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.
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.
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.
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: 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: 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.
Tip of the Week: To increase flexibility hold each stretch for at least 45 seconds
Hold each of your stretches for at least 45 seconds and repeat two to three times and remember to breathe through each. Stretching for this period of time will lengthen your muscles therefore increasing your range of motion. Additional benefits also include improved circulation, better posture, stress relief and enhanced coordination.
Tip: Using alcohol and marijuana shuts down 10-11 of the 13 geographic regions of the brain, reaction diminishes significantly.
Using alcohol and marijuana can cause significant negative effects on an individual. Marijuana impacts your coordination, resulting in decreased ability to move, react and stay balanced. The use of alcohol controls the brain in many ways and can result in difficulty walking, blurred vision, slurred speech, slowed reaction times and impaired memory. Think about these facts before using alcohol or marijuana.
Tip: Overcoming barriers to performance is how groups become teams
Every team is made up of a set of diverse individuals who bring a variety of strengths to their sport. When a group of athletes are faced with a difficult opponent, they share a purpose to be part of something larger – to score that one goal or even to defeat the team who has been undefeated all season. Make it a priority to understand your group’s common goal and use the benefits of working as a team to accomplish that goal.
Tip of the Week: Misusing prescription drugs can be harmful to your health and impact your participation in sports.
Only take medications that are prescribed to you and follow instructions from the doctor carefully. Prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs including sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs and cough and cold remedies can be harmful to your health if you don’t take the medication as directed. Do not take any medications that are prescribed to someone else, side effects can include nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite or even vision loss.