Mental Training For Young Athletes
A parent tells us that it’s hard convincing her 15-year-old daughter that she could benefit from mental training—specifically some of the materials on our website.
The teen doesn’t believe in the value of efforts to boost her mental game.
It’s common for sports kids to avoid mental training or poo-poo it because they don’t believe in it. They embrace a lot of myths about mental training. Here’s just one:
MYTH #1: “I don’t need to improve my mental toughness – I’m already mentally tough.”
Parents often complain to us when kids have this attitude.
Even kids who are mentally tough can find ways to improve their game.
If your athletes use this as a reason for avoiding training, gently focus on some of the challenges that might indicate a need to embrace mental game training.
–Do they excel in practice, but freeze up during games?
–Do they get distracted by the sound of the crowd cheering?
–Do they worry about what others think of them?
–Do they feel bad after a loss or poor performance for longer than one hour?
If so, mental training could enhance their game.
MYTH #2: “I am playing well right now. I don’t want a mental coach to mess up my momentum.”
If your kids say they’re playing so well they don’t want to lose their momentum, be sure to tell them it’s time to take a step back and identify the thoughts and feelings that help them play well – so they can harness them at a later date.
If they can better understand what’s making them so successful, they’ll be better able to recreate those thoughts and feelings in other competitive situations. They’ll also be able to recreate them when they lose momentum.
Using this strategy, they’ll achieve peak performance more often.
Want to learn more about how to encourage kids to embrace mental training?
At Kids’ Sports Psychology, exclusive members can download an e-book, “Help Kids Embrace Mental Training,” here:
Help Young Athletes Embrace Mental Training
Exclusive members also have access to additional e-books, articles, videos, audios and much more!
What do parents say about our resources?
“I’ve always heard and read that we need to be positive with our young athletes. However, this program provides great value because it gives specific ‘how to’s’ with regards as to how to be positive as a parent as well as how to get your young athletes to think positive.”
~Jay Morrissey Sr., sports parent
Help your young athletes benefit from mental training and enjoy sports more!
P.S. Want to learn how to de-bunk all the myths sports kids embrace about mental training? Exclusive members of Kids’ Sports Psychology can download our e-book here:
Help Young Athletes Embrace Mental Training
Help Your Young Athletes Overcome Self-Doubt In Sports!
The Confident Sports Kid helps young athletes improve confidence quickly and overcome common confidence killers that destroy motivation and fun in sports!
This is a 7-day program for sports parents and kids to boost young athletes’ performance, happiness and success… in sports and life!
The Confident Sports Kid program is actually two programs: one that teaches sports parents how to boost their kids’ confidence, and another that teaches young athletes age 8 to 12 how to improve their self talk, avoid negative thinking, overcome expectations that limit confidence, and much more.
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Help Young Athletes Overcome Perfectionist Challenges in Sports!
Sports Parents’ Top Dilemma: Helping Young Athletes Kick Perfectionism And Fear of Failure will walk you through the problem and arm you with practical solutions.
The Sports Parents’ Top Dilemma is a two part program. It includes:
- A 23 page E-book that identifies the challenge, explains why it is harmful to young athletes and gives step-by-stop sports psychology tips for helping kids.
- A 21 page kids’ sports psychology workbook that is intended to help you kids identify beliefs and expectations that are the root of perfectionism.
Now you can learn how to help young athletes overcome the difficult cycle of perfectionism, fear of failure and loss of confidence!
What are parents saying?
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