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How do you over come gymnastics mental block?

Asked by sap82 (704points) July 2nd, 2009

If you arent an athlete of the above sort you have no idea of what I am talking about.

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Facade's avatar

What’s giving you the block?

Kiev749's avatar

eventually it just takes courage and the determination to break through the block. it was really rough for me i blew my acl in my right knee. and i rushed through therapy. went back too soon and blew it out again. so then i took rehab seriously, gave it more than enough time to heal, strengthened it up a bit and the first time i hit the field… i froze. next thing i know, i’m on the ground. my teammates rush up to me “dude, you alright?” I said yeah, yeah i’m good. and we go on, the next play, same thing happens. my coach pulled me and talked with me after half and i got back out there and the first run i had i broke it for a 93 yard touchdown run.

If your coming back from any sort of injury, make sure your completely 100% healed from it. Have no fear of doing it again. You went through how much training to do what your able to do? How many times did you do it right before you got hurt? trust in yourself. You Got This.

gymnastchick729's avatar

I hate my stupid brain for this reason! I do gymnastics and I hate when I have that mental block and just can’t do that one thing for no apparent reason! Usually, I bribe myself. If I tell myself if I do this skill, I’ll get to eat ice cream or whatever. It works, most of the time, but when it doesn’t, just bring a guy you like to the gym. Most likely, you’ll do it just to impress someone.

GraceC's avatar

One thing that has really helped me is to just take a step back. You have to have a coach willing to do this, but if you just let yourself take that step back—and do it with a spot, or in a belt, or even just regular flyaways for a bit, you’ll get it back.

I had a mental block on a dismount once, and it also helped me to watch myself doing them on tape, too. Hang in there, you’ll get it back.

also Visualizing the skill really helped me. Just closing your eyes and picturing yourself doing the part that’s scary—over and over again. You can feel yourself be nervous the first few times you do it in your mind, then you slowly get calmer. It really worked for me.

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