We often forget the power of our own thoughts. All day you have a running dialogue in your head, whether it’s giving yourself a motivational pep-talk or running through different scenarios of what you’re going to say or do. That voice in your head is always there.
The tool I’m going to discuss in this post is one I firmly believe every athlete should be using. As a competitor, I reaped the benefits from using it, as a coach I’ve helped my gymnasts develop and learn skills with it and in my role providing sports psychology support I’ve helped athletes build their confidence and control their anxiety by using it. The tool I’m talking about is imagery, or some of you may know it better as visualisation.
For some athletes competing can be a nerve-wracking and stressful experience. Every athlete experiences nerves – if they don’t, then they probably aren’t ready for competition. Even the fastest man ever to live, Usain Bolt, couldn’t sleep before races! However, the nerves associated with competition can have a debilitating effect on performance. Why can competing be such a hard thing to do? Why do some athletes crumble under the pressure?
One great thing about the League is that we get to speak to some incredible people from the sport – past and present. We caught up with Kirsten Lawton, former member of Team GB and second female trampolining Olympian. Here is what she had to say:
What a weekend! The 11th – 12th June saw a record number of gymnasts make their way across the border into Wales to kick off the League Series 2017 presented by Flip Out.
Cecil Paul Studios has recently confirmed another year as the official photographer for the Trampoline & DMT League events making 2017 their 4th year of partnership.
As the world becomes ever more digital, it would seem that even trampolining is following suit. The new version of an app called ‘Trampoline Assistant’ has been released. The app supports how a coach keeps a record of every competitor under their care and the League got a chance to have a play around with newest update before the release.
Having supported the Trampoline & DMT League as the equipment provider since its formation in 2014, Gymaid has recently confirmed a fourth year as the official trampoline equipment supplier for the 2017 League Series.
Leading international brand, Flip Out, have announced a long-term agreement to come on board as presenting partner for the Trampoline & DMT League.