How Parents React When Athletes Want to Quit Sports
In “Sports Psychology Sessions with Doc,” Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from Brad who wants to know how he can can help his son who no longer wants to play soccer due to panic attacks and anxiety.
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Do you have a young athlete that feels a lot of anxiety about his or her performance and is ready to give up?
Here’s the question Dr. Patrick Cohn answers this week:
“My son is a great soccer player but at 16 he has given up due to anxiety and panic attacks and he says he has lost his passion for the game. What do I do, or do I help him as he doesn’t seem to care about playing soccer anymore? Please help.”
Research shows that up to 75% of athletes drop out of sport by the age of 16.
How do you know if its performance anxiety or loss of motivation?
Learn what Dr. Cohn says parents can do to help:
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