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In line with the mission of the Birmingham Bloomfield Community Coalition, the mission of the Student Athlete Project (SAP) is to become an advocate for our student-athletes with a primary focus of alcohol abuse. Our goal is to inform student-athletes on the risk of alcohol, increase awareness of alcohol abuse and provide resources to those student athletes who may need help. We will work towards our goal through increasing the awareness of each schools code of conduct as well as work with the 12 sectors of our community and athletic programs. We will strive to create leaders on our athletic teams who make positive choices and promote the missions of the BBCC and SAP.

Inform student athletes on the risk of alcohol abuse not only during sports but during the off-season. Educate student athletes of the harm of alcohol on both the body and brain. Provide support and intervention methods for athletes, coaches, administrators and parents. 

 SAP Meetings & Events
7 Habits for Highly Effective Teens - Athlete Based Course - Saturday, March 12, 2016
Captain's Leadership Program - Saturday, March 12, 2016

Effects on Athletics
Many of us know that excessive amounts of alcohol can negatively impact our health. The dangers of liver deterioration, dementia and cancers of the mouth, throat and lungs have been stressed to us for most of our lives. Alcohol is toxic to the body and only provides empty calories. For collegiate, professional and recreational athletes, there is also a direct effect of alcohol consumption on performance, often for days after an episode of drinking. This includes not only competition, but effects on practice, strength training and conditioning sessions as well. Still many athletes do not understand the full effect it has on the body. In a survey conducted by the NCAA, over 60 % of student-athletes continue to believe that their use of alcoholic beverage has no effect on athletic performance or on their general health. 

Alcohol does not increase performance in sports and it has many harmful effects associated with its use. The detrimental effects of alcohol on athletic performance are very well documented and include impairment of the following:

  • Complex and fine motor skills.
  • Balance and steadiness.
  • Reaction time.
  • Memory and information processing.
  • Alters temperature regulation during prolonged exercise in the cold or heat.
  • Ability to get a good night’s rest.
  • Drinking delays muscle recovery by reducing the production of growth hormone, testosterone and IGF.

Furthermore, its diuretic effect may lead to dehydration and depletion of key electrolytes (potassium and sodium) as well as minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium and zinc that are vital to nerve and muscle coordination. For an athlete who drinks moderately heavy or heavily one night, dehydration can last a few days, especially since few athletes drink water between alcoholic beverages or drink enough the next day to make up for the water loss. Alcohol does not contain proteins, vitamins or minerals and it may actually interfere with the absorption of key vital nutrients such as folic acid, zinc and thiamin. These nutrients are involved in the metabolism of fat, proteins and the formation of hemoglobin. The lack of these vitamins can lower energy and oxygen carrying capacity and thus negatively affect endurance sports. When an individual drinks heavily and does not consume water or sports drinks, they have a good chance of developing a hangover. Hangovers often are characterized by nausea, headache, body ache pain and fatigue following a night or day of drinking.  Athletes that experience hangovers have been known to perform poorly on tests, in practice or games, or even injure themselves.

Not only does consuming alcohol negatively affect your athletic performance but drinking lowers inhibitions which can have a detrimental effect on your life. Decision making is impaired and can cause you to engage in behaviors that you may not do sober that can lead to injury (physical and mental), jail, hospitalization and even death.

General Resources/Links
Dr. Eddie O'Connor - Performance Excellence Center
UC San Diego - Effects of Alcohol on Performance
Drug Free Sport
Coaches Against Alcohol
Sports Transgressions: Getting Athletes Help
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Alternative to Athletic Suspension Program Resources/Links

 Student Athlete Project Blog

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