Addressing Anxiety, Mistakes and Low Confidence in Youth Sports

Performance anxiety, mistakes and low confidence are some of the top challenges for girls who play volleyball–challenges that help them learn important lessons in life, said Leah Jantzen, a former Ironman and marathon runner who is now a mental health and performance coach at Ward Melville High School, Long Island.

Jantzen, who coaches girls’ high school volleyball, was a recent guest on our Ultimate Sports Parent podcast, and provided tips for overcoming these mental game challenges and making the most of sports.

To help the girls with these issues, Jantzen stresses the importance of setting intentions instead of going through the motions of playing sports.

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