Does Specialising on One Sport Hinder a Child’s Development? – Part 2

Does Specialising on One Sport Hinder a Child’s Development – Part 2

Youth Sports Psychology Tips: Does Specialising on One Sport Hinder a Child’s Development? – Part 2 Sport can have many benefits psychologically for children Do you ever ask yourself the question as a parent – why does my child or children play sport? It’s so easy to forget to ask yourself such a simple question, …

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Does Specialising on One Sport Hinder a Child’s Development? – Part 1

Does Specialising on One Sport Hinder a Child’s Development - Part 1

Youth Sports Psychology Tips: Does Specialising on One Sport Hinder a Child’s Development? – Part 1 Many youngsters commit to one sport at an early age at a cost This blog is directed towards the parents of young athletes that play GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) however, it’s also applicable to all parents who facilitate sporting …

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Help Your Children Gain Self-Confidence

Pre match tips for parents

Youth Sports Psychology Tips: How To Help Your Children Gain Self-Confidence Many children struggle with a lack of confidence which prevents them reaching from their potential In the last few months when carrying out parental support workshops, a number of parents have asked me the question what can I do to make my child feel …

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How to Handle Losing Your Skills in Gymnastics

How to Handle Losing Your Skills in Gymnastics

Gymnastics Psychology Tips: How to Handle Losing Your Skills in Gymnastics Is this very common problem an issue for you? Gymnastics is a constant ebb and flow for gymnasts. One second everything seems perfect and the next it all comes crashing down. It could a bad competition, bad training or sudden block a gymnast faces …

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Case Study: How to Cope with Performance Anxiety in Gymnastics

How to Cope with Performance Anxiety in Gymnastics

Gymnastics Psychology Tips: How to Cope with Performance Anxiety in Gymnastics Dealing with nerves when competing is a common challenge that we support gymnasts with. The Client: Ellie was 8 years old and a very promising gymnast.  She was on the elite pathway, training 20 to 24 hours per week.  She was a very determined …

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How to Overcome Psychological Blocks in Gymnastics

Gymnastics Psychology Tips: How to Overcome Psychological Blocks in Gymnastics With the right adjustments psychological blocks can be beaten Gymnastics is a sport that tests many abilities such as balance, flexibility, strength and the execution of acrobatics movements.  It is a very challenging sport, with gymnasts often coming up against significant psychological blocks.  These difficulties …

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How to Help Children Overcome Fear of Failure

Youth Sports Psychology Tips: How to Help Children Overcome Fear of Failure Does your child struggle to free themselves up when competing? In sport, the messages that children often get from coaches and parents include: “You must put in maximum effort.” “You can try harder, I saw you give up when……” “Keep going even when …

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Case Study: Supporting a Young Footballer to Overcome His Fears

Soccer Psychology Tips: Case Study -Supporting a Young Footballer to Overcome His Fears This example represents a very common challenge we help solve The Client: A 12 year old footballer who has taken part in a series of unsuccessful trials at professional football academies. The Challenge: The client was a talented attacking player, who was …

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How do I Help my Child to Focus in Sports?

Why Does my Son or Daughter lose Focus when Competing

Youth Sports Psychology Tips: How do I Help my Child to Focus in Sports? Concentration can be very difficult for many children “Come on son, concentrate”, “The game is passing you by”, “What are you doing?” are phrases used by sport parents and coaches frequently. How often do you here this or something similar? Often!! …

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How to Support an Angry Young Athlete

Youth Sports Psychology Tips: How to Support an Angry Young Athlete Anger is generally viewed negatively BUT… When we’re young, as children we often bite, push, shove, hit, kick and throw things in a rage.  They’re normal behaviours that simply come with the territory of being a young child or infant.  This is often the …

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