Sweetpeach Posted January 31, 2012 Share Posted January 31, 2012 (edited) Hello Hive, I have a few questions for those of you who are parenting high-performance athletes. At what age did your child start to need mental training, so they could figure out ways to harness their race-day energy/nerves and channel that into performance? (I'm asking b/c I shared coffee this morning with an experienced paddling mama who was telling me all about "muscle memory" and race-day strategies that her daughter used to become a successful, nationally-ranked paddler. It got me thinking about the mental edge of competing.) Was this coaching based on "age" or "level of competition?" Have any of you sought professional sport psychology coaching? Would you consider sharing the experience with me, from a parenting pov? What are the best resources you've come across for unpackaging the mental aspects of training and racing? Do you have specific authors or bloggers who you follow? Do you know of resources aimed at the younger crowd? I'm thinking parents of swimmers, gymnasts, tennis players, paddlers -- kids that have to learn how to perform under high individual pressure. I'd like to be able to start building some common language in our home around training, performing, pressure, adrenalin . . . so they can start to recognize or become aware of the mental slice of their athletic pursuits. Would you consider private messaging me if you have thoughts or experience about this? Warmly, Tricia Edited January 31, 2012 by Sweetpeach Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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