Your Brain 2015 Athlete Presentation. Making the Most of It.

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Your Brain 2015 Athlete Presentation Making the Most of It What hazardous activity are happening? What impacts that behavior? Genetics Childhood Experiences Environment A…

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Your Brain 2015 Athlete Presentation Making the Most of It What hazardous activity are happening? What impacts that behavior? Genetics Childhood Experiences Environment A Spectrum of Change Connectivity Emotion Mood Memory Stress factors Intellectual Power The Hippocampus Importance of the Hippocampus Hippocampus Alcohol and other drugs Methamphetamine Cocaine Heroin Alcohol Marijuana Stress Sleep Deprivation Injury and Traumatic Events Positive Influences Sleep Express your Creativity Find your Spark Protect Your Brain Practice Mindfulness Just Say No Conclusion Lots of changes occur to your brain during adolescences You have a choice to positively or negatively impact the health of your hippocampi Understanding how the brain of an adolescent is changing may help explain a puzzling contradiction of adolescences: youth at your age are at your peak of physical health, strength, and mental capacity and yet this is a very hazardous age * Mortality rates jump between early and late adolescence. Rates of death by injury between ages 15-19 are about six times more the that of ages 10-14. Crime rates are higher and rates of alcohol abuse are high relative to other ages * What are some examples of how genetics might play a factor in the context of the changing adolescent brain? Examples of the impact of childhood experiences â ACE What about the environment * Research using many different approaches is showing that more than gray matter is changing during adolescences * Your connections in the brain increases during adolescence â fibers connecting the nerve cells increase speed impulses are transmitted Kind of like a growing city with fast integrated communication systems â brain compared to social media Why does it need to have good connectivity â it is related to growth in intellectual capacity such as memory and reading. * Research shows that teens respond differently than adults emotionally Changes in the brain connectivity during adolescence shape the urgency and intensity of emotional reaction Examples of emotional reactions: Friendships Pets Political views What is good and bad * What are stress factors that you face? Academic acheivment Long practices Athletic achievement Family Your brain negatively responds to stress and it can have a complex effect on the brain and as a result, behavior * The capacity of your brain will never be greater than it is right now * Located deep in the temporal lobe, the function of the hippocampus is related to memory forming, organizing, and storing (taking in and holding on to new information). It is also important your emotional responses and nagivigating * The importance of the hippocampus is a small, curved formation in the brain that plays an important role in the limbic system. It is involved in the formation of new memories and is also associated with learning and emotions Because of the symmetry, the hippocampus is found in both hemispheres of the brain. When both sides of the hippocampus are damaged, the ability to created new memories can be impeded. * The hippocampus is named after the seahorse because of itâs similar shape The hippocampi develop in the brain up to the age of 25 Optimal social and intellectual development depends on a long tail on the hippocampi When negative influences are introduced, the tail stops growing, impacting memory and mood. It the negative behavior stops, the hippocampi tails start growing again, but important stuff might have been lost along the way. Still stops growing at 25!!! So what influences it negatively? * These are the top five that have a negative effect on the tail growth â all drugs effect it as well * Talk about this some already on what stress factors you have Stress has a complex effect on the brain, and as a result behavior Stress can interrupt the healthy growth of the hippocampi tail! * How much sleep do you need ? 8.5-10 hours a night Why is that hard? Changes happening in your brain may contribute to teens tendency to stay up late! During school years this can lead to sleep deprivation, leading to fatigue and difficulty maintaining attention, irritability and depression. Some research has also shown in leads to impulsive behavior. It has a negative effect on the healthy tail growth of the hippocampi * Our athletic trainer has already covered with you today the some things to be concern with injuries. What traumatic Events can you think of that teens might experience ? Both have an extremely negative effect on the hippocampi tail growth * Feed your brain with healthy nutritious food strengthens the growth of the tail!! Five of the best foods for the brain include: fish Blueberries Pumpkin seeds Avocados Chocolate â must be good quality dark or milk chocolates with high cocoa solids to count!!! * So if lack of sleep is bad, proper sleep is good! How much do you need? * What are some things you can do to express your creativity?? It is important for healthy tail growth! * What is SPARK! * Safety gear is made for a reason â protect your brain by wearing it!! * If stress negatively influences it â find what you need to help eliminate some of that stress * Do whatever it takes to keep harmful substances out of your body!!! *