Athletics is a Student Affair: Team Up to Manage Crisis
Session Overview Welcome and Introductions Learning Objectives Case No. 1: Conduct Issue Address Barriers to Collaboration, Ways to Overcome Barriers, Part 1 Case No. 2: Eating Disorder Issue Address Barriers to Collaboration, Ways to Overcome Barriers, Part 2 Individual Exercise National Updates Close Session
Panel Monique Bernoudy, Northern Illinois University Tim Millerick, Austin College Jeff Graham, Frostburg State University Leah Kareti, NCAA
Learning Objectives 1.Participants will be able to identify at least two methods to reduce barriers to collaboration between athletics and student affairs. 2.Participants will be able to identify at least two well-being issues where athletics and student affairs can collaborate. 3.Participants will be able to identify at least two actions to take in collaborating on the topics identified in objective #2.
Barriers to Collaboration between Athletics and Student Affairs Isolation rather than collaboration Communication challenges Myopic thinking on a two-way street Unrealistic expectations Fear of the unknown Scheduling challenges
Breaking Down Barriers Cross-functional training and support Developing a shared vision Commitment to learning Collaborate by building alliances Interdependence rather than independence Share resources (academic support, primary prevention, SAAC) Promote the success of all students
Challenges Facing Student-Athletes Social concerns about fitting in with others Performance, academic and athletic Financial Relationships, including sex Health Wellness Alcohol and drugs Legal and policy violations Parents and family The same obstacles that all students face!
The Big Five Alcohol Sexual Assault Violence Drugs Academic Dishonesty
Best Practices: Conduct-related Issues Young adults will make mistakes and occasionally exercise poor judgment Know your university’s student conduct policies – Don’t confuse them with team policies – Ensure alignment between athletics and student conduct Personal and professional ethics are all we can control
Best Practices: Conduct-related Issues Be clear with student expectations (and make sure student-athletes are aware of campus policies) Meet and interface regularly with student conduct staff Stay current on OCR Title IX information
Best Practices: Conduct-related Issues Want to know what’s going on with your athletes Identify systematic resources (internal processes that allow you to find out about conduct-related issues) Know your university’s processes and potential sanctions Support your athletes (without enabling) within the context of the organization
Best Practices: Conduct-related Issues Student conduct systems are designed to be fundamentally equitable Don’t take it personally Partner with campus police Partner with Student Affairs for innovative prevention programs
The Relationship of Alcohol and Student-Athlete Concerns Student-athletes consume alcohol at higher rates than non-athletes (Brenner & Swanik, 2007) Student-athletes are more likely to experience alcohol-related harms than non-athletes (Grossbard, Geisner, Neighbors, Kilmer, & Larimer, 2007) Student-athletes are more likely to drink to conform to peers (Huchting, Lac, Hummer, & LaBrie, 2011) Group influence may be stronger among student-athletes, including influence over alcohol-related decisions (Zamboanga, Rodriguez, & Horton, 2008)
Disordered Eating Physical/Medical Signs and Symptoms: 1.Amenorrhea 2.Dehydration 3.Gastrointestinal Problems 4.Hypothermia (cold tolerance) 5.Stress Fractures (and overuse injuries) 6.Significant Weight Loss 7.Muscle Cramps, Weakness, or Fatigue 8.Dental and Gum Problems Sherman & Thompson (2013) Managing the Female Athlete Triad. NCAA: Sports Science Institute
Disordered Eating Psychological/Behavioral Signs and Symptoms: 1.Anxiety and/or Depression 2.Claims of “feeling fat” despite being thin 3.Excessive Exercise 4.Excessive Use of Restroom 5.Unfocused, Difficulty Concentrating 6.Preoccupation with weight and eating 7.Avoidance of Eating and Eating situations 8.Use of Laxatives, Diet Pills, etc. Sherman & Thompson (2013) Managing the Female Athlete Triad. NCAA: Sports Science Institute
Eating Disorders and the Student/Athlete (Petrie, Greenleaf, Reel, & Carter, 2008) (Greenleaf, Petrie, Carter, & Reel, 2009)
Best Practices: Eating Disorders Be informed: NCAA Nutrition and Performance Resources Check yourself: what are your saying and doing? Involve nutritionists as part of your strength and conditioning regiment Make information readily available to student-athletes and coaches regarding eating disorders Use the university counseling center as a resource Watch for signs and symptoms: conversations between athletes, skipping meals, physiological symptoms
Best Practices: Eating Disorders Establish expectations for self-care Don’t avoid the tough conversations with athletes Use the experts, including nurses and dietitians Negotiate healthy options with dining services Involve presentations on the physiological effects of nutrition on athletic performance: call in kinesiology Partner with Student Affairs to address this issue from a holistic perspective Make referrals
Individual Exercise 1.List at least two methods to reduce barriers to collaboration between athletics and student affairs on your campus. 1.List at least two well-being issues where athletics and student affairs can collaborate on your campus. 1.List two actions you will take to enhance athletics and student-affairs collaboration on your campus.
National Updates Establishment of Student-Athlete Knowledge Community within NASPA – Collaboration with GLBT Knowledge Community NCAA Division III – NASPA Alcohol and Other Drug Collaborative CHOICES Grants NCAA Speakers Grants