Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Life of a Student Athlete- Tip of the Week: Celebrate safely during the end of the fall sports season
 
Make healthy choices and stay alcohol and drug-free to celebrate the end of your sports season. Plan a dinner out with friends and family, host a game or movie night or take an overnight trip to somewhere new. Take time to reflect on the season and prepare for your next sport or enjoy the off-season.

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Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Life of a Student Athlete-Tip of the Week: Regularly drinking alcohol before your teen brain is fully developed can impact impulse-control and the memory and learning areas of the brain.
 
Brain development is still occurring between the ages of 12-26 and scientific research has shown that binge-drinking or regularly drinking alcohol as a teen can result in irreversible brain change.
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Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Life of a Student Athlete- Tip of the Week: Be sure to cross train one or two days a week. Participate in another activity to avoid overuse injury and let your muscles repair.
 
Rest can be just as important to fitness as working out. Your body gets stronger during the rest period as it rebuilds itself from exercising, giving your muscles time to heal and also reducing the risk of injury. You can practice alternating between hard and easy workouts, involving cross-training and valuing your personal time.
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Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Stress can impact your ability to perform on and off the field

Stress can inhibit routine tasks such as interacting with others, focusing in school, sleeping, eating, and maintaining overall health. Use coping mechanisms to balance stress levels while also ensuring proper rest, recovery and relaxation. For some this may be reading a book, going for a walk, taking a nap, writing, etc.

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Life of a Student Athlete- Tip of the Week

Life of a Student Athlete- Tip of the Week: Signs of dehydration are: muscle fatigue/cramps, coordination decline, decrease in energy, and a reduction in athletic performance

To help prevent dehydration, consume three cups of liquids every 15-20 minutes during activity. Water is the best form of hydration but sports drinks with electrolytes should be used for prolonged exercise at or above 60 minutes long. Hydration can also come from foods such as grapefruit, watermelon, strawberries and cantaloupe.

 

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Experts recommend 8-10 hours of sleep for teenagers

Teens need to get enough sleep every night to function best. They are more likely to do well on a test or play their best game with sufficient sleep. Tips for getting enough sleep: Go to bed at a consistent hour every night, exercise regularly, avoid drinking caffeine and unwind by keeping the lights low and shut off electronics.

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Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of Week

Tip: Alcohol suppresses training hormones for up to 4 days. You may show up to practice but there will be little improvement or gains.

A few drinks can offset your hard work by erasing the effects of your workouts, reducing your endurance and compromising your mental game. Alcohol affects your ability to learn new plays and strategies; it decreases your aptitude for muscle development and recovery and negatively impacts your nutrition and endurance.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: The psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, THC, can influence timing, movement and coordination.

Marijuana can have significant harmful effects on athletic performance. It can negatively impact your coordination and movements and decrease reaction time. Using marijuana not only is detrimental to you but to your team as well.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Every game is an opportunity to measure yourself against your own potential

Focus on your game and not competitors by putting effort into your own strengths and abilities. Take every opportunity to put your personal greatness to work. The more you see what you can do, the more confidence you will gain and the more opportunities will come your way.825646