Atlanta United’s Garth Lagerwey: On improving team psychology

 Garth Lagerwey answered questions from the press member during a press conference after being introduced as the new Atlanta United President & CEO  on Tuesday, November 29, 2022.  Miguel Martinez / miguel.martinezjimenez@ajc.com
 Miguel Martinez / miguel.martinezjimenez@ajc.com

Credit: Miguel Martinez

Credit: Miguel Martinez

Garth Lagerwey answered questions from the press member during a press conference after being introduced as the new Atlanta United President & CEO on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. Miguel Martinez / miguel.martinezjimenez@ajc.com Miguel Martinez / miguel.martinezjimenez@ajc.com

Atlanta United President Garth Lagerwey will answer a question posed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution each week about the team, MLS or soccer in general.

This week’s question: The first team has a psychologist. How does that person work with young players to handle the mental ups and downs of professional soccer?

A: We consider the mental aspect of player health just as important as the physical side and have supplemented our support in player performance by the addition of a mental coach. We are continuing to build this area out, but have now implemented it into our overall curriculum after gradually building these practices with our first team over the last two years. These practices are far-ranging in nature, but deal with the mental preparation that comes with a variety of scenarios, such as setting expectations and standards of the team and individual, dealing with the pressures of certain moments, or with the natural successes and failures that come with being a professional athlete.

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Atlanta United’s 2023 MLS schedule

Feb. 25 Atlanta United 2, San Jose Earthquakes 1

March 4 Atlanta United 1, Toronto FC 1

March 11 Atlanta United 3, Charlotte FC 0

March 18 Atlanta United 5, Portland 1

March 25 at Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m.

April 1 vs. New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m.

April 8 at New York City FC, 7:30 p.m.

April 15 at Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m.

April 23 vs. Chicago Fire FC, 4:30 p.m., FS1

April 29 at Nashville SC, 1:30 p.m., Fox

May 6 at Inter Miami CF, 7:30 p.m.

May 13 vs. Charlotte FC, 7:30 p.m.

May 17 vs. Colorado Rapids, 7:30 p.m.

May 20 at Chicago Fire FC, 8:30 p.m.

May 27 at Orlando City SC, 7:30 p.m.

May 31 vs. New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m., FS1

June 3 at Los Angeles FC, 10:30 p.m.

June 10 vs. D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.

June 21 vs. New York City FC, 7:30 p.m.

June 24 at New York Red Bulls, 7:30 p.m.

July 2 vs. Philadelphia Union, 4 p.m., Fox

July 8 at CF Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

July 12 at New England Revolution, 7:30 p.m.

July 15 vs. Orlando City SC, 7:30 p.m., FS1

Aug. 20 at Seattle Sounders, 10:30 p.m.

Aug. 26 vs. Nashville SC, 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 30 vs. FC Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 2 at FC Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Sept. 16 vs. Inter Miami CF, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 20 at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 vs. CF Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 4 at Philadelphia Union, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 7 vs. Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 21 at FC Cincinnati, TBA

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