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Normalizing Nervousness

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IN ACTION
Watch youth sport coaches from around the country put the principles from Play Positive and Positive Coaching Alliance to work with their athletes.

Athletes can get nervous when they are putting their skills to test, and it’s important for coaches to emphasize that these nerves are normal. This IN ACTION video features a coach who is helping a nervous young wrestler. His way of dealing with athletes' nerves is to remind them what they’ve been working on and to specify the skills they can feel confident in before the match. He also encourages them to put the nerves into the match, in hopes it fuels their energy and focus when they have to perform.

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