Philip Veliz in Sports Illustrated

Assistant Research Professor Philip Veliz was quoted by Sports Illustrated in a special report about heroin use among young male athletes:

Moreover, "sports that involve high levels of contact (e.g., football) tend to socialize youth to view pain, violence and risk as normative features," Veliz said, and these "may influence risky behavior both on and off the playing field. In other words, participants in contact sports learn to view their body as an instrument that can be easily gambled with, even if it would involve permanent damage."