EDUO 9720: Dealing With the Problem of Athletic Drug Use

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Class Description

Class participants will learn how to detect the signs of drug use and will encourage all of their student/athletes to follow a drug fee lifestyle. If a student is suspected of using drugs, the teacher/coach can use the problem solving techniques presented in this class to help the student.

Required Text:

Successful Coaching-4th Edition by Rainer Martens, Human Kinetics; February 17, 2012)

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, participants will have had examined a style of teaching/coaching that:

  • Facilitates the detection of the signs of substance abuse among young student/athletes.
  • Encourages developing and enforcing a drug-free participation policy.
  • Uses knowledge about drugs and drug abuse to help student/athletes when a problem arises.
  • Enables them to provide preventive education about substance abuse.
  • Encourages them to counsel their student/athletes about drug abuse and, when necessary, help them to obtain professional help.
  • Helps them feel more comfortable in dealing with the parents of a student with drug problems.

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Tony Battilega

B.A. Communication Studies, University of San Diego

California teaching credentials: English, Health, Physical Education.

High School Teacher 30 years - English 11 years, Health Education 5 years, Physical Education 17 years.

Distinguished Teacher Award: Rancho Bernardo HS, Granada HS, Amador Valley HS.

High School Baseball Coach 30 years: Rancho Bernardo, Granada, Amador Valley, San Ramon Valley. Multiple League and CIF Championships.

Youth Baseball Coach 10 years: Three Babe Ruth World Series Championships.

Baseball Camps 30 years: Owner, Coordinator, Instructor.

College Baseball Coach 2 years: Pitching coach Menlo College, San Diego City College.

Division 1 Baseball Player 4 years: University of San Diego.

“I am passionate about health, fitness and lifelong learning. I teach because everyone, especially teenagers, need support and guidance in their physical, emotional and social wellness. I am driven to leave a positive impact on every person I meet.”

Personal: Married, two children, dog, snake. Family is extremely important.

Interests: Mountains, Beach, Travel, Fishing, Hiking, Skiing, Fitness, Photography, Reading and Writing.