How to Help Young Athletes Enjoy Sports
Many athletes limit their performance due to anxiety, tension, worry, and fear.
Sports are supposed to be fun, not stressful for your athletes, right?
Parents and coaches, we can help you identify when sports kids are suffering from anxiety–and determine how to help them.
First of all, how do you recognize your kids suffer from anxiety that affects their sports performance?
Kids who are suddenly reluctant to play, who used to enjoy sports but don’t anymore, or who complain of headaches and stomachaches might be suffering from anxiety.
Some kids may look scared playing sports; they play too safe or tentatively. They might look highly distracted.
A clear sign of anxiety or worry is when kids play well in practice, but them shut down and look like different athletes in competition.
If you think your athlete is fearful or anxious about competition, you want to find out what the source of fear is.
Start by talking with your athlete and show that you understand. You might ask, “You look worried on the field, what’s so stressful about playing sports?”
You can explore these questions with them:
*Are you worried about making mistakes?
*Are you concerned with what your teammates think about you?
*Are you worried about letting down the coach?
*Are you worried about disappointing us if you don’t do well?
*Are you concerned about losing and what might happen?
You might be able to see a change in your athletes demeanor in competition, but not know what’s going on in their heads.
And sometimes kids don’t know the real source of their apprehension. They just know they feel tight and awkward and don’t understand it themselves.
Telling your athletes to take a few deep breaths might help calm them, but this might be just a band aid to what they are feeling.
If they try to avoid mistakes, losing, or embarrassment, ask them to focus on being a kid and playing with friends–they need to stay in the moment and get into a child-like mindset.
If they worry about letting down others, you want them to know you and the coach support and love them no matter how well they perform.
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!
Our program: “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 you can start implementing today.
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
- Accept feedback better
- Stop criticizing themselves
- Perform more freely
- Think more creatively
- Stop worrying about what others’ think
- Dramatically improve their performance and attitude in sports
- Improve their confidence in sports
- 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:
- A 23-page e-book that identifies the challenge, explains why it is harmful to young athletes (but also very common), and gives in-depth, step-by-step “sports psychology” tips for helping kids. Download this instantly!
- 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.