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Is Your Child Stressing Over Sports?

Licensed clinical psychologist, Melissa Gressner, shares tips to help parents reduce their child's anxiety.

The Problem:

My child is anxious about playing sports, even when it is a laid-back, recreational league or an individual activity. How do I help her?

The Expert:

Melissa Gressner, Psy.D., licensed clinical psychologist

The Solution:

Kids get anxious for many reasons. Some of the most common contributors to sports anxiety are fear of failure, not looking good to peers, and disapproval by others like parents, extended family, and coaches. Here are ways to help your child cope:

Be sure to remind your children to try their best, have fun learning and playing, and most importantly, not compare themselves to others.

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