Motivating kids through team sports

Michael Gervais, PhD High Performance Psychologist, shares advice for parents on how to support their young, talented children and help keep them motivated through team sports
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Motivating kids through team sports

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Motivation is a funny thing for all of us. We are all motivated by something. When a young athlete or young person is talented at something, they are interested early on in the social aspects. They are looking to explore the social engagement, the fun, and the comradery of people who have similar interests. At some point, it begins to change. In their teens, they want to get better. They want skill. They want proficiency. They are looking to advance in their talent. As a parent, it's important for us to understand which primary motivation they are interested in. If they are interested in social engagement, keep supporting that. Eventually, they will move into the category of wanting to be proficient in what they do. Understanding the child and then supporting their primary interests, is the best way to support young, talented children.

Michael Gervais, PhD High Performance Psychologist, shares advice for parents on how to support their young, talented children and help keep them motivated through team sports

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Michael Gervais, PhD

High Performance Psychologist

Dr. Michael Gervais, a licensed psychologist and industry visionary, is a founding partner of Pinnacle Performance Center. He focuses most of his time on people at the "top of their game," from NBA players, to Olympians, to military personnel. Dr. Gervais has a clear understanding of how performers become and consistently excel at a world-class level. Spending years in the trenches of high-stakes circumstances, Dr. Gervais has developed clarity for the tools that allow people to "thrive under pressure."

Dr. Gervais is a published, peer-reviewed author and a nationally recognized speaker on issues related to high performance for those who excel on the largest stages in the world.

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