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  • Writer's pictureAlyssa Zajdel, PhD

How Do You Support Your Teen Athlete Working with a Sport Psychologist?

Many parents are unsure of their role when their teen is working with a sport psychology. Here are some ways you can support them:

 

Encourage Open Communication

Talk to your teen about their experiences with the sport psychologist. Encourage open and casual conversations about their sessions. Show interest but avoid pressuring them to share more than they're comfortable with.

 

Respect Their Autonomy

Teens value their independence. Respect their autonomy in their sessions. Let them take the lead in discussing their athletic concerns and progress with you.

 

Normalize the Experience

Discuss the role of a sport psychologist in a positive light. Normalize seeking mental guidance for enhancing sports performance. This can help reduce any stigma your teen might perceive.

 

Be Supportive

Acknowledge their efforts and commitment to improving their mental game. Celebrate their progress and offer unwavering support. Knowing they have your backing can bolster their confidence.

 

Encourage Application of Strategies

Help your teen implement strategies suggested by the sport psychologist into their routine. Encourage them to apply the skills they've learned in their training and competitions.

 

Model Resilience

Demonstrate resilience and a positive attitude towards setbacks. Show your teen how to bounce back from challenges, emphasizing that setbacks are a part of growth.

 

Emphasize Balance

Support your teen in maintaining a balance between sports and other aspects of their life. Help them understand that mental well-being is crucial on and off the field.

 

Avoid Over-Emphasizing Performance

While supporting their athletic growth is essential, avoid overemphasizing performance. Focus on the joy of the sport and the value of personal improvement.

 

Seek Guidance When Necessary

If you're unsure about how to best support your teen athlete working with a sport psychologist, consider reaching out to the psychologist for guidance. They can offer insights into creating a supportive environment at home.

 

Be Their Cheerleader

Show consistent support and encouragement. Let your teen know you're there for them, cheering them on every step of the way.

 

Supporting a teen athlete while they are working with a sport psychologist involves fostering a nurturing environment that encourages growth, respecting their autonomy, and showing consistent support.

 

Remember, your role is to be a stable and encouraging presence in their journey towards mental fortitude and athletic excellence.

 

Is your teen ready to start working on their mental skills? If so, use the link below to get started.

 


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