Regaining Confidence After Injuries Injuries can create major psychological challenges for soccer players. Particularly when your trainer has given you the green light and you are ready to get back to playing. Even after a soccer player recovers fully from an injury, "mental scars" remain for some players. The biggest fear for athletes who return to their sport is the fear of re-injury. … [Read more...] about Soccer Players Who Fear Reinjury
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Parents: Help Players Move on After a Loss Participation in soccer allows young athletes to learn from an early age how to deal with the disappointment of losing games. Your role as a soccer parent is important in helping soccer players move on from mistakes or losses in order to gain the benefits that sports provide. Athletes tend to be critical and it’s challenging for young athletes to … [Read more...] about How Parents Can Support Players After Losses
Taking Practice Confidence to Games The number one reason a soccer player or coach contacts a mental game coach for soccer is because a player performs better in practice than in competition. This is a telltale sign that you or your athlete is struggling with their mental game. What does it look like when you can’t take your practice game to competition? Do you play freely and relaxed in … [Read more...] about Do You Perform Better in Practice Than in Games?
Overcoming The Stigma of Using Sports Psychologists Many players have a fear that other athletes or teammates will see them as weak if they work with a sports psychologist for soccer. Are you or any of your athletes hesitant about mental training? Myths about sports psychology can prevent athletes from developing a strong mental game. Even though sports psychology has become more widely … [Read more...] about Are You Weak if You Use a Sports Psychologist?
How to Mentally Preparation Before A Game Playing in a big soccer game can present several mental game challenges for soccer players. You have trained all year round and the end of the season tournaments often count the most for high school, club, or college teams. The pressure to perform increases during these times and mental preparation is more important than ever. Pressure can cause you to … [Read more...] about Mental Preparation Before Big Soccer Games
Composure in Soccer Players Like most high-level athletes, you probably HATE to make mistakes. When you have high expectations for your performance, it makes it hard to stay composed. Your competitive drive pushes you to further develop your physical and technical ability. However, some athletes who maintain extremely high expectations are prone to become frustrated and dwell on their … [Read more...] about Soccer Players Who Stay Composed
The Benefits of Soccer Psychology For Parents In our work with athletes at Peak Performance Sports we teach mental training strategies to soccer players, coaches, or teams. However, an important support group to players is often left out of mental game training -- sports parents! Parents play a very important role in the development of a positive and strong mental game for soccer … [Read more...] about Why Parents Need Soccer Psychology Too