Overcoming Common Sports Fears in Kids

Eager anticipation. Pre-game rituals. Post-game celebrations. Many young athletes thrive within the culture of team sports, and in turn, their performance improves.

But, what about the kids who don't thrive right away? What if they love the game, but worry about skill level or injuries? What if your daughter loves practice, but struggles with game night anxiety? What if your son worries about letting his coach or parents down?

Sports come with stress, both on and off the field. Sometimes, that stress can grow into anxiety and fear, keeping kids from enjoying activities to the fullest. It might even hold your child back from trying something new or sticking with a sport through the season. Here are some tips for helping young players overcome common sports fears.

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