anxiety in youth sports

How Sports Parents Can Help Kids Relax

Anxiety for Young Athletes

Teach Athletes Strategies to Control Their Thinking Are your sports kids anxious during stressful moments while they’re competing? Are they generally anxious as athletes? Why do so many athletes feel anxious during competitions? Two issues contribute to anxiety in sports. First, young athletes label themselves as anxious. When this happens, … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Help Sports Kids Stay Active During COVID-19

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Keep Confidence Up, Even in a Pandemic When kids’ sports schedules are interrupted or stopped altogether–which is true for many young athletes right now, due to the pandemic–they can feel anxious. Injuries, illnesses, inclement weather, facility shutdowns and vacations are some of the other circumstances that can disrupt athletes’ training … Read Sport Psychology Tip

How to Help Young Athletes with Mental Health During COVID-19

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Help Kids Cope with Uncertainty It’s tough for sports kids during the COVID-19 crisis. Either they aren’t playing sports at all–or if they are, they’re worried about their sports being canceled due to COVID-19. Such uncertainty creates anxiety in sports kids, says Rebekah Roulier, director of the Champions Network and … Read Sport Psychology Tip

Signs of Performance Anxiety in Young Athletes

Young Athletes Performance Anxiety

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 … Read Sport Psychology Tip

How to Turn Pregame Jitters into a Positive

How to Turn Pregame Jitters into a Positive

Do Your Athletes Have Pre-Game Jitters or Anxiety? A sports parent asks: “My sports kid gets especially nervous before some games and seems to kind of psych himself out before the game even starts! Is there anything I can do?” Pregame jitters are a common source of anxiety for players. … Read Sport Psychology Tip

5 Mental Strategies Of A Pregame Routine

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Pregame Mental Game Strategies In “Sessions with Doc,” Dr. Patrick Cohn answers your sports psychology and mental training questions about 5 mental strategies of a pregame routine. Visit and click on contact us to submit your question for Dr. Cohn to answer in his mental game videocast or podcast. … Read Sport Psychology Tip