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Substance Abuse

Fueling Your Athlete for Competition

Nutritional Supplements

Disordered Eating


Substance Abuse

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.

Nutritional Supplements
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.

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Disordered Eating
  • 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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