We're excited to release Episode 2 in our animated video series "How to Be a Young Athlete".
All athletes feel nerves, from little leaguers to olympians. How they deal with their nerves can determine whether they perform at their best or they struggle.
In Episode 2, we provide three steps for young athletes to deal with their nerves:
3. Secret Image
Enjoy the video and let us know what your athlete thinks!
And here's the full transcript of the video:
Everyone gets nervous, even olympians.
Sometimes they come before a big race or during the race. And sometimes for no apparent reason at all.
So, how can you deal with them?
Here’s three steps to handle your nerves so you can feel and perform at your best.
Step 1. Accept them.
Don’t judge yourself. Realize that nerves are your body’s natural way of heightening your focus. Consider them an advantage, pushing you to perform at your highest level.
Step 2. Breathe.
To alleviate the actual symptoms of nervousness, close your eyes and focus on your breath. Every time your mind wanders, just think back to your breath. Do this for just 30 seconds or one minute and you’ll notice you feel much more at ease.
Step 3. Your secret image
Pull up in your mind an image that evokes confidence. It might be yourself in a proud moment...maybe when you won a trophy or when you aced a test. It might be an athlete you admire...maybe your favorite basketball player after a huge dunk. Or even just a symbol or an animal...maybe a roaring lion. Practice bringing up this image in your mind’s eye and associating it with confidence. When nervousness comes, focus on this image.
These three steps -- one accept, two breathe, three your secret image--will help you manage nerves and put you in a mindset to achieve your best performance.