pressure in sports

“Trophy Son” Book Warns of Dangers of Over-Involved Parents

Youth Sports Psychology

Help Sports Kids Feel Motivated, Not Pressured A new book, “Trophy Son,” about tennis prodigy Anton Stratis, is an important warning about the dangers of being over-involved, albeit well-meaning, sports parents. The book details the world of tennis from young Anton’s point of view. “Anton has the tennis dad from … Read Sport Psychology Tip

How to Tap into Your Athletes’ Personal Motives for Sports Participation

Motivating Sports Kids

Motivating Young Athletes Without Pressuring Them In our survey of more than 3,000 sports parents, the top challenge cited by parents of young athletes is this: How can I help my kids get the most of out sports without pressuring them? In the survey, 68.7 percent of respondents named this … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Where Does Sports Kids’ Pressure Come From?

Sports Kids Pressure

Coaches & Friends, Not Parents, Pressure Sports Kids The number of kids playing team sports is dropping quickly… To understand the factors behind this drop off, Yellowbrick Treatment Program surveyed 1,000 Americans about pressure in youth sports, says Matt Zajechowski, senior content strategist for Yellowbrick. Those surveyed were people who … Read Sport Psychology Tip

How Do Parental Expectations Hurt Young Athletes?

When Athletes Worry About Being Judged

 How High Expectations Lead to Pressure in Young Athletes A recent NCAA poll of more than 21,000 current college athletes shed some interesting light on how pressured these athletes feel about making it big. The data, from NCAA’s GOALS Study of the Student-Athlete experience, and just reported in USA Today, … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Why Do Athletes Choke Under Pressure?

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Do Your Sports Kids Choke in Competition? In “Sessions with Doc,” Dr. Patrick Cohn answers your sports psychology and mental training questions about why athletes choke or under perform in competition. Visit and click on contact us to submit your question for Dr. Cohn to answer in his mental … Read Sport Psychology Tip

How Can Mindfulness Help Young Athletes?

Youth Sports Psychology

Stressors in Youth Sports Let’s face it, kids these days are under a lot of stress, and that includes young athletes. With information overload from their iPhones and iPads, the stresses of everyday life, and pressure to excel in sports, kids need to learn how to take a break and … Read Sport Psychology Tip