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Jack Perconte

It's Not In their Head

Sports coaching tip of the day
Never mention a lack of steady play as a mental thing.
Players can change from mentally weak to strong by improving their skill mechanics. However, once adults convince players they have a mental impediment, that turnaround is harder. Any statement like, “It’s mental,” or “It’s all in your head” harms a young player’s athletic development. Little is more damaging to athletes than thinking that they have “head problems.”
Once they are self-conscious about their issue, trust and improvement prove to be more difficult. Even worse news, the insinuation stays with players for a long time.
Convince players that improving their fundamentals will solve their struggles. Fundamental flaws are more controllable than psychological ones.
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