How to support your child athlete to stay motivated to train during lockdown

Parents and coaches can help encourage their students and children to keep a routine during lockdown with these tips from the BelievePerform team.

In this mental fitness infographic the experts provide advice on how to support your child athlete to stay motivated to train during lockdown.



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  • Help them to understand that motivation can come from internal sources (their abilities, their confidence) as well as external.
  • Find a skill which your child can master over the coming weeks and months. Encourage and support them to keep practising.
  • Support your child to stay focused on things that they can control (thoughts, emotions, behaviours).
  • Encourage your child to train with teammates using online technology.
  • Encourage your child to identify their top strengths and think about how they can use them each day.
  • Support your child to seek out feedback from their coach.
  • Encourage your child to use this as an opportunity for growth, development and learning.
  • Encourage your child to use this time as an opportunity to understand their performance recipe.
  • Create a routine with your child and schedule their training into their week.
  • Support them to write down a list of helpful behaviours that will keep them motivated.
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