EP 38 – Camilla Knight, Ph.D. – Developing Confidence, Managing Stress, and Parental Involvement in Youth Sport


“Knowledge is power. If parents have knowledge of what their kids are trying to achieve, they have a much better opportunity to support them.”

Today’s conversation is with Camilla Knight (@cjknight). Camilla is an Associate Professor in Sports Science at the University of Swansea in the UK. Her research interests include understanding and enhancing the psychosocial experiences of children in sport, with an emphasis on parental involvement. Camilla has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles, written several chapters in academic texts, and edited the 2017 book: Sport Psychology for Young Athletes.

In this episode, we drill down into the details of developing confidence, aligning an athlete’s goals with the expectations of their parents, and managing stress within a youth sport environment. Other highlights from the show include:

  • Camilla’s sporting experiences growing up, what she learnt from many years playing tennis, and the starkly different relationships she held with her parents
  • What ignited her passion of sports psychology
  • Common myths in youth sport
  • How to create a holistic learning environment in youth sport
  • Risky behaviour
  • The importance of taking the time to talk to your young athletes

Please connect with Camilla on Twitter