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Supporting an Athlete’s Attention & Executive Functions in Sports

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A coach can be a highly influential person in a young athlete’s life. But what happens when the young athlete has trouble paying attention or controlling their reactions on and off the field? Suddenly, even the best coach can find it hard to remain helpful, understanding, and patient with the athlete.

Executive functioning means managing our emotions and actions, thinking flexibly, and planning and organizing what we do.

This resource was developed in partnership with the SCORE Program at Children's National

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