Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

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.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

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.

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.

Free Parenting Webinar: 6/22 at 12 Noon

Free Parenting Webinar from STEPS Proactive Parenting: Sign Up Below! Proven and practical resources to help parents protect their kids against substance abuse. Program topics include:

– Preparation for the teenage years
– Awareness of the issues parents face
– Connection to exciting new resources
– Education on preventing addiction
– Steps to take to make a difference

Student Intervention and Reintegration Program

The Student Intervention and Reintegration Program (SIRP) is an evidence-based program for Maine teens, ages 13 – 18, who may be experimenting with alcohol and other drugs, making questionable decisions, or engaging in risky behavior. The program empowers teens to make healthy decisions and reduce risk, all without judgment or shame.
This 12-hour educational program is a conversation, not a lecture, and is offered in small groups at many Maine high schools. Each class is taught by a nationally certified instructor. SIRP is one small step in the right direction, and, for many teens, will be the biggest step of their lives. The class provides teens with facts and teaches them to assess risks and make better, more informed choices in their lives.
To learn more about the program, visit the SIRP website here: https://sirpmaine.com/

Talking with Teens About Alcohol and Other Drugs: 5 Conversation Goals

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.