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.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: Celebrate safely during the end of the 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.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: Complex carbohydrates for pre-game fuel equals better performance.

Your body needs energy to perform at its best, and you get that energy from glycogen. Glycogen acts as your body’s fuel source and is found in complex carbohydrates. Eat foods that are rich in starch—potatoes, pasta and rice. It’s extremely important that your body has time to digest the food so eat three hours before you compete to avoid cramping and fatigue during the competition.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: Nicotine is addictive – 3 out of 4 teens who start using in high school will continue to use as adults

Vaping nicotine rewires the brain, which can impact your concentration, learning and impulse control. It reduces athletic ability to focus completely, slowing your reaction time. Nicotine also interferes with lung function – narrowing blood vessels and making your heart work harder than it should.

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.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

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.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: Stay motivated and healthy during your upcoming spring break

Find a workout buddy to keep you on track during vacation. Drink plenty of water and eat healthy with greens, fruits and vegetables and build muscle with fish, eggs and brown rice. Enjoy outdoor activities with friends and family and also take time to rest and relax.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week: 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.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Life of a Student Athlete- Tip of the Week: Set goals for what you want to achieve in school and in your sport.

Make an action plan for how you will accomplish your goals. Keep meals healthy, drink enough water and electrolytes, get enough sleep at night and stay away from drugs and alcohol. Constantly keep goals in sight as part of your successful finish line.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Life of a Student Athlete- Tip of the Week: Develop healthy habits early in life.


As a teenager it’s important to start healthy habits now that will keep you healthy later in life. Eat lean proteins, fruits and vegetables and some complex carbohydrates. For proper hydration, drink six to eight 12-ouce glasses of water a day. Exercise three to five days a weekand be sure to get 8-10 hours of sleep each night. Choose to be drug and alcohol-free.