Why Do Athletes Choke Under Pressure?

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.

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In this week’s Session With Doc, Dr. Cohn answers a question about why athletes choke in competition:

DR. COHN: “Do you have trouble taking your practice game to competition and underperform in competition compared to what you show in your practice on a daily basis? I’m Dr. Patrick Cohn with Peak Performance Sports at peaksports.com.”

“In this video, I’m going to talk about exactly why athletes perform better in practice than they do in competition. You’re watching “Sessions With Doc,” unrehearsed and unscripted answers to your mental game questions.”

DR. COHN: “Here’s the question I received from Lonnie. He said:

‘I’m a bit curious about what’s holding me back from performing as well as I do during training compared to competition. My coaches work with me and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s mental because physically I’m in good shape for the sport and I have the skills and the ability to be great. I think it’s about fear of letting others down. What do you think Dr. Cohn?'”

Watch the video below to hear what Dr. Cohn has to say to Lonnie about his mental game.

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The Composed Sports Kid

“The Composed Sports Kid” audio and workbook digital download program for young athletes and their parents or coach helps kids cope with frustration and anger in sports. Help your sports kids learn how to manage expectations and let go of mistakes so they can keep their head in the game. 

The Composed Sports Kid system is really two programs in one–one program to train parents and coaches how to help their kids practice composure, and one program that teaches young athletes–ages 6 to 13–how to improve composure, let go of mistakes quickly, have more self-acceptance, and thus enjoy sports more

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