Sport Psychology Library: Gymnastics

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A must-read for every gymnast, coach, parent, or fan, this book offers solutions to the mental and physical challenges gymnasts face in training, in competing, and in integrating the sport into their lifestyles. Included are tips from champions, strategies for approaching the apparatus, and exercises for self-assessment.

ISection I: Introduction

Section II: The Sport Psychology of Gymnastics

Section III: The Apparatus

Section IV: Relationships with Other People in Gymnastics

Section V: Dealing with Fear

Section VI: Dealing with Body Image and Eating Concerns

Section VII: The Role of Gymnastics in Your Life

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Acknowledgments xiii
Section I: Introduction 1
Chapter 1: An Introduction to the Mental Side of Gymnastics 3
Chapter 2: Getting Started: Learning the Basics in Gymnastics 7
Chapter 3: The Gymnastics Environment 11 Section II: The Sport Psychology of Gymnastics 17
Chapter 4: Playing the Mental Game of Gymnastics 19
Chapter 5: Learning to Psych Up or Calm Down: Using Relaxation and Energizing Strategies 25
Chapter 6: Using Mental Imagery to Picture Ideal Performances 39
Chapter 7: Positive Thinking: Making Your Mind Work for You 45
Chapter 8: Developing Focus: Honing Your Concentration Skills 51
Chapter 9: Goal Setting for Success 57 Section III: The Apparatus 61
Chapter 10: Vault (Men and Women): Vaulting to Success Using Mental Strategies 63
Chapter 11: Floor Exercise (Men and Women): Tumbling to the Top 69
Chapter 12: Uneven Parallel Bars: Getting Into the Swing of Things 75
Chapter 13: Balance Beam: Walking a Steady Line While Staying Focused and Relaxed 81
Chapter 14: Pommel Horse: Circling With Mental Skills 89
Chapter 15: Rings: Developing Your (Mental) Strength 93
Chapter 16: Parallel Bars: Using What’s Between Your Ears Between the Bars 95
Chapter 17: High Bar: Getting Into the Swing of Things II 99
Chapter 18: Simulating Competition 103
Section IV: Relationships With Other People in Gymnastics 109
Chapter 19: Parents 111 Chapter 20: Peter Vidmar’s Tips for Parents Raising Young Gymnasts 119
Chapter 21: Working With Your Coaches 125
Chapter 22: Coping With the Audience, Fans, and Media 131
Section V: Dealing With Fear 135
Chapter 23: Overcoming Mental Blocks 137
Chapter 24: Concerns About Injuries 143
Section VI: Dealing With Body Image and Eating Concerns 151
Chapter 25: Body Image and Awareness 153
Chapter 26: Eating Disorders 159
Section VII: The Role of Gymnastics in Your Life 171
Chapter 27: Balancing Your Life 173
Chapter 28: Keeping Fun in the Gymnastics Game 181
Chapter 29: Conclusion: Staying Tough in the Face of Disappointments 185
References 187
Index 189
Glossary of Terms 197