Parents of Athletes

Getting the most for your athelete.

As a parent you naturally want the best for your child, in all aspects of their life.  Navigating the line between helping your athlete improve performance without pressure, assisting your athlete find the perfect sport, knowing when to push and when to not, guiding them through conversations about quitting and the list goes on….These are all aspects of being a parent of a young athlete.  It can be overwhelming and sport psychology can help.

In addition to providing advice to parents, we help athletes

  • Avoid freezing before competitions.
  • Improve confidence.
  • Learn how to instill a strong mental game.

Sport success is directly linked to an athlete’s mental toughness. If your young athletes struggle with confidence, mental game training can help.

Articles for Parents

Mental Skills for Baseball

Mental Skills for Baseball As the chill of winter slowly gives way to sunshine and warmer weather, baseball and softball players around the country are beginning to get ready for the upcoming season. Spring training, from the pros down to Little Leagues, means working...

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Keeping Athletes Safe From Concussions

Keeping our Athletes Safe from Concussions This week, I attended and made a presentation at a conference hosted by CORE Health Care entitled "Keeping Our Athletes Safe." In addition to my presentation, the meeting included excellent presentations by Mike Lamb of the...

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Dr. Temple: Board-Certified Sport Psychologist

Dr. Richard Temple Board Certified Sport Psychologist Over the past year, Dr. Temple has been busy pursuing and achieving board certification in sport psychology through the American Board of Sport Psychology (ABSP).  Dr. Richard Temple  is one of a very few...

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Take Instruction Only As Directed

Take Instruction Only as Directed The late renowned golf coach Harvey Penick was known for likening instruction to medicine.  He would caution his students that when he gave them instruction to "not take the whole bottle."  He also warned against taking medication...

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Mental Toughness

Mental Toughness Recently, I have had two separate discussions, one with a high school football coach, and another with the parent of a young athlete, about sports and toughness.  In both conversations, the individual with whom I was speaking touted sports as the last...

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Taking A Break

Taking A Break  Whenever we hear stories about an elite athlete and their rise to stardom, without fail we hear about the tireless devotion to their sport and hours upon hours of practice.  We are led to believe that they eat, drink, and sleep their sport, and it is...

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Identifying Your Child’s Ideal Sport

Identifying your Child's Ideal Sport As parents, it seems like the time we spend changing diapers and washing bottles is transformed overnight to shuttling our kids to various sporting events, watching them play, and maybe even contributing as a coach or other...

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The Other Side of Facing Fear

The Other Side of Facing Fear This weekend, we went on a family camping trip to Inks Lake in Burnet, Texas.  At one end of Inks Lake is "The Devil's Watering Hole," a swimming area surrounded by cliffs.  Our six-year-old daughter Anna was excited about jumping off the...

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Defining “Winning” For Young Athletes

Defining "Winning" for Young Athletes At a recent meet for my daughter's swim team, I saw several youngsters who performed wonderfully in their events, but were nonetheless disappointed because other swimmers finished the heat ahead of them.  In every case the parents...

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Role Models and Sportsmanship

Role Models and Sportsmanship Those of you who have been following the NBA playoffs this season no doubt saw or heard about the Lakers' unceremonious exit from the race, with very poor displays of sportsmanship by two of their players.  With the game quickly getting...

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The Talent Myth

Talent is a Myth When watching an elite athlete in any sport, it is tempting to conclude that the athlete was born with innate talent.  How else can you explain the seemingly super-human abilities of players like Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Derek Jeter, or Venus and...

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How To Reward Your Child Athlete

How to reward sport performance In the last article, we discussed the importance of focusing on what you can control.  As a parent, coach, or other supporter of a child athlete, it is also important to understand what aspects of a child’s performance should be...

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Dr. Richard Temple, Ph.D., ABSP

Licensed Clinical Psychologist / Neuropsychologist
Board-Certified Sport Psychologist - American Board of Sport Psychology

706-B W. Ben White Blvd., Suite 120-B Austin, TX 78704