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Overcoming Fear of Injury in Gymnastics

Sports Parent: My 17-year-old daughter is a high-level competitive gymnast who recently accepts a scholarship to a NCAA division 1 university. She is a very talented level 10 gymnast, but has been stifled this season due to overwhelming fear. Here is an example: She has this tendency to predict a negative outcome half way through her Yurchenko vault routine and she hasn’t even been able to execute one to completion. She simply assumes she can’t make (the final layout) and fears embarrassing herself in front of others. For several months, she has been exhibiting this same approach to vault. She seems to play all the "what ifs" in her head now on each apparatus. The coaches get frustrated and say she is not working to her potential. I know this and my daughter knows it as well. Do you have any suggestions to help her deal with her fear? ... More