For Parents | Center for Sport Psychology and Athlete Mental Health

For Parents

As a parent, you want to see your children have fun and improve their skills in whatever sport they have chosen to play. But the longer your children are involved in sport and the more advanced they become, the pressure to win, play on select teams, and chase financial dreams can take over and overwhelm them. Whether your children are just starting out and playing in youth leagues, have made a select team as an adolescent, have received a college athletic scholarship, or are competing at the elite/professional level, you will have a tremendous influence on how they experience sport. Thus, we provide a wide range of FREE sport psychology resources that can help you create the most positive environment for your children as they become involved in and advance through sport.

As a parent, you will play an influential role in your children's involvement in sports. Often, you are the primary reason they become interested in participating and why they continue over time.

Covering issues ranging from mental toughness, to preparing for the big competition, to successfully managing stress, to interviews with elite athletes and professional sport psychologists, each newsletter provides 2-4 articles on important and relevant sport psychology topics.

In addition to the more comprehensive coverage of sport psychology topics offered in our newsletter, our Performance Notes provide specific suggestions for handling a wide range of issues that athletes and coaches may experience, including: coaching under pressure, handling athlete emotions, and choosing a sport psychologist, just to name a few.

Quotes from famous athletes, coaches, professionals, and historical figures can serve as a source of inspiration. They can motivate you, help elevate performances, or illustrate an important point. Here we provide you with quotes that you may find useful and enjoyable.