I'm going to relate the lessons I've learned from my students in my health classroom through stories I have from our class discussions, assignments, and interactions. Feel free to share some of your own "lessons learned" through the lessons you've taught your students. If you're not in education, perhaps you can relate lessons you have learned from children at some point in your life. Look forward to sharing stories!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Life of an Athlete

This summer, I have had the opportunity to attend a conference called Life of an Athlete. The program is an international program that our state athletic association hosted for all school districts in the state of New Hampshire. Life of an Athlete is a program for students athletes and coaches to improve athletic performance related to all sports. The program focuses on sport training, nutrition, sleep, alcohol/tobacco/drug use. It is a fabulous program that gets students focused on maintaining a healthy lifestyle while they are involved in high school athletics. I attended with several coaches from my high school and learned a tremendous amount about improving performance. Our high school sent about 15 students to the Life of an Athlete training following our workshop to get trained in the same concepts. They attended a 3 day seminar.

The training addressed the need for 8-10 hours of sleep for athletes (teens also) to allow their brain (CNS) to recover from sport activity. Intense performance may take 48 hours for full CNS recovery and about 24 hours for physical recovery. Protein and carbs are necessary to get into your system within 10 minutes of sport practice or game. One episode of being drunk results in 14 days of lost performance. A person will not reach their peak performance ability for two weeks following that excessive drinking. For more: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Life-of-an-Athlete/157110224306768

Lesson Learned:

Give a kid an inch and they'll take a mile! I love that this saying fits with these concepts. Today I attended a Life of an Athlete meeting with our student athletes and coaches and administrators. It was so incredible to hear the students plan our Athletic Awareness night and care about educating their peers on these concepts. Our students are going to share what they learned and the expectations they have for their peers at an awareness meeting next week before all fall sports start for the season. The lesson I have learned from this is that there are high school students who really do care about doing the right thing in regards to decision making, sportsmanship, drugs/alcohol/drugs, and team goal setting. I am very excited to see students invested in changing the school culture and the culture of the community. I realize this takes time and I think the students do too. I am hoping to see the positive change (even a small one) this year.

1 comment:

  1. This is great awareness for high school students. I know they see all the fuss on ESPN with athletes making stupid decisions and this could help with prevention. I did not know that information about one drunk incedent results in 14 days lost of performance. That is crazy! This is important information for athletes to know and this was an awesome conference.