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Students and underage drinking

Alcohol impacts performance.
High school students in activities sign a code of conduct every season pledging to stay committed to the sport, dedicated to the team and away from alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, some athletes dishonor the code and more importantly, themselves, when they chose to participate in underage drinking.

A good athlete continually strives to reach his or her athletic potential through strength training, skill development and hard work. Did you know that one night of drinking can wipe out as much as fourteen days of training? A typical high school sports season only lasts 10 to 12 weeks. That means that an athlete who chooses to drink wastes 20% failing to perform at an optimal level.

The Human Performance Project reports the following physical effects of underage athletes who drink alcohol:

  • Negative effect on heart rate, lactic acid and respiratory levels.
  • Slows muscle development
  • Vitamin B deficiency resulting from dehydration effects.
  • Slower reaction times for up to 12 hours after consumption.
  • Increased injury. Athletes who drink are 54.8% more likely to be injured on the court, track or field than non-drinking athletes.
  • Damages and lowers the immune system. Athletes who drink get sick more often than those who don’t.
  • Overall reduction in performance ability.
For more information about alcohol and students, visit http://www.humanperformanceprojectne.org/about-us.html
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