Relationship Between Mental Blocks And Focus Issues/add??

Discussion in 'Skills' started by Aunie, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. DanaBurkey

    DanaBurkey I shimmy daily

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    I really love this thread. I am hoping to add the whole mental block struggle to one of the book in the cheerleading series at some point. To go with that, I had a few questions about the teams reaction to the block.


    In your experiences, how do other kids on the team react when someone is struggling? Are they also rallying around them, or does that make it worse? Also, have you ever seen someone face a block for a short time period like a few days or a week or two? Finally(sorry I have so many) did any of your CPs ever face a block at competition? Or do they tend to show up for the first time at the gym?

    Thanks so much, and sorry if I asked a LOT of questions.
     
  2. Charley

    Charley I'm new. Don't Hurt Me

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    In my personal experience, when a team member has a mental block, the whole team is supportive of the athlete, but not necessarily putting pressure on the athlete. I had a really bad mental block on some of my back tumbling skills for a few months, I could do the skills but could never have the courage to do them without my coach just standing there, and when I finally doing it myself the whole team would crowd around me, which in my opinion was sometimes more stressful than anything else.
    A few times I have been scared about pulling a skill for just one training, but most of the times my mental blocks have lasted about a month, but I think it depends on the school. Back handsprings generally have the longest time for mental blocks. Most of my mental blocks have been due to the fear of going backwards.
    At my first competition this year, I was suddenly terrified of pulling one of my tumbles right before we went into warmups, and I'll be honest and say that I did cry backstage. Besides this though, they mostly occurred at training.
     
  3. Keep_Believing

    Keep_Believing Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    In my opinion the athlete is usually hardest on themselves. Teammates usually know you don't need 100% tumbling to max out the score sheet.
     
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    In many cases anxiety disorders are confused as ADD. A proper diagnosis requires a careful and attuned assessment. I hope she is receiving treatment from someone who can look at the whole of the issue.

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