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When Young Athletes Struggle With Self-Doubt

When Young Athletes Struggle With Self-Doubt

Helping Young Athletes Overcome Negative Beliefs It’s common for young athletes to struggle with doubt and negative thoughts about their performance. They tell themselves that: This type of negative self-talk can be detrimental to your young athletes, and if it isn’t addressed, can lead to mental-game challenges. With each negative … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Sports Parents: Do Your Kids Want Your Approval?

Pressure in Sports Kids

Pressure And Social Approval Often, young athletes worry too much about what teammates, parents, coaches and friends think about how they’re performing on the court, field or course. When they seek others’ approval of their performance and abilities, and then don’t do well, they can feel inadequate. They might pressure … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Coach Communication With Parents And Athletes

Coach Communication

How Coaches Influence Parents And Athletes A coach asks: “How does a coach influence the parents and players to be committed to a process that requires investment in effort, time and money before results are ‘seen’?” Good question… In our fast-paced lives, kids and parents often expect results right away … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Help Young Athletes Focus on The Process Before a Game

Pregame Mental Preparation

Helping Sports Kids’ Focus Before Games Just before a game, young athletes need to focus on what’s going on right now—not on the past or future. That means they need to learn how to avoid concentrating on what others think of them, on the score or win or other outcomes. … Read Sport Psychology Tip

How To Overcome Perfectionism In Sports

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Managing Perfectionism in Sports Kids In “Sessions with Doc,” Dr. Patrick Cohn answers your sports psychology and mental training questions about managing perfectionism in athletes. Visit and click on contact us to submit your question for Dr. Cohn to answer in his mental game videocast or podcast. Here’s the … Read Sport Psychology Tip