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Comp Nerves

hollyvh

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Whenever I am at a competition, I get extremely nervous, to the point that I actually shake. It affects me most on beam, where I tend to wobble on every skill and dance, just because I am so nervous. At training I stick around 5 routines in a row, minimal wobbles, but it all falls apart at comp. I have states in a while so I am hoping someone will know a way to help. Thank you.
 
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OklahomaGymnast

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Like this definitely happens to me to and I think the best thing for me is when I am at practice like full on imagining I am at a meet because for me even thinking about meets makes me nervous at practice and you can work through that at the gym before you go to a meet. Another thing is not to be afraid to think about it EVERYTHING what your going to wear your warm ups everything so when you get to a competition it does not feel like anything new or intimidating.
 

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During the meet pretend it’s practice and pretend the judges aren’t there
 

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Just wondering, is there anything specific you are nervous about? (Low scores, falling, etc)
Try visualizing your routines before you go, that's what always helps me.
 

hollyvh

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Just wondering, is there anything specific you are nervous about? (Low scores, falling, etc)
Try visualizing your routines before you go, that's what always helps me.
A mix of both. I'm always scared I will fall, which will mean a low score. I am a perfectionist and quite competitive and when I perform worse than I know I am able to I get disappointed.
 

Sari

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I was like this at meets all throughout my gym career so I feel for you!

Visualization can really do wonders, if done consistently. You can go through your routine in your head wherever, and imagine yourself doing it perfectly. I would suggest doing it at practice too, even if you have no trouble there, so it takes the foreignness out of the competition setting a bit (you'll be doing the same thing [visualizing your routine before you do it] you do at practice which will tell your brain it's somewhat familiar with the situation).
If your coaches are willing, I also like to do pressure sets of routines with my gymnasts (as in we'll pretend we're at a meet, we'll get a coach with judge qualifications to sit next to the event looking really serious;), have the rest of the group make unexpected noises (like stomping, clapping, laughing, shouting), play floor music in the background, set a timer etc.).
 
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