10 Ways to Calm Nerves Before a Big Game

Nervousness. That queasy feeling deep down in your stomach, if you let it, can completely knock you off your game.

Young athletes are constantly under pressure, whether it’s to win a big game, make their parents proud or impress a coach. That pressure, and the anxiety it can bring, can make a kid too nervous to perform at their best. It’s important to teach kids how to understand and manage their emotions before big moments, so they can attack challenges with confidence and let their skills shine through.

Several strategies can help calm your young athlete’s nerves before a big game. Try one or try them all to see which one’s right for your kid.

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Nikki Chavanelle is one of ACTIVE's Fitness and Nutrition editors. As a former intramural rock star at SMU and current sports junkie, Nikki claims she peaked in college. Follow Nikki on Twitter for fitness and sports chatter.
Nikki Chavanelle is one of ACTIVE's Fitness and Nutrition editors. As a former intramural rock star at SMU and current sports junkie, Nikki claims she peaked in college. Follow Nikki on Twitter for fitness and sports chatter.

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