Sports Psychology and Lifelong Success
By Joe Ulm
Our mission at PSU is to help players be successful. However they define success, we want to help them get there. The mission was created based on two beliefs:
- Sports teach. Kids who play sports are constantly learning important lessons – teamwork, communication, sportsmanship, effort, hard work, leadership, etc.
- If we create the right environment, we can help kids learn and apply these lessons within a framework of their own success. (link to article I wrote on 12/7 – attached)
Throughout this past year, we’ve implemented various programs to support our mission, and many of those programs have gone well. It’s confirmed our belief that we truly can help each player understand and apply principles of success to all areas of their lives – academics, soccer, and whatever other interests they have. Yet, there’s one piece that has been missing. You.
The greatest influence in the life of a child is almost always their parents. So next week, we’ll be running our first video series for parents. The series is from an interview I did with Dr. Patric Mattek, Sports Psychologist and owner of PKM Clinical Solutions where we discussed a variety of topics including:
- What Sports Psychology is (and how it works)
- How anxiety is often the factor that limits on-field performance
- How parents can best support their son or daughter’s sports experience – and the one thing parents should never do
It was a fascinating discussion, and it’s one I think many of you will enjoy. I’m lining up other interviews now, so if there’s a topic you’d like to hear about, e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until then, stay safe, stay United…