Kids Perform Better and Stay in Sports When They Feel Confident: New Program Helps Parents and Coaches Boost Young Athletes’ Confidence

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Confidence is the Number One trait that determines whether kids enjoy sports and succeed it in, says Patrick Cohn, Ph.D. a leading sports psychology expert and co-founder of the Ultimate Sports Parent (http://www.youthsportspsychology.com). Confidence is also the trait that most influences whether young athletes stay in sports—or join the majority of kids who drop out, says Cohn, co-author of the newly released “The Confidence Sports Kid: A 7-Day Plan for Ultimate Self-Confidence.”

Confident Sports Kid CD Program

Confident Sports Kid CD

“When kids lack confidence, they doubt themselves, stop taking risks, play tentatively, and are hard on themselves. As a result, kids often lose their motivation to improve and don’t achieve their potential,” says Dr. Cohn.

Confidence is the Number One trait that determines whether kids enjoy sports and succeed it in, says Patrick Cohn, Ph.D. a leading sports psychology expert and co-founder of the Ultimate Sports Parent (http://www.youthsportspsychology.com).

Confidence is also the trait that most influences whether young athletes stay in sports—or join the majority of kids who drop out, says Cohn, co-author of the newly released “The Confidence Sports Kid: A 7-Day Plan for Ultimate Self-Confidence.”

“Seventy-five percent of young athletes drop out of sports by the time they’re 13 because they’re not enjoying it anymore,” says Dr. Cohn, who has worked with some of the top athletes in the world. “Our research shows that if kids can overcome classic confidence busters, they’ll enjoy sports more, perform better, stay in sports and reap its many physical, emotional and social benefits.”

The Confident Sports Kid,” co-authored by Cohn’s sister, award-winning parenting writer Lisa Cohn, is a step-by-step program that teaches parents and coaches how to address classic confidence challenges in sports. The program also explains how parents and coaches hurt kids’ confidence and tells them how to improve their sports parenting skills. “The Confident Sports Kid” includes a CD and workbook created specifically for kids age 8 to 18, plus a CD and manual for parents and coaches.

“When kids lack confidence, they doubt themselves, stop taking risks, play tentatively, and are hard on themselves. As a result, kids often lose their motivation to improve and don’t achieve their potential,” says Dr. Cohn.

The Confident Sports Kid” provides strategies for helping sports kids deal with:

  • High expectations (“I need to make four 3-pointers and block five shots today”)
  • Negative labels ("I'm too skinny to play football");
  • "I can't” statements ("I can't score when I play against this team").
  • Goofy beliefs ("I only score if I eat granola bars for breakfast or wear a red headband").
  • Doubt (Can I really make that shot?)
  • Worries about what everyone thinks ("Coach is going to bench me if I make a mistake. My friend Sarah is here watching and may not like how I look.")

The program is one in a series of products released by Patrick and Lisa Cohn that have received positive reviews like this one:

"Dr. Patrick Cohn and Lisa Cohn are to be congratulated! Together, they offer a wealth of knowledge, information, and practical mental tools for sports parents on the substantial "mental game" challenges and pressures facing today's young athletes."

~Marc D. Anderson, LCSW, MGCP, Mental Game Coach.

Additional testimonials about the authors' work can be found at:

http://www.youthsportspsychology.com/youth_sports_psychology_blog/?page_id=981

For more information, contact Lisa Cohn, 503-577-0504 or email cohnmerk(at)comcast(dot)net

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