Gymnastics is executed under tremendous pressure, perhaps more than any other sport. All eyes are on the competitive gymnasts, and the higher your level of competition, the greater the levels of stress and pressure.
Level five gymnasts will not feel the same level of pressure as a gymnast in the Olympic trials feels.
External pressure comes from outside sources like coaches, parents, and specific situations in competition. Internal pressure is the byproduct of negative thoughts and self-talk, perfectionist attitudes, and self-induced stress.
Pressure itself is a good thing. It is a necessary ingredient to achieve peak levels of performance.
Too little pressure makes you unable to perform mentally or physically. Too much pressure and your mind create negative and stressful thoughts. Your body tightens up, and performance is hindered.
Every athlete has an optimum level of pressure that helps them reach their peak performance.
By understanding this “pressure principle,” you can learn how to move your mind and body into the peak range of performance pressure.
Here is How it Works
Make an L-shaped line. Number it from one to ten under the horizontal line. Number it from one to ten to the left of the vertical line.
The horizontal line measures pressure. One represents little or no pressure, and ten represents tremendous pressure.
The vertical line measures performance. One represents low levels of performance, and ten represents high levels of performance. [Read more…]