Sports Psychology for Kids

How Sports Kids Can Overcome Pandemic Anxiety

adversity in young athletes

Positive Actions Empower Young Athletes What kinds of adversity have your sports kids encountered? Perhaps they have experienced an injury or long-term sickness. Maybe they were cut from a team or benched by their coach. They could have bombed a big competition or missed the playoffs. They could also experience … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Help Sports Kids Face Unexpected Challenges

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How to Be Mentally Prepared for Adversity Do your sports kids embrace unexpected challenges, seeing them as a way to discover new ways to keep moving forward? Or do these challenges dissuade them from reaching their athletic goals? Kids need to expect the unexpected. In fact, they should prepare for … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Helping Young Athletes to Play Functionally

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How to Help Perfectionist Young Athletes Many top athletes say that they’re perfectionists. When they say this, sports kids may assume that perfectionism will help them attain their full potential. While perfectionism has advantages, it can actually prevent young athletes from reaching their potential. While perfectionists show up for practice … Read Sport Psychology Tip

“Be All In” with Christie Pearce Rampone

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Sports Specialization is Not Always a Good Thing Christie Pearce Rampone, a two-time Women’s World Cup champion, three-time Olympic gold medalist, and former captain of the US Women’s National Soccer Team teamed up with sports neuropsychologist and brain health expert Dr. Kristine Keane to provide tips to sports parents. The … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Overcome Pre-Competition Nerves

Helping Young Athletes Focus

Do Your Sports Kids Get Nervous About Competing? Some young athletes believe they can’t be successful if they’re nervous. But this isn’t always true. Those who get nervous believe there’s nothing they can do to control these feelings. As a result, they often perform tentatively and don’t do well. They … Read Sport Psychology Tip