Creating a positive experience for your athlete
With school in full swing, not only is your athlete busy with practices and games, parents also are part of the juggling act. Countless practices, camps, games in places far and away, schedule coordination, cooking, and much more can create a hectic week. Let’s face it, parents are the real MVP! They do an extraordinary job supporting their child’s athletic endeavors and often make many sacrifices so that their child has every opportunity to meet their goals. However, it’s important for parents to know when to be supportive and when to “trust the process.”
As important as a parent’s support role is to the success of their athlete, a parent’s influence begins way before their child starts playing organized sports and this influence lasts a lifetime.
Obesity has more than tripled in the US since the 1970s with one in five school-age children and young people (6 to 19 years) being obese. Now more than ever, it’s important that parental influence begins with modeling healthy behaviors and an active lifestyle at an early age.
Sandrine Chebou-Webb understands the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle and she’s leading by example. She’s a mother of two and a regular at Outright Fitness. Chebou-Webb participates in the semi-private and group classes. Her sons also train at Outright. “My sons inspire me to live a healthier life, eat better, try harder, aim higher, and love more,” says Chebou-Webb. “The ground work for long life is good health.”
It’s also equally as important to “trust the process.” Parents absolutely want to do everything they can to allow their athlete to be as successful as they can – but to literally try to do and be everything can yield diminishing returns.
Here are three tips to create a positive experience for your youth athlete:
1. Allow your child to choose sports or activities they are most interested in, even if they aren’t very good. Give your child the opportunity to develop to their potential, whatever level that may be.
2. While teaching your child to be coachable, you as a parent should restrain from parent coaching. After all, you trusted the organization/coach with your child, let the coach(es) do their job. If you don’t trust that the organization/coach is right for your child for whatever reason(s), then consider changing organizations.
3. Let your child fail. There’s tremendous growth in the journey of discovery. Let them at least try to figure it out.
Sports and extra-curricular activities provide youth athletes with opportunities to learn many life lessons but the most important life lessons come from their parents. It is important for parents to model healthy behaviors, trust the process and inspire their youth far beyond the field and on the court. Their physical, mental, and spiritual health depends on it.
From sports performance programs to personal training sessions to semi-private or group workouts, Outright Fitness provides solutions for youth and adult athletes and non-athletes. Visit www.outrightfitness.com to find a program that suits you.
Article by Erika Canales and David Braswell, photos by Matthew Slimmer