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Two Ways for Your Young Athlete to Face Pain

By Janis Meredith, USA Football, 10/11/18, 12:00PM CDT

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Pain processing means you must work on clear, honest and consistent communication in your family. It takes work to have this type of dialog, but it’s so important that you must not give up easily.

Is your young athlete facing pain right now? Maybe they are not getting the playing time they want, having trouble getting along with teammates, at odds with their coach or disappointed with their own performance. The pain of disappointments and frustrations are inevitable in youth sports and you are left with a choice: How will you help your child get through those painful times? You can either teach them pain avoidance or pain processing.

Pain Avoidance

Parents who use the pain avoidance technique are quick to be the fixers, rescuers and protectors of their children. When your kids are small, this is a good thing because there’s a lot they need to be protected from.