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U.Va. Hosting NCAA-Funded Conference On Substance-Abuse Prevention For Athletics Departments

February 8, 2004 -- The University of Virginia is host to nearly 300 student-athletes, athletic trainers, coaches and administrators representing 53 colleges and universities from NCAA-member institutions attending the 13th annual Athletic Prevention Programming and Leadership Education (APPLE) conference. The conference takes place Feb. 6 through 8 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Charlottesville; an earlier offering of the conference took place Jan. 22 through 25.

The APPLE model of substance-abuse prevention was created in 1991 by the late Susan Grossman, founding director of prevention programs at U.Va.’s Institute for Substance Abuse Studies (now the Center for Alcohol and Substance Education), and Joe Gieck, director of sports medicine at U.Va. The model provides a method for athletics departments to assess and improve their substance-abuse prevention programs by examining seven areas that impact student-athletes: recruitment practices; departmental expectations and attitudes; education; alcohol and other drug policies; drug testing programs; sanctioning procedures; and referral and counseling services.

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

Student-athletes are active participants in the APPLE conferences. In addition to helping develop 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 model is a peer-based prevention approach designed to create a safer, health-enhancing atmosphere for teams and to help students receive early intervention for alcohol concerns.

U.Va.’s Center for Alcohol and Substance Education has received grants from the National Collegiate Athletic Association for each of the past 13 years to fund these annual conferences.

Contacts: Virginia Carter, (434) 924-1036 or Susan Bruce, (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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