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When Athletes are ‘Frozen’ by Fear of Mistakes

By Patrick Cohn, The Ultimate Sports Parent, 10/15/19, 8:15PM CDT


Athletes naturally want approval from others. But trying to make the coach and teammates happy is leading them to focus on being perfect and playing with tension.

A young athlete writes,

“I have a new coach and before that, I was starting point guard and I was able to have confidence in myself when I played. But now I have none because I keep making mistakes due to the fact that I’m not fulfilling the new coach’s expectations.”

He continues…

“He puts so much pressure on me because if I mess up once, my whole team gets in trouble and my teammates get mad at me. I now hardly show up to practice and I think about quitting even though I’ve played my whole life.”