Ever wonder about the building blocks of an outstanding athlete? Sport Performance Consultant Kathy Feinstein brings you weekly interviews with parents of exceptional athletes and their experiences. With this podcast, parents will learn about how they contribute to their child’s success with different parenting styles and techniques, and how to overcome universal parenting challenges.
On Coaching Parents with Anthony Telford
“We’ve asked the kids - do you like it better here now that your parents are outside? And, unfortunately, a lot of them say ‘yes.’” -- Anthony Telford
Anthony Telford spent 9 seasons as a MLB pitcher, but now he’s a father and a coach who works closely with both up-and-coming athletes and their parents.
So how does Anthony perceive the parent-athlete relationship?
What are the pandemic restrictions teaching him about his athlete’s relationships with their parents?
Why does he have a Parent Penalty Box at his training facility?
In this episode, Anthony details his journey to and through the MLB as well as his current role as a coach of both young athletes and their parents. This discussion is challenging, convicting, and well worth a listen, so take some notes and be sure to share your perspective with me on Instagram at @sportpsychworks or leave comments at https://www.kafcounselingandsportperformance.com/contact.
About Former MLB Pitcher Anthony Telford Anthony Telford, a retired MLB pitcher who played for the Baltimore Orioles, the Montreal Expos, and the Texas Rangers over the course of his career in professional baseball. In college he played for San José State University. Today, Anthony has a renown training facility - The Zone - in Tampa Bay, Florida - where he coaches players of all ages and levels.
Becoming a Reformed Sports Parent with Nick Buonocore
“You’re a lot more than the sport you play. You’re a human being too, and sometimes that gets lost.” - Nick Buonocore
For a lot of families, their traditional view of sports has changed. What was once a tool for exercise, discipline, and fun is now perceived as a vehicle to college scholarships. The mindsets of athletes, and sports parents, have shifted as a result.
With us today is Nick Buonocore, a former professional athlete and the founder of Reformed Sports Parent, a collective of former coaches and athletes with the mission of providing “information, expertise, and first-hand insight to support responsible decision-making and thoughtful planning for the well-rounded personal development of young athletes.”
Join us as we discuss Nick’s athletic history, parenting, and what it means to be a reformed sports parent.
What’s Your Take? Let us know what you took from today’s episode by contacting Kathy at @sportpsychworks or leave comments at https://www.kafcounselingandsportperformance.com/contact.
Scott Eyre on Coaching after Life in Major League Baseball
“I would get nervous for the kids. I wanted them to succeed so much because that’s what I wanted. I hated losing when I was in high school. I didn’t want the kids to feel that. I wanted them to win.” --Scott Eyre
35% on any academic test is a failure. In baseball, batting 300 (or having a 3/10 success rate at the plate) is excellent - even in the MLB.
Former major league baseball pitcher Scott Eyre knows this all too well. The left-handed pitcher played for the Chicago White Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs, and Philadelphia Phillies. Eyre played from 1997 - 2009, ending his career on game 6 of the World Series. Eyre won a World Series Championship the year prior with the Phillies, appearing in game 2 with no runs and no hits.
Now, Eyre is a husband with two sons attending Purdue University in the fall. Scott has been a baseball coach since 2011 and is currently continuing his coaching career.
In this episode, Scott and I talk through…
His journey to professional baseball Watching his children play sports after living the professional athlete dream Being competitive and growing up in an athletically-competent family Coaching baseball after playing in the Major Leagues How excellence in baseball is still “failure” This episode will curb your curiosity about life as a professional athlete while offering powerful insights on parenting and coaching after your own sports career is complete.
Questions? Comments? Let’s talk! Want to dive deeper into today’s episode? Connect with us on Instagram at @sportpsychworks or leave comments at https://www.kafcounselingandsportperformance.com/contact.
Jill Wheeler on Expedition Mentality & Letting Your Child Choose
“When someone tells you who they are or someone tells you what they want, believe them.” -- Jill Wheeler
It’s a new year, a new decade, and a new special series for Parenting Peak Performers. We couldn’t be more thrilled about this episode with adventure therapist, speaker, writer, athlete, and yoga instructor, Jill Wheeler. As the founder and director of the Wellfit Institute, Jill combines life coaching and the power of nature to produce impactful adult therapy. Jill is a licensed mental health and licensed professional counselor, who creates transformational and empowering experiences for individuals, groups, and communities in personal and business sectors.
When the new year comes around, we tell ourselves we’ll try new things. Conquering a new task is thrilling, and a great way to build confidence. As parents, we want our kids to feel that success, and when we spot talent in them, we’re quick to take them to tryouts.
But what happens when your teen tells you they don’t want to go?
Today, Jill and I discuss
Expedition mentality How to make an agreement with your teen about trying something new The benefits of self-enrollment and empowering your teen to choose How forced entry into sports can break relationships, motivation, and trust And so much more!
Keep up with Jill at jillwheeler.com and learn more about Wellfit Girls here.
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Chris Edwards on Fitness: Why It’s Vital and Not Enough
“I realized that people needed more than just fitness to reach their health and wellness goals.” --Chris Edwards
How can we be healthy? Really? It’s a question humans have been asking for most of history - and yet, it always seems like there are new quick fixes or conflicting research. During his studies in professional training, Chris Edwards realized that fitness - while vital - isn’t enough to take people to their peak level of health.
So what is? And how can we help our kids get there? Chris believes health and wellness is a family matter, and he gives three tips for success in family health.
1.Everyone has to be on board.
2.Gain an education (don’t worry - Chris will give legitimate resources)
3.Focus on nutrition first.
Information is power, and Chris drops a lot of it in this episode.
About Chris and TriCore Wellness Chris Edwards is a Fitness and Wellness Professional with over 14 years of experience specializing in personal fitness and wellness management. He holds multiple certifications and achievements in the fitness and wellness industry, is an accomplished competitive powerlifter, and is the owner and founder of TriCore Wellness.
TriCore Wellness is a wellness management company that specializes in Personalized Health Coaching. TriCore captures and analyzes information about your Fitness, Nutrition, and Recovery to develop plans, coaching, and analysis for you to achieve any health and wellness goals.
Keep the Conversation Going The episode is over, but the conversation doesn’t have to be. Send me your thoughts or questions about this episode at @sportpsychworks or https://www.kafcounselingandsportperformance.com/contact.
Dr. Greg Rubin on Identifying and Treating Sports-Related Concussions
How can we keep our kids safe while they play the sports they love?
Today marks the end of Parenting Peak Performer’s 4th season, and as we wrap up, we’re going to pivot away from talking about the coach’s perspective. Instead, we’re closing our season with another vital topic for parents of athletically-involved kids.
No incredible athletic achievement is worth it if our kids’ health is at stake.
To help me process how parents can keep their kids safe on the court and field, I’ve brought in Dr. Greg Rubin. Dr. Rubin is a board-certified internal medicine physician with added qualifications in sport medicine. He established and staffs a walk-in clinic in Naples Florida. He’s the co-founder of The Sports Med Review, a website focused on providing open-access information to sports medicine physicians.
In this episode, you’re going to hear Dr. Rubin discuss perhaps the most frequent injury in sports medicine: concussions.
Today, We’re Answering Key Questions about Concussions What is a concussion? And what is “second impact syndrome?” How can you identify them? How should a concussion be treated? What can parents do to prevent them? What can we do to speed up recovery?
There’s so much we can do to prevent and treat concussions for young athletes, which is why this episode is absolutely essential for any parent with sports-active children.
Want to join the conversation? Let me know what you like in this episode or what you’re curious about by sending your questions and comments to @sportpsychworks or
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Compassionate Advice for Parents of Athletes
Kathy is so compassionate and empathetic and extremely knowledgeable about sports psychology and the psychology and pressure that comes with being a parent of a peak performance athlete. If you are a parent of an athlete and get caught up in the stress of compeitive sports, you will do well to listen to this podcast.
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High school athlete parent
This was great and really helpful! Learned so much about how to be a better sport parent. A+++