|It’s important to understand that it is OK if your athlete no longer wants to participate in their sport.
- Consider that physical activity has important benefits for physical health, mental health, and social interaction.
- After having a discussion with your athlete, if stopping sport means they will no longer get sufficient physical activity, you should encourage them to consider trying a new sport or physical activity of interest to them.
- For example, consider offering a transition to another activity: “You are courageous to admit you want to stop participating, but what other physical activities are you interested in doing instead?”
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