Why Young Athletes Quit Sports

In this sports psychology video, you learn athletes quit sports and the right and wrong reasons to quit…

Here’s the question of the week:

“I’m playing soccer and I’m thinking about quitting because I am literally the worst one on the team. I tried to tell my parents that I don’t want to play soccer anymore, but they just kept me in. I think it’s stupid to keep playing for their enjoyment. What should I do?

Watch the video now to learn what you should do when you or your athletes feel like quitting your sport…


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2 thoughts on “Why Young Athletes Quit Sports”

  1. Hello there, Dr. Cohn, my name is Laura, my daughter is 12, this is a tuff age. Recently she has been having a tuff time on the field. She is a good solid soccer player. She started at age 9 during Covid, then they shut the fields down. She literally has been playing for about 2.5 years. She has and her coaches agree, very great physical ability, she has what it takes. The only thing getting in her way is herself. She struggles with confidence. She is very hard on herself. More recently it has been a lot of crying and I hate soccer. I know she really doesn’t because she gets mad at me when I don’t let her go to practice? She gets embarrassed easily and mad because she isn’t improving or getting the training right away? She is constantly putting her self down. Her father and I do not insult her or put her down like she is doing to her self. It has gotten to be very harmful mentally to her and her team. I don’t know what to do? I know she loves soccer. We are on 2 teams. What do you think? Thank you for your time. Best regards, Laura O. We need help or direction.

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    • Sounds like your daughter has some perfectionism and what goes with this is high expectations,impatience, easily frustrated, and worry about what others think. We have several options to help you. Let me know what you’d like to do for the mental game improvement.

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