The "Life Of an Athlete" program is focused on providing information to students regarding the negative effects alcohol consumption can have on their athletic performance and their life. It is a comprehensive program that identifies and works with all aspects of high school athletics, including coaches, Athletic Directors, administrators, parents, communities and the athletes themselves, with a proactive approach to athletic participation. While this program focuses on athletes, the model has residual impacts on all segments of the school and community.
Consider the facts:
- Alcohol is the leading drug of abuse among teens in our country today.
- Statistics show that nearly 60% of all seniors and close to 50% of all juniors report regular drinking activity.
- Studies from the American Athletic Institute have provided evidence that consumption of alcohol directly relates to decreased athletic performance.
- Alcohol consumption decreases speed, endurance, agility, strength, and concentration; all key factors in the success of an athlete.
Time is one of the most important aspects in a young athlete's life. Athletes will not always have their "athletic ability." Eventually, a person's athletic ability will begin to diminish with age. Athletes have to accomplish in the first quarter of their life, what they will never have the opportunity to accomplish again- being an athlete.