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3. Mental Health in Kids' Sports w/ Brandon Fern
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3. Mental Health in Kids' Sports w/ Brandon Fern

The best soccer coach I know

Brandon Fern has coached every age group of girls’ and boys’ soccer teams from U11-U19 and holds a USSF National D License. In 2017, “Fern” co-founded the technical skills program “Step Up Soccer,” designed to teach youth players advanced dribbling and tricks to succeed in 1v1 scenarios. In 2018, Fern continued his career as the Assistant Coach for Mary Baldwin University Men's Soccer. He led technical training sessions, aided in recruiting efforts, and ran marketing for the university’s athletic programs. He also served as the Assistant Coach for Waynesboro High School’s Girls’ Varsity soccer team for three years, leading them from last place in the league to district champions. Over the years, multiple athletes under his tutelage have gone on to play for D1 collegiate soccer programs, and a few even played semi-professionally in the USL.

Most people have engaged in competitive sports at some point in their lives. Many of us have become parents and even coaches for our children. But athletic endeavors are about more than just physical fitness. We should consider and address the mental aspects at play as well. In this episode, we discuss mind fitness in kids’ sports from all angles - as players, parents, coaches, and officials.

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RARE SENSE aims to openly talk about all aspects of mental health, including difficult discussions with practitioners, sufferers, and others. Join us as we explore the landscape of mental treatment and training, all in the uncommon pursuit of mind fitness.
The podcast is hosted by Chris Irwin, a Navy SEAL veteran who struggled for over a decade with chronic mental and physical illness after serving in the military. Chris utilizes the expertise he gained during that journey to dive deep into tough topics while being completely vulnerable and open about his own experiences and struggles. These are the conversations about mental health we must have in the modern age.
DISCLAIMER: RARE SENSE content is not medical advice. Nor does it represent the official position or opinions of any other organization or person. If you require diagnosis or treatment for a mental or physical issue or illness, please seek it from a licensed professional.