Top 3 Aspects You NEED to Take Serious for Your Athlete Right Now


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Due to COVID, the past couple of months have been a complete upheaval for many; devastating leagues, clubs, and programs across the nation.  While those are the main topics being discussed, there are three major aspects that parents need to be taking even more serious for their athletes right now; aspects if ignored could have profound negative effects on their athletes.


 

#1 - PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH & MOTIVATION

Due to COVID, many athletes have lost their spring seasons AND potentially their upcoming fall season. The psychological toll that many players are going through is significant (even if your athlete does not admit it). Sport is a vital part of their identity. Combined with a drastically altered school structure and social interaction limitations, many athletes are struggling right now. Soccer training can be an excellent alternative for players to relieve stress, stay challenged*, and maintain a healthy motivation; especially while adapting to our current sports landscape.

**It is crucial to make sure the training your athlete is taking part in is properly structured, challenging/ creative, and supportive. Based on local athletes, we've heard many are tired of the repetitive and basic "technical training" that their programs and teams have been holding for the past three months. We need to stoke their inspiration, not kill it with boredom.**

#2 - SOCIAL NORMALCY & INTERACTION

The past four months have been challenging for younger athletes, especially soccer players.

With regular school and social interactions uprooted, the social development that many teenagers require has drastically altered. Soccer is a very social sport and provides fundamental learning interactions with peers and authority figures. Whil