"Gymnastics Psychology" holds the keys to unlock your potential!
"The more knowledge a coach can gain [in the principles of psychology] the more aware he can become of just what he is doing and why, the better he will be to function and assist his gymnasts." See "Psychology and the Gymnast," pg.5.
"The most psychological of all the events for women's artistic gymnastics is balance beam. Let's face it girls, the beam is a tricky challenge." See "On the Beam: A Gymnasts Guide for Staying There," pg. 227.
"There are parents who rejoice in their children's accomplishments no matter the outcome...On the other hand, there are those parents who think their child can never do well enough..." See "Parental Involvement in Competitive Gymnastics," pg. 263.
"How do I maintain motivation in the gym?" "How do I implement mental training into my program?" "How should I communicate with my gymnast's parents?" See Chapters 3, 4, 8, 9 & 11.
"What's the best way to prepare mentally before a meet?" "How do I deal with fears in training?" "Why do I feel 'butterflies' in my stomach?" See Chapters 5, 8 & 10.
"How involved should I be in my child’s gymnastics" "Should I attend every competition?" "What's the best way to support my child before and after a meet?" See Chapters 10 & 11.
WHAT Coaches, Parents & Gymnasts just like YOU are SAYING...
Understanding where and how to focus your time, energy and effort, are tools that will serve you in sport, business and life. Learning to focus on performance (things you have control over) instead of outcome (results over which you have no control) is a skill that I have seen make champion gymnasts and drive success both personally and professionally. ‘Gymnastics Psychology: The Ultimate Guide for Coaches, Gymnasts, and Parents’ immediately makes the “must read” list for parents and coaches of all sports.
~Mr. Bob Colarossi- Federation Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG); Former Gym Owner- Massachusettes Gymnastics Center
The sport of Gymnastics has always been about having a strong mind to support a strong body. In my career as a coach, whether I am working with a Level 4 or an Elite National Team Member, I find myself frequently returning to Doc’s papers, lectures, and articles. He manages to take complex topics and write in a way that is easily understood by the reader. His passion for gymnastics comes alive in his writing which really holds something for everyone-Coach, Gymnast, or Parent.
~Mr. Tony Retrosi- 2010 USA Gymnastics’ Educator of the Year Owner and Coach/Owner-Atlantic Gymnastics
The Drs. Massimo are truly experts in the psychology of performance, particularly in gymnastics. Dr. Joe has more than six decades in the field, and Sue is approaching four decades. This incredible time frame of experience as performers, educators, researchers, coaches, judges, and sport psychologists, far exceeds Anders Ericsson’s “10 year/10,000 hours of deliberate practice” rule for becoming an expert. In reading about the psychology of gymnastics, rest assured that you are learning from two of the very best in the world of gymnastics psychology.
~Leonard Zaichkowsky, Ph.D.- Boston University Professor of Education and Graduate Medical Sciences(retired) - Sport Performance Consultant for NBA, NHL, NFL, U.S., Canada, & Austrailian Olympic Teams and World Cup Soccer