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Do Your Athletes Have a Plan?

coaching ltad youth sport Jan 02, 2018

Preparing a Competition Plan for Youth Athletes – Make It Interactive!

"If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my axe." – Abraham Lincoln

Working with youth athletes is one of my favorite aspects in my role as a Sport Psychology Consultant. They are viscerally full of energy, extremely creative, and passionate about the simple aspects of sport. I see these traits as motivational and this engagement is an opportunity to translate their ambition into both training and competition.

Youth are exposed to a psychologically demanding environment unique to sport (Rowland, 1997) and each sport requires a different level of preparation and training (Watson, Blanksby, & Bloomfield, 1986).  Despite the challenges youth face, Weiss and Gould (1984) proposed that youth should be prepared to cope with the demands of competitive sport. Within our roles as coaches, sport psychology consultants and parents, we recognize that we are influential to...

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