Speaking Topics

Impact of Substance Abuse Upon Academic and Athletic Performance

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Dr. Switchenko’s inspiring presentation relates how that issue of substance abuse has effected him personally and professionally.  He relates how his cocaine addicted brother permanently impacted family relationships and conveys numerous situations in which the use of alcohol and other drugs negatively impacted individual and team performance during his 18 years of college coaching.  The short and long term impact of alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, anabolic steroids and other substances is addressed.

Program Objectives

To understand short and long term consequences of the use of alcohol and other widely used substances.

To understand the impact substance abuse has upon the family.

To understand the impact substance abuse has upon academic and athletic performance.

Desired Outcome

To reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs by interscholastic and intercollegiate student athletes.

 

Impact of Good Leadership Upon Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Performance

Switchenko_3One of the most important factors in the development of successful interscholastic and intercollegiate programs lies in the quality of leadership provided.  Dr. Switchenko draws upon his eighteen years of college coaching experience to not only define leadership, but to describe the attributes possessed by an outstanding leader.  Attention is also focused upon those behaviors exhibited by outstanding leaders both on and off the athletic field.

Program Objectives

To develop an understanding of what leadership is.

To understand the attributes possessed by a good leader.

To understand the behaviors exhibited on and off the athletic field by a good leader.

Desired Outcome

To develop future leaders through interscholastic and intercollegiate sports.

 

Application of Exercise Science to Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Performance

Switchenko_4Dr. Switchenko has a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from The Ohio State University.  He has served as exercise physiologist at Alma College (1978-1980) and at Eastern Connecticut State University from 1981 to present.  His ability to bridge the gap between the research scientist and the practitioner is unique.  Topics addressed are aerobic training, anaerobic training, weight training, plyometric training, body composition, diet, nutrition and ergogenic aids.

Program Objectives

To develop an understanding of the factors involved in successful aerobic training, anaerobic training, weight training, and plyometric training.

To develop an understanding of the impact body competition, diet and nutrition have upon optimal interscholastic and intercollegiate athletic performance.

To develop an understanding of numerous ergogenic aids.

Desired Outcome

To improve interscholastic and intercollegiate performance through a better understanding of exercise science.

 

Ingredients for Success

Switchenko_1This motivational presentation focuses on the characteristics that successful individuals possess.  Dr. Switchenko discusses the role that academic achievement, academic skills, and positive character attributes play in ones quest for success.  Goal setting and the behaviors that detract from academic and athletic success are highlighted.

 

Program Objectives

To develop an understanding of how academic achievement, academic skills, and positive character attributes impact success.

To develop an understanding of those behaviors that detract from academic and athletic success.

 

Desired Outcome

To improve the likelihood of student success throughout life.