Coach Mandy’s Podcast: How vulnerability can affect an athlete’s performance

Coach Mandy Roczniak of Inner Winning Coaching teaches us how vulnerability and authenticity are vital to success.

Athletes perform in front of others all the time, are under pressure situations, are watched and critiqued all the time. Yet most athletes would not say they are vulnerable.

In fact, many actually hide the fears, doubts, and negative self-talk that’s really going on in their heads because they have to wear the “athlete” mask.

Mandy will be discussing how by being vulnerable and allowing your authentic you to live on the outside, athletes can actually experience increased performance, more satisfaction, and success. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

1 thought on “Coach Mandy’s Podcast: How vulnerability can affect an athlete’s performance

  1. Hi Mandy,

    I think the reason youth athletes need to minimize their emotions is due to the associated adrenaline spikes and how they can wear you down over the long run. For example, for a pitcher to be successful over an entire game, or at least several innings, he/she has to start/stop many times. If the first inning goes well and the pitcher gets too “high”, the adrenaline surge draws energy. If it happens again in the second inning and third inning, by the time the fourth inning comes around, the pitcher is drained. Then he/she loses focus and then trouble sets in.

    In sports like baseball and golf where complete focus is critical on every pitch/shot, I believe minimizing emotion is needed.How often do we see an athlete who is struggling show negative emotion and then spiral out of control? Coming back from that situation is nearly impossible for a young athlete.


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