Mental Blocks: What Parents and Coaches Need To Know with Dr Dave Tilley

In this week’s episode of the PerformHappy podcast, I had the incredible opportunity to sit down with one of my favorite gymnastics experts, Dr Dave Tilley from Shift Movement Science. Our discussion centered around a topic close to the hearts of many parents and coaches: mental blocks in young athletes.

We delved into the nuances of supporting young athletes who grapple with fear and mental blocks, particularly in sports like gymnastics, cheerleading, and figure skating. Dr Tilley shared invaluable insights into the dos and don’ts for parents navigating the challenges their children face in overcoming mental obstacles on the field or mat.

We discussed strategies that parents can employ to provide the best possible support for their athletes, emphasizing the importance of understanding and patience. It’s not always about pushing harder but rather fostering an environment of trust and encouragement.

One exciting highlight of our conversation was the announcement of the release of the audiobook “Parenting Through Mental Blocks: How to Get Your Happy Athlete Back.” This resource is a comprehensive guide for parents seeking practical advice on helping their young athletes overcome mental barriers and rediscover their joy in sports.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, where your young gymnast, cheerleader, or figure skater is struggling with a skill they can physically perform, I highly recommend checking out the book or the audiobook. You can find the direct link at 


So, whether you’re a parent, coach, or simply someone interested in the mental aspect of sports performance, this episode is packed with valuable insights and actionable advice. Tune in to the PerformHappy podcast to listen to our full conversation and empower yourself with the tools to support your young athlete’s journey to success.

In this episode, Coach Rebecca and Dr Dave Tilley talk about:

If Your Coach Doesn’t Listen to You Get a Better Coach.

What is a Mental Block?

Two Ways to Overcome Fears.

Don’t Make These 3 Parents and Coach Mistakes with Mental Blocks.

Coping with Disappointment.

How Parents can Navigate Emotions and Building Resilience in their Gymnast.

Strategies for Keep Mental Blocks Away. 

“Suppressed emotions don’t disappear they resurface in unexpected ways.” – Dr Dave Tilley

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