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.

Alcohol and the Impact on the Teen Brain

The average age parents have conversations w/ their kids about alcohol is almost 10 yrs old.
It’s never too early to discuss how underage drinking can impact their developing brains🧠.
Check out Ask, Listen, Learn resources below!

How alcohol affects your kids’ brains (VIDEOS)

 

 

 

The Teen Brain

Alcohol and Developing Teen Brain

This brief video provides information from FCD prevention specialists about the impact of alcohol use on a developing teen brain. We encourage you to share this link as a prevention conversation starter with the adolescents in your life.

Life of a Student Athlete: Tip of the Week

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.

Decoding the Teenage Brain

The teenage years are “the last, great neuroplastic era in our lifetimes,” according to Steinberg, referring to the brain’s continued capacity for intellectual and emotional growth. The same emerging circuitry that makes teenagers vulnerable to risky behavior and mood swings also confers significant advantage on adolescent learners. To read the full article click here.

An Illustration of the Teenage Brain

 

Nurturing the Teen Brain

“During adolescence, the brain is highly flexible. Teenagers are constantly taking in new information and forming ideas, opinions and connections.”

Nurturing the Amazing Teen Brain