Promoting Student-Athlete Wellness and Substance Abuse Prevention

Coaches Assist

Coaches Believe

  • Every student-athlete matters
  • Most student-athletes will respond to clear expectations about alcohol and drug use
  • We must step up and intervene when needed
  • My behavior matters

Steps for Helping a Student-Athlete

  • Notice problems
  • Take problems seriously
  • Feel responsibility for acting
  • Check on protocol for your department/ school
  • Initiate a conversation
  • Make an appropriate referral
  • Follow up as needed

NCAA video on coaches' role in substance abuse prevention

Coaches Assist slide deck (PDF)

Find additional Coaches Assist resources from the Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness HERE