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Ultimate Sports Parent Radio (www.youthsportspsychology .com), which aims to instill confidence and success in child and teen athletes, interviews coaches, parents, authors, professors and others about how to identify and overcome mental game challenges in sports. Hosted by Lisa Cohn. co-founder of the Ultimate Sports Parent and Kids' Sports Psychology.
 
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Kids can learn a number of “superpowers” by participating in sports--traits such as courage, resilience and character.That’s the message from Beth Brown, an educator with a Ph.D in sports psychology and the author of the children’s book series, “Adventures with Divot and Swish.” She’s also a former member of the University of Oklahoma basketball te…
 
Do you start off strong but get the yips on the back nine? In this week's golf psychology session, mental game of golf expert and author of The Mental Game of Golf, Dr. Cohn, responds to a question from Kim who had this to say about his game: "Last week I practiced your drills for the yips the day before playing in the weekly comp. I started off wi…
 
In this week's podcast, Dr. Cohn interviews long-time friend, Dr. Bob Winters, an internationally renowned mental coach, Author and professional speaker. Known as “Dr. Bob”, he helps world-class athletes, collegiate players and teams, juniors, and individuals attain confidence and achieve new levels of athletic and business excellence. Dr. Patrick …
 
Jack Canfield, co-creator of the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" series, peak performance expert and author of the new kids' book "I Can Believe in Myself" tells how to turn kids' "I can't" beliefs into "I can." He gives tips for helping kids step out of their comfort zone and explains how this helps them build confidence and learn life lessons. The fa…
 
Do you play better golf when playing alone versus playing with others? In this week's golf psychology session, mental game of golf expert and author of The Mental Game of Golf, Dr. Cohn, responds to a question from Chris who had this to say about his game: "My game is much better playing by myself and falls apart when I play with others, especially…
 
In this week's podcast, Dr. Cohn interviews long-time friend, Dr. Bob Winters, an internationally renowned mental coach, Author and professional speaker. Known as “Dr. Bob”, he helps world-class athletes, collegiate players and teams, juniors, and individuals attain confidence and achieve new levels of athletic and business excellence. Dr. Patrick …
 
In this week's podcast, Dr. Cohn interviews Dr. John Yeager about how coaches can improve team dynamics by understanding how to improve atheltes' Confidence, Hope, Optimism, and Team resilience. Dr. Yeager abd Dr. Cohn discuss about how athletes can build resilience in sports. The Coaching Zone Book emphasizes the importance of “coach self- managem…
 
Emotional contagion can run wild in youth sports teams, says Jess Woods, Ph.D, a sport and performance consultant, sports parent and youth sports coach. She explains how kids can "catch" emotions from parents, coaches and teammates, and how this can hurt--or help--a team's performance and perspective. She gives parents and coaches tips for helping …
 
Do you have the putting yips and they are now effecting your chipping? In this week's golf psychology session, mental game of golf expert and author of The Mental Game of Golf, Dr. Cohn, responds to a question from Ryan who had this to say about his game: "I have the yips… and now it’s gone into my chipping - the same - jerk like reaction - even in…
 
Resilience is an important trait for kids in sports. It helps them bounce back after losses, injuries and other types of adversity. Psychologist Kathryn Den Houter, author of Resilience: A Workbook: Powering Through Adversity to Find Happiness describes how parents can help kids be resilient and flexible. Dr. Den Houter is a former sports mom to a …
 
Do you get so anxious you lose the fun in golf? In this week's golf psychology podcast, Mental Game of Golf expert, Dr. Cohn, interviews Evan Singer and Matt Cermak on their experience with the mental game as golfers and podcast hosts: Listen to the podcast now to learn more about how to perform your best when winning a tournament. How should your …
 
What's it like for a teen athlete to play sports, especially during the COVID-19 crisis? Deacon Clark is a high schooler who runs track and plays basketball. He discusses identity issues related to being an athlete, sports kids who aren't team players and what it was like feeling pressured to play basketball when he was injured. He described playin…
 
Why is it so important for young athletes to seek a balanced life, rather than focusing exclusively on sports? Hernan Chousa, a former tennis pro and sports dad to a Division 1 athlete, says that kids who lack balance will burn out more quickly and experience other challenges. Chousa will talk about parents in sports during a presentation at "The W…
 
It’s important to build teams that focus on inclusion, which will boost all players’ confidence and success, says Nadine Haruni, a lawyer and author of “Freeda the Frog and Her New Blue Family.” She gives tips to help teams create inclusiveness and empathy for kids of color, as well as kids in non-traditional families. As a mother in a blended fami…
 
Are you or your athletes struggling to get to the next level of play? Many times, an athletes' mental game is preventing them from outpacing other players with equal physical abilities. In this week's podcast, Dr. Cohn speaks with Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, a former professional tennis player who now is the director of a health and wellness nonprofit…
 
Are you or your athletes struggling to get to the next level of play? Many times, an athletes' mental game is preventing them from outpacing other players with equal physical abilities. In this week's podcast, Dr. Cohn speaks with Brenda Schultz-McCarthy, a former professional tennis player who now is the director of a health and wellness nonprofit…
 
Do you or your athletes tend to worry too much about what others think of your performance? As mental game experts, we know that athletes often get preoccupied with what we have termed "outcome thinking," and tend to play too safely or cautiously as a result. While it is good to want to be a successful player, when athletes get too wrapped up in be…
 
For Cami Hawkins, CEO of Marathon Kids, which provides resources for schools to start running clubs, motivating kids is all about setting small goals and celebrating success.Hawkins describes how the organization’s coaches set goals that are specific to kids’ interests and abilities. They also celebrate participants’ successes…
 
Do you or your athletes struggle to stay composed in tennis matches? Many tennis players find it difficult to stay positive and composed after failing to meet their own expectations in tennis matches. These players let their personal should’s and shouldn’ts undermine their ability to stay calm and control their frustration. Listen to the podcast to…
 
Are you an athlete who struggles to maintain a healthy balance between your daily life and your role as an athlete? Many athletes feel a lot of pressure to reach high achievements in their sport and, as a result, lack a healthy balance between their sport and other hobbies that they enjoy. When there is too much pressure on sports, many athletes be…
 
Kids and teens are getting sick from lack of exercise and outdoor play, says Dr. Dan O'Neill, an orthopedic surgeon, sports psychologist and author of "Survival of the Fit." Screen time and processed foods are the culprit. Twenty percent of kids are obese and many of them are suffering from ailments like diabetes, pre-diabetes, high blood pressure …
 
Are you an athlete who struggles with fear of failure in competition? Many athletes spend too much time dwelling on their mistakes, feeling that past mistakes define their future play. When too much pressure is placed on winning, rather than on improvement, sports can start feeling like work rather than fun, especially for sports kids. Dr. Cohn spe…
 
Do you or your athletes struggle to bring your practice game to matches consistently? Many players struggle with letting fear of failure hold them back from reaching their peak performance in matches. It is good to perform well in practice since this is the space to hone your skills for competition, but it is important to avoid worrying about outco…
 
How does community help sports kids build confidence? V.J. Stanley, a coach, former teacher and author of numerous youth sports books explains how feeling supported by community boosts kids' confidence and performance. Equal playing time for kids 10 and under is just one way to build this community, he says. He also addresses the importance of trus…
 
Are you a tennis player who struggles with composure, controlling your emotions and getting stuck in outcome thinking on the court? In this week's tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn speaks with Vasilis Mazarakis about the top struggles junior tennis players experience on the court. Vasilis is a Tennis Instruct…
 
Chasta Hamilton, author of "Trash the Trophies: How to Win Without Losing Your Soul" was seeing "red flags" In the dance scene, so decided to offer young dancers an alternative that feeds their souls. She instructs students to focus on the process, give back to their communities and embrace collaboration, among other issues. She tells Ultimate Spor…
 
Do you struggle to stay confident when you're down on your game? In this week's tennis psychology podcast, mental game of tennis expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn speaks with Vasilis Mazarakis on the importance of developing mental toughness in tennis. Vasilis is a Tennis Instructor and Mental Coach, Certified MGCP. He was a member of the Olympic team for G…
 
What's the link between having safe equipment--such as helmets--and feeling confident? Mike Oliver, executive director of the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) says that kids are more likely to feel confident if their equipment is safe. But sometimes, expensive equipment will make them too cocky, and vulnerab…
 
Do you struggle with negative body language when you compete? Often times there are certain triggers that lead to your negative body language. Athletes need to be aware of what they are doing to exhibit this negative body language. You don't want to show your opponents that you have a negative mindset. Become aware of what you are doing and create …
 
Rebekah Roulier--director of The Champions Network and a former NCAA Division 1 student athlete who has a degree in counseling--explains how coaches can help sports kids with mental health challenges, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. She also addresses the mental health impacts of systemic racism in youth sports.…
 
Christian Buck, author of The Sport of School and a performance coach who has worked with college teams at Brown, Harvard and Yale, talks about the importance of creating a vision and setting goals in youth sports--and how these ideas can help kids in school. He also provides tips for helping kids stay in engaged in sports during the COVID-19 crisi…
 
Kate T Parker. a professional photographer and New York Times bestselling author of The Heart of a Boy and Strong is the New Pretty talks about girls and body image. How can parents help girls worry less about how they look in sports? She also addresses what she sees as the top challenge for girls in sports: how their parents communicate with them.…
 
Christie Pearce Rampone, a two-time Women's World Cup champion, three-time Olympic gold medalist, and former captain of the US Women’s National Soccer Team teams up with sports neuropsychologist and brain health expert Dr. Kristine Keane to provide tips to sports parents. In this podcast episode, the pair, authors of “Be All In: Raising Kids for Su…
 
Do you look like a star in practice, but choke up in competition? Does your performance feel tight, controlled, or lack of freedom when you compete? Many hard-working athletes who get lots of confidence from practice get in their own way (mentally) when they compete… Why do athletes tense up and lose trust in their skills when they compete? Many at…
 
Christie Pearce Rampone is a two-time Women’s World Cup champion and eight-year captain of the US Women’s National Soccer Team. She’s co-authored a new book with neuropsychologist and fellow sports mom Dr. Kristine Keane… BE ALL IN: Raising Kids for Success in Sports and Life which offers practical, real world advice on how to handle the pressures …
 
Brian Levenson, a mental performance coach and author of "Shift Your Mind,"describes helpful mindsets in youth sports, including "uncomfortablein preparation, comfortable in performance" and "selfish in preparation,selfless in performance." His aim is to help athletes, teams and organizations unlock theirpotential by understanding and embracing the…
 
Do you ever get butterflies in your stomach before you compete called pregame jitters? Do you get really nervous before the start of a big match or game and can’t relax after the game starts? Most athletes have felt the negative effects of pressure during their athletic career. Even the best athletes feel pressure before a big game, but they know h…
 
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