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Emotional Support for Athletes

Supporting our Young Athletes On and Off the Field

The world of youth sports is like a strong, deeply-rooted tree; each branch supports individual leaves, connecting them to the whole. These branches – parents, coaches and teammates – are all vital to the health of the individual players and the entire organization, creating supportive conduits for nourishment, growth and success.

First, to the parents: The most important thing a parent can do for a child, other than provide food, shelter, and unconditional love, is to offer support. And that support is just as important in sports as it is in any other endeavor. Whether your son or daughter is playing the sport you excelled at in your own childhood, or a sport with which you’re completely unfamiliar (and perhaps even uninterested in), your support is critical to your child’s success and enjoyment. So how to best provide encouragement?

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