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Sports Participation Prevents Youth Marijuana Use

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New research published in the Journal of Behavioral Health examined the relationship between school sports participation and marijuana use among 37,616 7th-12th grade students.  

Results indicated that both males and females who reported participating in school sports often/a lot were less likely to report recent or past year marijuana use than those who never/seldom participated in school sports.  Similar positive results were reported on measures of peer disapproval, perceived harm, and ease of access. 

The authors recommended increasing pro-social activities such as school sports participation to reduce substance.   

Research findings examining the role of sports on youth substance use are mixed.  One recent study, for example, showed boys who were very active in sports were at greater risk for extreme binge drinking (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ajad.12323/full). 

We believe sports are important for positive youth development.  That is why we recommend all youth and young adults who participate on sports teams receive an effective sports-related alcohol and drug prevention program.   

SPORT Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) is a proven, evidence-based program easily implemented by coaches, volunteers or peers to youth sports team members in just one quick session.     

SPORT PPW links sports and school success with avoiding alcohol and drug use, and increasing physical activity, healthy eating, getting adequate sleep, and controlling stress (http://preventionpluswellness.com/sport-prevention-plus-wellness/). 

InShape Prevention Plus Wellness (PPW) is another evidence-based program easily implemented by coaches or fitness specialists to college students in sports or recreation centers using a brief, practical single-session script. 

Like SPORT PPW, InShape Prevention Plus Wellness links sports, school and career success with avoiding alcohol and drug use and setting wellness behavior improvement goals (http://preventionpluswellness.com/inshape-prevention-plus-wellness/). 

Read the entire research abstract: http://www.scopemed.org/?jft=57&ft=57-1453508456 


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