Why Steroid Use is A Big Distraction for Sports Kids
Steroid use is a big distraction for sports kids-even if they’re not using steroids (and we hope they don’t).
Why? Kids read about top-level athletes using steroids. It’s in the news all the time. This directs their focus on the importance of winning at all costs-which is a mental game no-no.
That’s the word from Kirk Mango, national champion, Hall of Famer, and author of “Becoming A True Champion.”
“The over-focus on winning diminished the focus on developing the inside and on the mental game,” he says. It takes away focus on inner excellence and development.”
Young Athletes Should Develop From The “Inside Out”
Mango says it’s critical for young athletes to focus their efforts on developing from the inside out.
“The idea of illegal steroid use comes from looking at sports with the ‘outside in’ rather than an ‘inside out’ type of viewpoint,” he says. “Athletes who make these types of choices put huge emphasis on winning, and do so at any cost…no matter what. They break rules and harm their health. This is the example that is being set by too many athletes at the elite level, thus, setting the tone for younger athletes to do the same.”
Mango is horrified by the fact that parents bring their kids in to doctors and request steroids. “The problem here is it supports the exact opposite of what the mental game is all about,” he says.
Focusing Too Much on Winning Hurts Athletes’ Mental Game
Rather than focusing on how to win, kids need to focus more on how they think and what they think-on their mental game skills.
“With so much importance placed on the external and the outcome (winning), how can one truly develop the proper mental thought processed that encompass a big part of being successful…not only in sports but life?” he says.
Listen to Our Kids’ Sports Psychology Expert Interview
Mango has strong feelings about the importance of players learning how to develop from the inside out and is an articulate speaker about the subject. We just posted our interview with him in Kids’ Sports Psychology. Exclusive members can access it here:
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In addition to listening to Mango’s tips, exclusive members of Kids’ Sports Psychology have access to other audio interviews from experts, e-books, articles and resources designed to help kids boost their confidence and make the most of their sports experience.
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