The Life of an Athlete training program confronts chemical health issues and problems that face today’s student athletes. The LoA prevention policy recognizes that abuse of alcohol and other drugs is a treatable health problem. It is a problem that involves violation of the law and can interfere with a student’s academic, physical, emotional, and social development.
- Helps student athletes and their parents understand the impact of alcohol and illegal drugs on their health and the athletic performance.
- Encourages athletes and stakeholders (parents, coaches, administrators, other concerned adults) to review, to evaluate, and to enforce their school district policies and practices regarding alcohol and drug use.
- Motivates school districts to adopt written policies and practices that allow student athletes to learn from past mistakes and understand the importance of not using alcohol and illegal drugs.
Alchohol Impairs Performance
Alcohol has been described as a performance impairing drug. Studies also indicate that it has significant detrimental 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.
- Individuals with alcohol dependence have displayed varying degrees of muscle damage and weakness.
- Aerobic performance capacity during a hangover has been shown to decrease by as much as 11%.
- Drinking lowers muscle glycogen and decreases the available fuel for normal aerobic energy production.
LoA seeks to foster an environment that is free from alcohol and other drugs and commits to the health of student athletes. Each stakeholder in the community has a responsibility to contribute to the goals of the prevention program.