How To Help A Young Footballer Overcome Fear

EP 233 Episode Cover David Charlton

How To Help A Young Footballer Overcome Fear By working with David Charlton, you and your organisation will be better equipped to rise to modern day challenges and better informed to thrive on and off the pitch, course or court.  Where he inspires individuals and teams to: Cope with pressure and challenges more effectively Maintain positive …

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The Relationship Between Self Esteem, Fun and Football Performance

EP 231 Episode Cover David Charlton

The Relationship Between Self Esteem, Fun and Football Performance By working with David Charlton, you and your organisation will be better equipped to rise to modern day challenges and better informed to thrive on and off the pitch, course or court.  Where he inspires individuals and teams to: Cope with pressure and challenges more effectively Maintain …

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How To Help a Kid Who Isn’t Enjoying Their Football

EP 229 Episode Cover David Charlton

How To Help a Kid Who Isn’t Enjoying Their Football By working with David Charlton, you and your organisation will be better equipped to rise to modern day challenges and better informed to thrive on and off the pitch, course or court.  Where he inspires individuals and teams to: Cope with pressure and challenges more effectively …

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How To Help Enhance The Psychological Wellbeing Of Children In Sport #BITESIZE

EP 176 Episode Cover Camilla Knight

How To Help Enhance The Psychological Wellbeing Of Children In Sport #BITESIZE

Camilla Knight

Camilla Knight is an associate professor in sports psychology at Swansea University in Wales, United Kingdom, and she is an expert in youth sport. One of her key research interests is in understanding the role that parents play in the lives of their young athletes.

Camilla completed her BSc and MSc at Loughborough University, and her PhD at the University of Alberta in Canada. She is also the lead of the Welsh Research Advisory and Evaluation group for the Child Protection in Sport Unit, a member of the Welsh Safeguarding in Sport Strategy group, and the Youth Sport lead for the Welsh Institute of Performance Science.

In today’s episode, I share a short yet very important extract from episode 122, where Professor Camilla Knight chats to me about the wellbeing of sporting children, communication between children and parents, parental stressors, as well as touching on self-care as a parent.

Key Learning Points

  • The sporting environment will naturally shape the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of children.
  • Understanding what your child’s typical behaviours are, is really important to be aware of, as you can then start to notice when their behaviours start to change.
  • Regular conversations with children are key, understanding your child as an individual whilst not getting drawn into comparing them to others.
  • An exclusive athletic identity too early for children can be detrimental.
  • Parents have to deal with their own time and financial stressors which isn’t easy for some.
  • It’s vital to recognise that the parent-child relationship is a relationship and that it is bi-directional.

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Podcast episodes related to the youth sport experience

Ep049: James Maurice – How Does Sport Psychology in Elite Football Academies Help 

Ep082: David Charlton – Supporting Children in Sport with Positive Feedback

Ep122: Prof Camilla Knight – Helping Your Children Get The Most From Their Sporting Experiences

Ep131 David Charlton – How to Deal with Self-Criticism using Self Compassion – FINAL PART

Ep141: David Charlton – How to Help a Child Who Wants to Quit Sport

Blogs and case studies to support kids in sport

Blog 3 Tips to Help Children Enjoy Their Sport

Blog: Pre Match Tips for Parents

Blog: How does Counselling work in Professional Sport?

Blog: 5 Reasons Why Being Released from a Football Academy is Difficult

Case Study: How to Cope with Performance Anxiety in Gymnastics

Case Study: Supporting a Young Footballer to Overcome His Fears

Further resources for parents

Sports Psychology Resources for Youth Sport (Blogs, Podcasts, Video’s)

Sport Psychology for Children and Parents

Child and Youth Motivation for Sport Quiz

Parent Motivation for Sport Quiz

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David Charlton

Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

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    How To Navigate Youth Sports So That Children Enjoy The Experience More

    EP 168 Episode Cover Andrew Simpson

    Parental Support: How To Navigate Youth Sports So That Children Enjoy The Experience More

    Andrew Simpson is on a quest to help transform the youth sports industry by equipping student-athletes, parents, and coaches with tools for developing the right mindset. He integrates these mindset hacks into the hands-on coaching and training that happens in his two Maryland-based gyms.

    With a passion to help student-athletes harness the power of their mindset so they can master the thought game and manage their emotions in life and sports–he has helpful insights and relatable success stories that benefit listeners of the Demystifying Mental Toughness Podcast.

    In addition to the insights he shares, Andrew has just released his second book, ATHLETE! I’m Talking To You! 7 Mindset Hacks to Dominate in Sports and Life, which addresses athletes directly by offering real-life stories and action steps that have helped high school and college athletes alike. His first book, The Youth Truth: Coaching and Parenting in Today’s Crazy Youth Sports World, speaks to coaches and parents.

    Today’s guest, trainer, coach and author Andrew Simpson and I chat about the youth sport experience today for kids, parents and coaches.  We discuss pressures on kids, coaching and parental pressures and stressors.  We also look at parents who also coach and the difficulties involved in that role, in particular.  Common mindset traps kids fall into are also part of the conversation including the perfectionist kid who has high and unrealistic expectations of themselves and others, social comparisons and kids who carry their sporting identity so that it impacts their self-esteem.  Parents, and coaches in youth sport and teachers may find this episode helpful.

    Key Learning Points

    • Two big pressures that a lot of kids put on themselves in sports include trying to please others (coach and parents) through their performances.
    • Between 9 and 11 years old children go from focusing on the task at hand to being more aware of others and their thoughts, emotions and behaviours.
    • It is easy as a coach to lose sight of why you coach.
    • Showing kindness and compassion as a coach and parent is a helpful way to help children regulate their emotions.
    • For parents who also coach their children setting boundaries of when you’re a coach and a parent is vital.
    • Children can find it difficult to regulate their emotions in sport due to performance demands.
    • Parents can consider themselves as role models whilst standing on the sidelines.  If they get animated their children may follow suit.
    • Bribery when parenting is unhelpful in trying to promote intrinsic motivation.
    • Sports are what you do and are not who you are.

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    Relevant Podcast Episodes

    Ep154: David Charlton – How Do I Go About Controlling The Controllables To Help My Sport Performance?

    Ep145: David Charlton – How Can I Help My Children Who Suffer With Nerves Before They Compete?

    Ep141: David Charlton – How to Help a Child Who Wants to Quit Sport

    Ep122: Camilla Knight – Helping Your Children Get The Most From Their Sporting Experiences

    Ep082: David Charlton – Supporting Children in Sport with Positive Feedback

    Relevant Blogs

    Blog: Helping a Critical Child When You’re a Parent

    Blog: How to Help Children Overcome Fear of Failure

    Blog: How to Support an Angry Young Athlete

    Blog: How to Help Kids Overcome Performance Anxiety

    Blog: 9 Tips for Children from Olympians

    Relevant Resources

    Sports Psychology Resources for Youth Sport (Blogs, Podcasts, Video’s)

    Sport Psychology for Children and Parents

    Child and Youth Motivation for Sport Quiz

    Parent Motivation for Sport Quiz

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    Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and we read every single one of them!

    David Charlton

    Best Wishes 

    David Charlton

    Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

    Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly. 

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    E: [email protected]

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      What Is Sports Psychology and How It Can Help You

      What Is Sport Psychology and How It Can Help You

      What Is Sport Psychology and How It Can Help You Today’s episode #157 of Demystifying Mental Toughness is where my colleagues at Inspiring Sporting Excellence, Olivia Scott, Aditi Gandhi, Tom Short and Alexandra Harper all share what they feel Sports Psychology is and what Sports Psychology is not.  I hope you enjoy listening to their

      How Do You Help a Young Athlete Get Better Organised?

      EP 155 Episode Cover David Charlton

      How Do You Help a Young Athlete Get Better Organised?

      By working with David Charlton, you and your organisation will be better equipped to rise to modern day challenges and better informed to thrive on and off the pitch, course or court.  Where he inspires individuals and teams to:

      • Cope with pressure and challenges more effectively
      • Maintain positive mental health
      • Compete with confidence more often
      • Manage your emotions better
      • Improve your commitments levels

      David is a Mental Toughness Practitioner, as well as a Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.  He has successfully supported athletes, teams and organisations for over 10 years in order to ensure that they perform at their maximum more often.

      He has a comprehensive knowledge around the development of Mental Toughness, a plastic personality trait, which determines or limits people to deal effectively with change, challenges and stressors. In today’s climate, during the Coronavirus pandemic this quality is becoming more and more valuable to individuals, teams and organisations. 

      Avoiding procrastination and becoming better organised as a young athlete is the topic of today’s short solo episode.  In Mental Toughness term’s we’re talking about commitment and sticking to promises as well as life control and having a “can do” attitude.  These are much needed skills that many youngsters struggle with, which often means their sporting performance is harmed as well as their self-worth.  In this episode, I share 3 ideas to help parents and coaches support children to overcome these challenges.

      Key Learnings

      • Ask children to write a checklist.  Perhaps starting with “3 Things To Do Before training” or “3 things you do in your pre shot routine.”  By referring to lists on a regular basis your child’s ability to strategise tasks and organise time will improve.
      • Consider a child-friendly planner.  Purchasing their own planner will help them see that you consider their time valuable, and that being organised is important.
      • Establish training and practice routines.  Help your child put to one side an extra half hour, scheduling in at an appropriate time for “extras” on a regular basis.   Encourage your child to stick to the schedule even when they don’t feel like it or if the weather is poor.

      Connect with David Charlton

      Sign Up to Conversations with Kids

      Join David @ The Sports Psychology Hub

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      Relevant Podcast Episodes

      Ep154: David Charlton – How Do I Go About Controlling The Controllables To Help My Sport Performance?

      Ep145: David Charlton – How Can I Help My Children Who Suffer With Nerves Before They Compete?

      Ep141: David Charlton – How to Help a Child Who Wants to Quit Sport

      Ep122: Camilla Knight – Helping Your Children Get The Most From Their Sporting Experiences

      Ep082: David Charlton – Supporting Children in Sport with Positive Feedback

      Relevant Blogs

      Blog: Helping a Critical Child When You’re a Parent

      Blog: How to Help Children Overcome Fear of Failure

      Blog: How to Support an Angry Young Athlete

      Blog: How to Help Kids Overcome Performance Anxiety

      Blog: 9 Tips for Children from Olympians

      IF YOU ENJOYED TODAY'S SHOW PLEASE SHARE

      SUBSCRIBE AND LISTEN ON YOUR FAVOURITE AUDIO PLATFORM

      Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and we read every single one of them!

      David Charlton

      Best Wishes 

      David Charlton

      Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

      Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly. 

      T: +44 7734 697769

      E: [email protected]

      Search Our Sports Psychology Website

      Popular Categories

      Join Our Online Community Now!

      Mental Edge Newsletter

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        How Do I Help My Children Deal With Strong Emotions?

        EP 149 Episode Cover David Charlton

        How Do I Help My Children Deal With Strong Emotions?

        By working with David Charlton, you and your organisation will be better equipped to rise to modern day challenges and better informed to thrive on and off the pitch, course or court.  Where he inspires individuals and teams to:

        • Cope with pressure and challenges more effectively
        • Maintain positive mental health
        • Compete with confidence more often
        • Manage your emotions better
        • Improve your commitments levels

        David is a Mental Toughness Practitioner, as well as a Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist.  He has successfully supported athletes, teams and organisations for over 10 years in order to ensure that they perform at their maximum more often.

        He has a comprehensive knowledge around the development of Mental Toughness, a plastic personality trait, which determines or limits people to deal effectively with change, challenges and stressors. In today’s climate, during the Coronavirus pandemic this quality is becoming more and more valuable to individuals, teams and organisations. 

        In this short solo episode, I answer a popular question that we get asked by sporting parents – how do I help my children deal with strong emotions?

        When playing sport, children’s lives are littered with challenges and difficulties including; being dropped from squads or teams, losing form or skills, being injured and the recovery period, selection bias, being bullied, being played out of position, and dealing with making mistakes and losing, as well as many more.   I go on to share 7 suggestions for parents that you may find helpful. 

        Key Learnings

        1. Think about what you want to say. 
        2. Find a quiet moment. 
        3. Find out what they know. 
        4. Share your feelings with your child.
        5. Tell the truth. 
        6. Say “I don’t know.”
        7. Take good care of yourself

        Connect with David Charlton

        Sign Up to Conversations with Kids

        Join David @ The Sports Psychology Hub

        Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

        Relevant Podcast Episodes

        Ep074: David Charlton – How Can I Make My Child Feel Confident?

        Ep112: David Charlton – How to Deal with Physical Insecurities as a Young Athlete

        Ep122: Prof Camilla Knight – Helping Your Children Get The Most From Their Sporting Experiences

        Ep145: David Charlton – How Can I Help My Children Who Suffer With Nerves Before They Compete?

        Other Relevant Blogs and Resources

        5 Tips for Parents To Help Their Children Perform with Confidence

        Helping Young Athletes Manage Emotions

        Does Your Child Worry Too Much About What Others Think?

        My Child Can’t Find “The Zone”

        Communicating with Children in Sport

        IF YOU ENJOYED TODAY'S SHOW PLEASE SHARE

        SUBSCRIBE AND LISTEN ON YOUR FAVOURITE AUDIO PLATFORM

        Also, kindly consider taking the 60-seconds it takes to leave an honest review and rating for the podcast on iTunes, they’re extremely helpful when it comes to the ranking of the show and we read every single one of them!

        David Charlton

        Best Wishes 

        David Charlton

        Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

        Managing Director – Inspiring Sporting Excellence and Founder of The Sports Psychology Hub.  With over 10 years experience supporting athletes, coaches, parents and teams to achieve their goals, quickly. 

        T: +44 7734 697769

        E: [email protected]