Mind Over Matter: Mental Blocks

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Gymnastics is a fun sport. It is thrilling, an adrenaline rush, and being a gymnast is something that makes life exciting. At the same time though, gymnastics can be a scary, dangerous sport. At anytime a mental block can form, and sometimes it could be the end of gymnastics for a gymnast. But I hope that if anyone reading this … Read More

Rips, What You Need to Know

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Photo Credit: Grand Forks Air Force Base Gymnastics Whether you have a gymnast, are a gymnast, or are interested in getting your child into gymnastics, there is one thing you will need to expect. Rips. What is a rip? A rip is something that is bound to happen in the sport of gymnastics. When a rip happens, the skin on the … Read More

10 Things Only Gymnastics Coaches Understand

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Life as a Gymnastics Coach If you are a parent of a gymnast, a retired gymnast wanting to coach, or someone new to the sport but are interested in coaching, it might be helpful to understand what a coach does. Coaching gymnastics is probably one of the most rewardable jobs to do. A coach is almost like a second parent … Read More

Things Only Gymnast’s Dads Understand

I will never forget the first gymnastics meet I ever went to: sparkly leos running around everywhere, different colored artificial roses to give to your gymnast, lines of gymnasts stretching, racks of GK leos being sold, the moms wearing team shirts to support their little one, different pins that state gymnastics levels, and of course- the excitement within the dads. … Read More

Meet Season is Here, What Camera to Use?

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Hooray! Your little gymnast’s meet season is finally here and she is super excited to compete against other teams. Your gymnast has been practicing all year round just for meet season and as one of her biggest fans; you have to decide which camera is perfect for capturing all her breathtaking moves. Luckily, I am here to tell you which … Read More

Gymnastics Meet Photography: The 10 Do’s and Don’ts

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Going to a competition and watching your gymnast do what they love is a rewarding experience for any parent. Most of the time you’re going to want to capture each and every moment that is going to happen. There are certain steps to be taken when photographing your gymnast. The DO’s Do take pictures of your gymnast! It will be … Read More

Signs Your Gymnast Needs a Sports Psychologist

Everyone knows and recognizes that gymnastics is a very physical sport, but not everyone understands how truly mental the sport is as well. It takes a lot of emotions for gymnasts to be able to do the things they do in the gym. For instance, dismounting from high bars, or tumbling through the air can’t be done without a bit … Read More

The 10 DO’s and DON’Ts of Gymnastics Private Lessons

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About four weeks before the state meet every year, the phone starts ringing off the hook and the calendar starts booking so tightly that to get a private lesson is nearly impossible. There are some very simple guidelines you can follow when you are considering private lessons because they are truly an investment in your child. Do Know The Policy … Read More

How to Cheer Up an Injured Athlete

No one likes to be injured. An injury can impact your life in many different ways; especially if you’re an athlete. Young athletes like gymnasts live and breathe their sport, which means when they are unexpectedly taken out of the sport with an injury, they are vulnerable to stress, fear, depression, and even a loss of identity. One of the … Read More

Understanding Sever’s Disease and Gymnastics

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Sever’s Disease can come on Quickly A few days before my daughter’s third gymnastics meet of the season, she began to complain of heel pain in her left foot. She’d been practicing hard and I just chalked it up to overuse. When the heel of the left foot began to swell, I still didn’t think much of it. We simply … Read More