Fear of Failure is a Top Worry for Young Athletes

As a sports psychology practitioner and founder of Maximize the Mind Mental Performance Coaching, Ashley Eckermann is fielding more and more requests from parents of kids as young as 7 or 8.

Their biggest challenge is fear of failure, Eckermann said. Kids say they are afraid of messing up and don’t want to disappoint their parents.

To help kids who are anxious or worried about failing, Eckermann asks for details about what’s upsetting them and what they want to accomplish. She avoids saying “be positive” because she thinks it creates high expectations.

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