The effects of the positive and negative expectations of gymnastics coaches can dominate everything about a gymnast’s prospects and career.
Athletes in every sport at least have heard the concept of competing in the zone, but there are some differences to competing in the gymnastics zone.
Gymnastics coaches cannot be “do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do” coaches because gymnasts are watching and learn as much from watching coaches as from what they say.
Coaches know better, or should, than to ignore or do minimal mental training and to not utilize what are the most effective mental training techniques.
Words matter & even a single positive or negative statement spoken by a coach can have incredible power & effect on a gymnast’s entire life. Choose wisely!
Positive affirmations are often a tool prescribed for improving confidence and success in athletes. The problem is that many don’t understand their use.