Every athlete likes to snack…do you know what the best nutritional snacks for athletes are? If you really want to help your athlete play his or her best, you have to help them choose the right fuel they put into their bodies. I’m no food expert, so I asked for help on the best nutrition.... More »
Having kids in sports does not automatically turn you into a stressed out sports parent. In fact, I’ve known many parents who know how to enjoy the experience without letting it turn them into crazed moms and dads. Families with multiple kids playing multiple sports are more prone to the stres.... More »
Fear can often become a catalyst that propels athletes into a slump and keeps them stuck there. The batter in a slump is afraid of not getting a hit. The gymnast stuck on a back hand-spring is afraid of moving backward. The swimmer who seems to “die” at the end of all he.... More »
In an ideal season, parents and coaches work together; sports parents feel supported by the coach and the coach feels supported by the parents. Everyone–players, coaches and parents–benefit from a unified effort. However, we know that a parent-coach partnership can sometimes be a myth an.... More »
This post is sponsored by Ertheo, an organization that helps parents find opportunities to help their children grow, focusing on great summer camp experiences. There are millions of sports parents in the world today, but how many of could actually be described as great sports parents? .... More »
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…
Eliminate this from your game day, and I think you’ll enjoy the game a whole bunch more. As a sports parent who is trying to give your child a positive youth sports experience, are you running into any of these problems? Over-involved, pushy sports parents. Your child is disappointed with his playing time…
A Guest Post from Julie Sams, MA, LPC
Anxiety stems from your child’s reaction to stress, and according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America affects one in every 8th child. From the child who is deeply afraid of bees to the child who will not leave their home out of fear, anxiety is a real condition that can be debilitating…