How do you work with the young athletes?

Have you ever thought about how to start working with a young athlete? Here are some questions to reflect.

  • Do you have an outline of how to develop the mental preparation intervention with a young teenager?
  • What skills to start with?
  • Do you take a period of observation and first talk to the coach?
  • What do you begin to observe?
  • What do you say to the athlete first?
  • Do you use a structured interview? And on what main topics?
  • How much time do you spend between this introductory phase and the beginning of the intervention?
  • Does it change your job and goals if you work in a period away from competitions or if the intervention starts in a competition period?
  • Usually in relation to which aspects of your work do you feel most comfortable to begin?
  • If underage, do you always talk to parents as well? What is your goal?
  • How do you check the young person’s motivation to be engaged in this mental work?
  • Do you have clear in mind what you want to say in the first three minutes when you talk to the athlete for the first time? What do you want me to remember about this introduction?

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