Top 10 Reasons Why Gymnasts Get Mental Blocks

Research has found issues with “lost skills” or “mental blocks” in many sports Mental blocks can happen in running, javelin throwing, baseball/softball pitching, soccer, hurdling, golf, tennis, trampoline, and of course gymnastics. I’ve even seen singers “lose their voice” in a similar way. No matter what…

What is a Sport Psychologist?

Rebecca Smith, MA Sport Psychology What is a Sport Psychologist? According to the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), “A sport psychologist is someone who is trained in clinical or counseling psychology to provide individual or group therapy relative to a broad range of behavioral…

How to help your teenager open up

This also falls into the category of: how to help someone who doesn’t want your help. Adolescents and teens are being told what to do all day, every day.  Their natural reaction is to push back, especially against their parents.  One of the primary needs of…

4 ways to beat the pre-race nerves

You know the feeling of going up a rollercoaster? That “click… click… click” of the climb. Your heart starts to pound, you get butterflies, a lump in your throat, you tense up, start to sweat, your chest tightens… the anticipation builds… And then, weeeeeee! Down…

How to get motivated

GET MOTIVATED! 101 easy ways to JUST KEEP SWIMMING There’s a reason you started swimming.  There’s a reason you keep training.  But sometimes, especially if you haven’t gotten a best time in a while, and it’s 4:45am, it’s hard to feel motivated. “I wouldn’t say anything…