Tag Archives: anxiety

Paediatric Hydrotherapy

Buoyancy

Hydrotherapy (therapy in water) has always been one of the preferred therapy options, for adults, children and even animals. However, limited appropriate facilities mean that it is not used enough in South Africa. This article sets out to provide parents with some more information about this therapy option, what it can be used for with […]

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Dealing with your child’s perfectionism in the sports arena

Nadia Comaneci

Perfectionism is a personality trait characterized by striving for flawlessness and setting excessively high standards for performance, accompanied by tendencies towards overly critical evaluations of one’s behaviour (Flett & Hewitt, 2002). Do you have a son or daughter who is a perfectionist? We are all well aware of how this characteristic plays out at school […]

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When anxiety gets out of hand

Heart ECG

We all remember the empty feeling in your stomach when the teacher was walking down the isle handing out that Mathematics exam paper. You hands were sweaty and you could not sit still, continually moving and shifting in your chair. You could not help think about what will happen if you can’t answer the questions […]

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Parental involvement and the effect on a child’s performance

Mentally tough swimmer

Case study: Johnny the swimmer I watched Johnny, a very talented 14 year old swimmer at a competition. Before Johnny competed I saw him going to the toilet at least 4 times. After his race I congratulated him but commented that I saw him going to the toilet a couple of times. He laughed and […]

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How Can I Help My Child Develop Mental Toughness?

rowing

Young developing athletes are particularly prone to becoming casualties of the performance roller-coaster of competitive sport. They give up because they can’t handle playing well one day and poorly the next; or training hard and then not performing well on race day; rarely performing to potential when it counts; or falling victim to self-doubt, anger […]

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