SSI promotes student-athlete health, wellness and quality of life through research, education and practical application of sports medicine and health promotion principles. Wellness is a dynamic process of learning new life skills and becoming aware of and making conscious choices toward a more balanced and healthy lifestyle. SSI is committed to promoting and developing safety, excellence and wellness in student-athletes, and to foster lifelong physical and mental development.
The NCAA recognizes, along with college and university presidents, that substance abuse is a critical issue that interferes with student success – in the classroom, on the field, and in everyday life. Accordingly, the NCAA provides resources and programming to its member schools to effectively address substance abuse and encourage student-athletes to make healthy choices related to alcohol and other drugs. Substance abuse prevention is a shared responsibility among members of the association. In addition, the NCAA partners with other higher education associations in researching and setting a national agenda to assure a comprehensive approach that includes strong policy, effective educational initiatives, and drug testing where indicated.
Substance Abuse Resources:
The University of Arizona Life Skills Program, along with the NCAA and national leading experts, has developed the program: Step UP! BE a Leader, Make a Difference, to engage peers in safe, early and effective intervention when they see a friend or teammate in distress. Step UP! is a prosocial behavior and bystander intervention training that educates students and builds skills to be proactive in helping others. By teaching students the determinants of prosocial behavior, students are more aware of the factors that inhibit helping behavior and how to overcome those behaviors to truly help a friend in need. All training materials and additional resources are available free online here.
Last Updated: Jun 3, 2013