Athletic Talent vs. Interest: Not All Talented Athletes Like Playing
When we see a youngster excelling in a sport, it’s understandable that we would also assume that he or she loves playing that sport. In some cases that’s true, but in other instances the athlete may be pretty talented at a sport but not love — or even like — playing that sport. When kids continue to play a sport they don’t like, the pressure they experience can lead to frustration, anxiety, burnout, and even depression — all important reasons why parents and coaches should tune in to the level of interest kids having in playing sports.
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Dr. Chris Stankovich is a Professional Athletic Counselor and Sport Performance Scientist and studies the psychosocial variables impacting human performance and success. He is the author of 5 books and has had his work featured in numerous national media outlets, including USA Today and ABC World News. Dr. Stankovich is known as "The Sports Doc" for his regular television feature on Ohio News Network and NBC 4 Columbus (OH). For more information on peak performance products, speaking engagements, training seminars, and free education downloads, please visit http://www.drstankovich.com.