Regaining Confidence After Injury
A sports parent asks:
“How do my children stay motivated while coming back from a sports injury? They tend to play very conservatively and find it harder to work as hard or be as enthusiastic when coming back from such an injury.”
Often when your kids are coming back from injury, they are a little slow, a bit unsure, and out of rhythm. In addition, confidence has to also return
All of this can make playing less enjoyable for your kids, especially if you have children who are perfectionists or whose motivation for playing is results-oriented.
For example, you may have a young athlete whose motivation for playing is to impress and please his friends and family with his play, a common source of motivation for sports children.
His lack of consistency while coming back from an injury will undermine his motivation. For sports kids, it can be hard to improve when first coming back from an injury.
Young athletes need to work on their mental game more than their physical game, overcoming fear of failure and perfectionism and regaining confidence.
However, small failures can add up and can feel huge to recently injured players.
If your kids are struggling to stay motivated, try to understand what’s at the root of it:
- A lack of success
- A lack of progress
- Outside criticism
- Lack of confidence
- A combination of all of the above?
If your sports kids are struggling with perceived failures or mistakes, tell them it’s okay to make mistakes, and that mistakes are a necessary part of learning and improving for the future.
Encourage them to let go of mistakes and to move on. Remind them that they’ll improve more quickly if they play intuitively and just “go for it.”
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Help Young Athletes Overcome Perfectionist Challenges in Sports!
Nearly every athlete struggles with some form of perfectionism or fear of failure.
Kids who look like stars in practice will often choke up or under perform during games or competition. Other athletes expect too much of themselves—then get frustrated when they don’t meet their high expectations. Or they’re extremely hard on themselves.
In all cases, this causes young athletes to play it safe. They refuse to take the important risks that help them excel and improve their confidence. Suddenly, they’re held back by fear, indecision, and hesitation.
Learn how to help young athletes overcome the difficult cycle of perfectionism, fear of failure and loss of confidence. You can stop guessing about what to do and say to your athlete!
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You’ll start seeing changes in your young athlete’s confidence almost immediately.
Make your role as sports parent more enjoyable and easier! We tell you how to help your young athletes:
- Let go of mistakes more quickly
- Perform more freely
- Dramatically improve their performance and attitude in sports
- Stop criticizing themselves
- Accept feedback better
- Improve their confidence in sports
- Think more creatively
- Stop worrying about what others’ think
- They, too, will have more fun and reap more rewards.
“Sports Parents’ Top Dilemma: Helping Young Athletes Kick Perfectionism and Fear of Failure,” consists of two parts:
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- A 21-page kids’ sports psychology workbook that is intended to help your kids identify beliefs and expectations that are the root of perfectionism. It will also help them develop strategies to play more freely with less fear in competition.