Performance anxiety can happen to anyone— athletes, musicians, dancers, and other performers; coaches and other leaders; parents and other supporters of kids or adults performing or competing. In this book, we are focusing specifically on athletes and their experiences. This 32-page text includes vibrant, colorful images, interviews with athletes, scientific explanations, and guidance for parents and coaches. The words in italics are words of the athletes during our interviews.

It is my mission to use my playing experiences, coaching experiences, and knowledge gained from education and research to help coaches, parents, and athletes. My hope is to educate and share information in an effort to increase the longevity of athletic careers and to enhance the overall well-being of athletes.

The following chapters will help you understand more of what’s happening in the minds of the athletes we coach or in the minds of our own kids when they experience a great deal of pressure and nervousness during sports.