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Performance Anxiety with Abby Gold

Welcome to 2021 and our first episode of Season 10! We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the Tennis Channel Podcast Network and to bring you another year of interviews with the top experts in Junior and College Tennis! Later this week, we’ll be announcing an awesome giveaway on Twitter in conjunction with the Tennis Channel, so be sure to keep an eye out for it!

In this first podcast of the year, the topic is performance anxiety in athletes, what causes it, and what parents and coaches can do to help players manage it.

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Performance anxiety can be debilitating in people of any age but especially in young athletes who may not yet possess the maturity or tools to manage it properly. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Abby Gold works with clients and helps them develop the know-how to recognize the early signs of performance anxiety then use their personalized “tool box” to prevent it from controlling their lives.

Here are some useful resources Abby shared with me:

Self-Talk worksheets and education:

Hub of research and information on sport psychology:

Negative Thoughts worksheet:


Rewire Your Anxious Brain – Catherine Pittman
This Is Your Brain on Sports – David Grand and Alan Goldberg
Mindfulness for Student Athletes: A Workbook to Help Teens Reduce Stress and Enhance Performance
The Anxiety Toolkit
Getting Over OCD workbook
My Anxious Mind- Managing Anxiety
The Perfectionism Workbook
The Stress-Proof Brain

Other Worksheets:


For more information on Abby and her work, visit You can contact her with any questions via the form at

As always, a big thank you to Morgan Stone, aka STØNE, for our intro and outro music this season. You can find more of his music at If you’re interested in House Music, please be sure to check out his social media channels on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

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