Motivating Young Athletes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - What are some of the best ways to motivate the young athlete in your family.

Dr. Eddie O'Connor shared tips on FOX 17 News.

He says to focus on things like:

  • Autonomy - Give the child a choice
  • Competence - Give them a sense of "I'm doing well"
  • Relatedness - A supportive environment
  • Discuss the benefits of tough drills
  • Lack of preparation leads to poor results

He says to avoid things like:

  • Bribes
  • Shaming or scolding
  • Comparing to others

For more, visit his blog here.


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