Is Your Student Athlete Overscheduled this Summer?

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Is Your Student Athlete Overscheduled this Summer?

By TrueSport
Is your athlete juggling a summer job, training camps, off-season competitions, summer classes, volunteer hours, and maybe some down time with friends? It’s easy for young athletes to end up over-extended in the summer, and while a packed schedule isn’t necessarily a bad thing, not every athlete is equipped to handle such a heavy load.

What TO Do When Helping Athletes Develop Positive Body Image

By TrueSport
When it comes to helping young athletes develop positive body image, coaches and parents are constantly struggling. Fortunately, there are a few simple things to keep in mind when it comes to fostering healthy body image in athletes and following these rules of thumb can help you navigate the murky waters of discussions around body image and sport.

8 Simple Ways to Appreciate Your Body Every Day

By TrueSport
If you’re having a hard time adopting a positive body image, you’re not alone. It can be hard for student-athletes to find the balance between striving for progress in their sport and accepting and appreciating their bodies just as they are.

Why and How Athletes Can Have Tough Talks with their Coaches

By TrueSport
Having a tough talk with your coach doesn’t have to be a stressful, scary thing. Whether you want advice on how to get more playing time or you’re having a hard time with a teammate, these conversations might feel like a train wreck in the making, but they can go smoothly with a little thought and preparation.

How Parents Can Manage their Own Sport Anxiety

By TrueSport
If you’re an athlete’s parent or guardian, you likely feel the same pre-competition nerves and jitters that your athlete does. You may notice that in the minute before the competition starts, your heart beats just a bit faster, or you struggle to sleep soundly the night before Nationals. That’s normal, but your anxiety can unfortunately have negative impacts on your young athlete if you don’t find ways to regulate it.

How to Cope with Disappoints in Sport

By TrueSport
Maybe you’ve heard your coach tell you to ‘walk it off’ or ‘shake it off’ when something went wrong during a game, or you lost a critical competition. While that advice is usually coming from a well-intentioned place, unfortunately, it makes many athletes feel like it’s not right to feel sad, mad, or disappointed.

Is My Young Athlete Mentally Well? When and How to Intervene

By TrueSport
Coaches and parents should be on the lookout for signs that an athlete’s mental health is suffering, and while they may not be equipped to help the athlete, guardians can help connect an athlete with the right professionals.

How to Ask DEI Questions that Lead to Healthy Conversations

By TrueSport
Bringing up topics like race, gender, sexuality, religion, or class can be intimidating and uncomfortable as a coach. But in many cases, staying silent on those topics can alienate athletes on your team, and make them feel as though they aren’t being understood. These conversations can be difficult, but they’re critical.

Our Words Matter: How to Be an Ally in Sport

By TrueSport
Being an ally for your teammates doesn’t just mean posting on social media in support of a cause. It means standing up for them in tough situations, even when it’s uncomfortable. In sport and in school, this can be difficult. It can feel unpopular. But it’s the right thing to do.

Help Your Child Develop a Love for Sports (PDF)

By David Benzel
Although there are never any guarantees when it comes to our kid’s choices, there are some things you can do, to give your child the best chance of having a good sports experience.