Mental Conditioning for Youth Athletes

As a parent or coach, you want your young athletes to develop athletically and personally through positive sport experiences that are fun. The integration of sport psychology/mental conditioning into their practices and training can help young athletes maximize the biopsychosocial benefits of participating in sport.

Specifically, it can offer strategies for young athletes to learn skills to:

  • Perform optimally
  • Build confidence
  • Improve focus and concentration
  • Recover from mistakes
  • Manage stress, control anxiety, and maintain composure
  • Improve communication with peers, develop friendships
  • Improve communication and develop effective relationships with coach(es)
  • Talk openly with you about their sport experiences
  • Maintain motivation
  • Reduce staleness, burnout, and the likelihood of dropping out

If you are a team coach or parent of a young athlete, the link to the search engine below will help you connect with a Certified Mental Performance Consultant® (CMPC) in your area. CMPCs can work with teams as well as individual athletes to improve mental preparation and performance. CMPCs are certified by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) and an indicator of professional legitimacy.

FIND A CERTIFIED MENTAL PERFORMANCE CONSULTANT IN YOUR AREA

RESOURCES FOR COACHES

RESOURCES FOR PARENTS

YOUTH SPORT EDUCATIONAL WEBINAR

Changing the Game: Transformative Advances in Youth Sport
FREE access! To log on to the webinars at no cost, click on the link above and enter: email: info@ncys.org and invoice number: 01082018. You will not be charged a fee.

Speakers & Topics

State of Play
Tom Farrey, Director of Sports & Society, The Aspen Institute & ESPN Correspondent

The FUN MAPS: A 360° Evidence-Based Paradigm Shift
Amanda Visek, Ph.D, CMPC, The George Washington University

Advancing Physical Literacy, Long-Term Athlete Development, and Lifelong Participation in Sport and Physical Activity
Vicki Harber, Ph.D., Canadian Sport for Life

Increasing Access to Quality Youth Sport Programming Through a Collective Impact Approach
Katherine Tomaino, MPH, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA

Sport for Social Change: Increasing Positive Sport Experiences for Youth in Developing Countries
Lindsey Blom, Ed.D., CMPC, Ball State University

A Personal Asset Approach to Youth Sport
Jean Côté, Ph.D., Queen's University

ABOUT AASP

The Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) is the leading organization for sport psychology consultants and professionals who work with athletes, coaches, non-sport performers (dancers, musicians), business professionals, and tactical occupations (military, firefighters, police) to enhance their performance from a psychological standpoint.