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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.

The 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.

At the weekend-long conference, the attendees evaluate their athletic department’s programs and policies and develop a customized action plan to take back to their schools. Each school’s team is comprised of four to six people, including at least one student-athlete.

Student-athletes are active participants in the APPLE conference. In addition to helping developing their team’s 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 concerns.

U.Va.’s 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.

Contact: Debra Reed, (434) 924-5276

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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