Life of an Athlete - Parent Prevention Basics
Life of an Athlete Chippewa Valley Schools seeks to foster an environment that commits to the health and well-being of our student athletes and is free from alcohol, marijuana, and other drug use. Join us in better ensuring that your student athlete makes decisions that promote his/her success in athletics and in life.
Information to Discuss with your Student Athlete
Teens are MUCH more likely to become addicted to Alcohol, Marijuana and Other Drugs than Adults
A teen’s brain is a “work in progress” and isn’t fully developed until s/he is in the mid-20s.
Use of alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs can damage the developing brain and can lead to irreversible negative effects on the ability to think, problem-solve, and remember. The earlier a teen uses and the more they use, the more likely they are to become addicted.
— National Institute on Drug Abuse (2014) Facts Parents Need to Know
Alcohol, Marijuana and Other Drugs Impairs Performance
Alcohol has been described as a performance impairing drug. Research shows that alcohol use has significant negative effects:
- Athletes who drink regularly are more than twice as likely to be injured (54%) as non-drinkers (24%).
- It takes 3 – 4 days for athletes to restore B vitamins depleted by alcohol.
- One night of excessive drinking wipes out the impact of two weeks of training.
— Underwood, John. American Athletic Institute (2004)
Research shows that marijuana use negatively affects athletic performance in the following ways:
- decreases eye-hand coordination and reaction time
- reduces concentration, motor coordination, and balance
- decreases blood oxygen levels and the motivation to perform
- slows reflexes and negatively affects the ability to think clearly and remember and can lead to injury.
— National Institute on Drug Abuse (2015) Facts for Teens