The Ohio High School Athletic Association
Athlete for Competition
Coaches, athletic administrators and
parents need to educate student athletes about the health risks involved
with the use of alcohol, tobacco and marijuana. In addition,
effective and appropriate policies that target the prevention and
reduction of substance use among student athletes should be designed and
implemented. The following are links to resources that may be
helpful in your campaign against substance abuse.
The increased availability of these
products on the Internet, by mail order, or from nutritional supplement
retailers, allows student athletes access to a wide variety of
supplements that are highly marketed in fitness and strength training
magazines with promises, endorsed by faulty research claims, of
extraordinary weight loss, explosive power, or tremendous strength
gains. As a coach, athletic administrator, or parent it is important to
be aware of and educate oneself about what substances your student
athletes may be using and about the potential risks involved with
uneducated supplement use.
Nutritional supplements are not the only thing readily
available for athletes looking to improve performance. Illicit drugs are
also used with the goal of aiding performance.
- More than 5 million Americans experience eating disorders.
- 10 to15 percent of those diagnosed with bulimia are men.
- 15 percent of young women have disordered eating behaviors or attitudes.
- Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder affect the mind
and body simultaneously.
- 86 percent report onset of illness before the age of 20.
- Eating disorders are significantly higher (15 to 62 percent) in the athletic
population than the general population.
Coaches, administrators, parents, and
officials must know the signs and symptoms of disordered eating. Disordered eating ranges from mild and/or
occasional abnormal eating behaviors to the severe conditions of anorexia and bulimia.
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