I just came across this video that actually made my day. It's good stuff, mostly things that I already knew and that are repeatedly mentioned on this forum too, but you can never think about these issues too much. I want to be the coach that has the tools to help an athlete to overcome all these mental struggles.
I know something about fears and blocks, my gymnasts have had a good share on them. But today was a good day, since I can now officially say that all of my 4 "elite squad" level 3 (somewhat equivalent to level 8 or 9 in the US) athletes are happily doing and sticking their beam series (BHS-BHS) on the high beam! It has been a long road for sure for every one of them but now I can see that the anxiousness is almost gone and they can enjoy gymnastics again! And meet season starts in theree weeks, yay!