How to Help Athletes Have Difficult Conversations

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How to Help Athletes Have Difficult Conversations

By TrueSport
Whether you’re a child or an adult, a coach or a parent, a teammate or a team leader, difficult conversations are never easy. Having frank discussions that feel confrontational can be intimidating and emotionally taxing at any age, but fortunately, there are ways to improve your athlete’s ability to handle difficult conversations with teammates, coaches, and parents.

Would a Mentor Put Your Athlete on the Fast Track? (PDF)

By David Benzel
If you are a sports Mom or Dad trying to set your athlete up for success, you might have pondered these questions. In fact, wondering if you are “doing all that you can,” is par for the course.

Video: How Confidence is Lost and Found

Your child’s swagger is based on specific beliefs. You can help build self-confidence if you’re reinforcing real progress. All praise should be specific, pointing out a behavior you truly believe is worthy of reinforcing. It’s important not to make up stuff.

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Share these inspiring strategies with your children to help them cope with the ups and downs of daily life. Be sure to review the attached “Handout” that includes exercises to benefit your whole family.

5 Activities to Build Resilience in Youth Athletes

By TrueSport
One of the many outcomes of the COVID-19 pandemic was that young athletes had to become resilient. No matter how much we may want to shield children from the harsh realities of cancelled seasons, lockdowns, and quarantines, every child experienced some kind of loss or hardship during the pandemic.

Video: Choose Optimism

Share these inspiring strategies with your children to help them cope with the ups and downs of daily life. Be sure to review the attached “Handout” that includes exercises to benefit your whole family.

How To Set Athletic Goals in Uncertain Times

By TrueSport
Despite canceled or modified sport seasons, your athletes still need goals to stay motivated so that they can come back stronger and better than ever when sports return. In fact, goals are critical to a healthy mindset and can help keep kids on track during this tough time.

5 Easy Ways for Young Athletes to Practice Gratitude

By TrueSport
Practicing gratitude has been a trending topic amongst mental health and wellness experts in recent years, and for good reason: This simple shift in thinking can lead to big change.

When Life Isn’t Fair, What Should We Teach Our Athletes? (PDF)

By David Benzel
Life is NOT always fair. And when we believe that life is fair, or that it should be, our expectations war against the reality.

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