The reason behind why an athlete trains to be a good player is very insightful. Is it for the internal drive of becoming great and maximizing potential? Is it for the love and acceptance of others? Is it because their friends play?
Motivation from within is by far the most productive and healthiest of drives. For young athletes, playing sports for the personal enjoyment of fulfilling intrinsic motivation will increase effort and reduce burnout. Intrinsic motivation will continue without external rewards, and beyond the first levels of success, sustaining an athlete to continue to chase growth.
Help yourself, your child or your athletes by:
-limiting extrinsic rewards for training or winning
-point out the progress made
-allow choice (increases ownership)
The athlete who trains to become great because they are intrinsically motivated to reach their potential is a beautiful thing to see. These are the elite athletes.
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