Gymnastics Psychology: The Ultimate Reference Guide for Coaches, Athletics and Parents

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Morgan James Publishing, Oct 1, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 334 pages
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Standing the test of time, "Gymnastics Psychology" is the ultimate reference guide which holds the keys to the challenges of working with young people in gymnastics. For the first time, an entire collection of papers on "Gymnastics Psychology" by Drs. Joe Massimo and Sue Massimo, is available to athletes, coaches, and parents across the globe. Whether you are a beginning competitor or Olympian, coach or gym owner, judge or parent, you'll find the answers to many of your questions and the keys to realizing oneÕs peak potential in the sport of gymnastics. Are You Ready to Improve Your Gymnastic Performances? Do You Want to Enhance Your Coaching Skills? Are You Concerned about Your Involvement in Your Child's Athletics? If you answered "YES" to any of the questions above, then "Gymnastics Psychology" holds the keys to unlocking the potential to your success. "Gymnastics Psychology" takes a comprehensive look at the factors that are necessary for training champions while emphasizing concern for the athleteÕs psychological status, regardless of the level of achievement. The easy-to-follow articles cover the interpersonal relationships of coaches and athletes, psychological issues pertaining to motivation and fear management, meet preparation and goal setting, as well as vital family, school and peer relationships. "Gymnastics Psychology" is understandable and expertly captures the excitement of the field while explaining basic concepts and principles while showing how they can be applied in the gymnastic setting. So, whether you are a coach, gymnast, or parent, this collection of articles by the authors provides you with definitive insight in the areas of psychological development and competitive behaviors that are critical to success.
 

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Contents

BRIDGING HISTORY AND RESEARCH
1
Psychology and the Gymnast
2
The Role of a Psychologist in a National Training Program
6
Personality and the Gymnast
10
Competence and Coaching Style
15
Psychological Characteristics ofJr Elite Gymnasts
22
COACHING PSYCHOLOGY
26
Part IPhilosophy
27
Reasons for DroppingOut Prematurely
158
COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE PERFORMANCE VARIABLES
163
RightBrained Gymnasts in LeftBrained Gyms
164
Part IAttention
170
Part IIStress Arousal
177
MASTERING MENTAL GYMNASTICS
182
The Late Movies A Young Gymnasts Guide to Mental Imagery Training
183
Mental Gymnastics Training For Competition
189

Part IIPrinciples
32
Coaching Commandments
39
Part IThe Role ofAdult Authority
40
Part IIDemocratic Leadership
45
Safety Psychology In the
50
A Personal Code of Conduct
53
COACHGYMNAST INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS
58
A Model for CoachGymnast Communication
59
Listening and Leveling
64
A Coachs Guide to NonVerbal Communication
69
I Have a Problem with My Coach
73
Abuses ofAnger In the
78
Gender Differences In Dependency Conflicts
83
Male CoachFemale Gymnast
87
UNDERSTANDING MOTIVATION
90
Part IMotivation Sources
91
Part IIExtrinsic Motivation
95
Part IReinforcement
99
Part IISelfEvaluation
102
Locus of Control And Coach Effectiveness
106
OVERCOMING AND MANAGING FEAR
111
Fear Survey And Coaching Implications
112
Im Afraid
116
Im Afraid to Coaching Strategies
121
Dear Doc Fears Falls
125
Understanding Overcoming And Coping with Fear
129
PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING
134
Promoting SelfEsteem
135
Help Im in a Slump
139
Defense Mechanisms And Gymnastics
145
A Psychosomatic Illness
148
Psychological Recovery From Injury
153
Goal Setting Guidelines
195
My Goal is to A Gymnasts Plan
198
Using Goal Setting as a Coaching Tool
203
Top 10 Tips to Goal Setting
207
PSYCHOPHYSICAL TRAINING
208
Notes for Beginners Physical and Mental WarmUp
209
ConditioningIts so Frustrating
212
Using NonVerbal Art Forms to Facilitate Training
217
A Gymnasts Guide for Staying There
220
Top 19 Tips to Staying on the Beam
227
A PsychoPhysical Guide to Training Full Routines
228
MEET PREPARATION AND COMPETITION
233
The Impact of Psychological Factors in Gymnastics Judging
234
A Gymnasts Guide for Demonstrating Confidence
237
Butterflies and PreMeet Anxiety
242
Putting Your Best Foot Forward
249
Meet Presentation Guidelines
253
BALANCING FAMILY SCHOOL AND PEER RELATIONSHIPS
257
My Daughter The Competitive Gymnast
259
Parental Involvement in Competitive Gymnastics
263
Parenting Commandments
265
School Peers and Gymnastics
266
Changing Gyms Pitfalls and Strategies
270
The Decision to Quit
276
A Critical Decision
281
Elite Level Gymnastics And Reality
286
Afterword
291
Bonuses
293
About The Authors
295
List OfArticles By The Authors
299
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Dr. Joe Massimo began his career in gymnastics in the 1950Õs and has remained active in the sport as a competitor, judge, clinician, and coach to both menÕs and womenÕs teams. After receiving his Doctorate from Harvard in Clinical and School Psychology, he was the first psychologist to be appointed to a United States National Coaching Staff. He has since been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs Sports Medicine Council and the USA Gymnastics Region VI as well as being appointed to the USA Gymnastics National Athlete Wellness Network as a Sport Psychologist. Dr. MassimoÕs clinical work in psychology has been published in every major journal in the U.S. and has published articles and books about psychology and gymnastics for the past 30+ years. He has appeared on BostonÕs WGBH and in the Boston Globe and continues to coach, lecture, host competitions and clinics for gymnasts, their parents, and coaches across the nation.

Dr. Sue Massimo received her Doctorate from Boston University in Sport Psychology and Human Movement while conducting several research studies on the psychological attributes of young competitive gymnasts. She was a competitor, judge, clinician, and team coach for both womenÕs and menÕs gymnastics as well as elite gymnasts. As an assistant to the Sports Medicine Council of the United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs working with the National Junior Elite Development Program, she served as a Sport Psychology Clinician providing psychological skills training to junior elite gymnasts as well as informative sessions for their parents and coaches. As a published author, her research and insightful articles have appeared in a variety of magazines, books, and journals.

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