Helping Sports Kids Overcome Pregame Anxiety
Just before a game, your kids may say they’re feeling jittery and will look distracted, over-excited and tense. They may have sweaty palms and a pounding heart.
In many cases, such feelings are pregame jitters or “butterflies” that actually.... More »
(And How You Can Help Him Answer Them)
We are thrilled to welcome pediatrician and best-selling author, Dr. Meg Meeker, to share her wisdom about the important role fathers play in a child’s life.
When I was 8 years old, my father took me to work with him on Saturday mornings to Mass General .... More »
As sports parents, we worry so much about our kids learning the correct physical technique or mechanics in their sports…but about their mental approach?
For example, what should you say to your youngster if they’re getting visibly nervous or moody before a game?
Is it okay if they develop c.... More »
When I ask my daughter what her favorite memories of her high schools sports years were, she always says the travel. She can’t tell you whether they won their competition or not, but she can tell you all about the team bonding, late night chat sessions with her teammates and the team dinners. .... More »
Manchester United’s Carrington Training Center is not only one of the finest youth soccer academies in the world. On every field, the future of the club is evident, as aspiring young players dodge, weave, pass and move the United way. At the same time, everywhere you turn you stare at history. Ima.... More »
Dr. Jarrod Spencer, a sports psychologist who runs Mind of the Athlete in Bethlehem, PA, had an interesting observation on my radio show this AM.
When I asked him what, in his opinion, was the most pressing concern in the world of sports parenting in terms of sports psychology, he surprised me when he said that he felt it was the growing reality that too many young athletes seem to be addicted to their cell phones, so much so that when they go to bed a night, they can’t seem to be able to put the phone down and get some sleep…
In my book, Sports Slump Busting, I discuss how fear closes the door on peak performance and can lock you into a slump. I present some techniques you can use to neutralize some of the paralyzing effects of fear, especially when that fear is related to a physical injury, such as getting hit by a ball, hitting the diving board, or missing a release move in gymnastics…
“Dad, am I a disappointment to you?” My son asked, choking back tears. I stopped dead in my tracks. We were walking out of a local amusement park on our way to the car. We had spent the day at the park to bond. It seems the plan backfired. I gathered myself. Inside I was
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