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

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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