U.Va. To Host NCAA-Funded Conference
On Substance Abuse Prevention And Athletics
January 29, 2002-- More than
200 student-athletes, athletic trainers, coaches and administrators
representing 50 colleges and universities from NCAA-member institutions
will attend the 11th annual Athletic Prevention Programming and
Leadership Education (APPLE) conference on Feb. 1-3 at the DoubleTree
Hotel in Charlottesville.
APPLE model of substance abuse prevention was created in 1991 by
the late Susan Grossman, founding director of U.Va.s Institute
for Substance Abuse Studies, and Joe Gieck, director of sports medicine
at U.Va. The model provides a method for athletic departments to
assess and improve their substance abuse prevention programs by
examining six areas that impact student-athletes: recruitment practices;
departmental expectations and attitudes; alcohol and other drug
policies; drug testing programs; disciplinary procedures; and referral
and counseling services.
the weekend-long conference, the attendees evaluate their athletic
departments programs and policies and develop a customized
action plan to take back to their schools. Each schools team
is comprised of four to six people, including at least one student-athlete.
are active participants in the APPLE conference. In addition to
helping developing their teams action plan, student-athletes
learn how to implement or improve a Student Athlete Mentor (SAM)
program at their school. The U.Va.-developed SAM program is a peer-based
prevention approach designed to create a safe, healthy atmosphere
for teams and help students receive early intervention for alcohol
Center for Alcohol and Substance has received grants from the National
Collegiate Athletic Association for each of the past 11 years to
fund these annual conferences.
Debra Reed, (434) 924-5276