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How to support your child leading up to sporting events and beyond.


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If you’ve got a young athlete at home, you know how exciting and sometimes nerve-wracking sporting events can be for them. Whether it’s their first time or they’re seasoned athletes, our children can always use a little extra support from us. Here are some tips on how to help them shine, feel confident, and most importantly, enjoy the experience.


Emotional support

First off, let’s talk about the emotional side of things. Our children need positive reinforcement more than anything. Celebrate their hard work and progress, not just the wins. It’s all about effort and improvement. Keep their goals realistic and remind them that the fun and joy of taking part are what truly matter. Be their biggest cheerleader, offer words of encouragement, and be there to listen when they want to talk about their hopes or anxieties.


Practical support

Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of practical support. Helping them manage their time is crucial. Between school, practice, and rest, it’s a lot to juggle. Make sure they have a balanced schedule that doesn’t leave them feeling overwhelmed. Don’t forget about logistics either. Being on top of transportation and ensuring their gear is in tip-top shape can make a world of difference.

Nutrition is another key piece. Keep an eye on what they’re eating to make sure they’re getting the right fuel. Balanced meals and proper hydration are essential for peak performance.


Physical support

When it comes to physical support, rest is key. Ensure they’re getting enough sleep, especially before the big day. A good night’s sleep can do wonders for their energy and focus. Encourage them to follow proper warm-up and cool-down routines to prevent injuries and prepare their bodies for action.


Regular exercise and practice are important too. Support their training efforts and make sure they stay in good physical condition.


Mental preparation

Mental prep is just as important as physical prep. Teach them visualisation techniques where they picture themselves performing well. It’s a great way to build confidence and reduce pre-game jitters. Relaxation techniques like deep breathing or mindfulness can also help them stay calm and focused.


Day of the event

On the big day, keep things calm and stress-free. A good breakfast and a relaxed morning routine can set the tone for a great performance. If you can, be there to support them from the sidelines. Your presence means the world to them, and your cheers can be incredibly up-lifting. After the event, regardless of the outcome, let them know how proud you are. Focus on the positives and discuss what they did well and what they can learn for next time.


Long-term support

Supporting our young athletes is a long-term commitment. Encourage their ongoing skill development and be open to additional training or camps if they’re interested. Keep an eye on their overall well-being, including mental health. Watch for signs of burnout and help them maintain a healthy balance in life.


At the end of the day, our support helps them not just in sports, but in all aspects of life.


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