Inside the 8th Grader’s Brain

“Inside the eighth grade brain, the frontal lobe is growing and interconnecting. This is fantastic news, but patience is required: your child’s frontal lobe won’t reach full maturity and re-structuring until your child is 25 to 30 years old. So for the next 12 to 18 years, they’ll be lured toward risky acts they’re cognitively challenged to resist because they’re still heavily swayed by their limbic system, which is the emotional center of the brain.”

Inside the eighth grader’s brain

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Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

Tip: Scientific research has shown that alcohol can harm teen brain development.

Alcohol slows down brain activity; and the negative effects of alcohol lasts far longer in a teen brain than in an adult (up to two weeks). Good judgment and impulse-control may not properly develop in the brain and memory and learning areas of the brain are also impacted by alcohol use.

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.