Tennis Players Who Worry About Mistakes

Overcoming Fear of Failure in Matches

In “Sports Psychology Sessions with Doc,” Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from Mary who wants to know how she can help her son gain confidence in matches.

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Here’s the question Dr. Patrick Cohn answers this week:

“My son who plays junior tennis has excessive nervousness caused by his lack of confidence. This lack of confidence prevents him from playing his best in matches. He trains very well. His strokes are pretty decent. He loses to opponents that he is capable of beating in practice. How can I help him gain confidence again?

Nervousness, or anxiety, can prevent players from playing their best. Kids tend to play tentatively and tight up in fear of letting others down.

Players need to get over their fear of worrying about what others think, losing and not getting results that they expect.

How can players get over their fear of failure and anxiety in matches?

Watch the video to see what tips Dr. Cohn gives to Mary about helping her son overcome his anxiety and gain confidence.

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