Document Type

Poster

Publication Date

2011

Publisher

University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach

Abstract

Alcohol and drug consumption are a public health concern among young athletes throughout the entire nation. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to review substance abuse prevention and intervention outcome studies specific to athletes. A list of common keywords associated with outcome studies targeting substance abuse prevention and intervention among student athletes was generated. Interventions were derived from peer-reviewed journals, government websites and newspaper articles. Two interventions were found to successfully decrease excessive drinking and drug use among student athletes. While some researches may argue that involvement in athletes may serve as a "protective factor" for alcohol or substance abuse, the current information shows otherwise (Labrie, 2009). Controlled research experiments targeting substance use frequency are needed for use in athletes.

Keywords

Athletes – Substance use; Substance abuse – Prevention; Teenage athletes – Substance use

Disciplines

Other Sociology | Sports Sciences | Substance Abuse and Addiction

Language

English

Comments

Mantor: Brad Donahue


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