Tip of the Week: It is difficult to reach peak performance and learn new information if under the influence of marijuana.
The effects of marijuana can remain in the body for up to several days and may negatively impact attention, motivation, memory and learning. It can also compromise judgment and affect many other skills necessary to be successful in sports.
Tip of the Week: Choose not to use marijuana as it impacts your health, safety and potential for academic and athletic success.
THC (the chemical in marijuana) builds up in the brain and affects the skill recall area of the brain and delays reaction time. Marijuana compromises judgment and affects many other skills necessary to be a proficient athlete. These skills include alertness, concentration, coordination and reaction time.
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 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released a substance use prevention campaign, “Talk. They Hear You.” that helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs. Read about the 5 conversation goals to have with your teens below.