PODCAST:Is Striving For Perfection A Good Thing In Gymnastics?"

LINK:  https://www.sport-excellence.co.uk/perfection-gymnastics/

Dr. Alessia Bruno and David discuss perfectionism in gymnastics as well as across other sports and walks of life.  We go on to look at healthy perfectionism, as well as the downsides to the trait where we share some advice for gymnasts, athletes in general, coaches and parents.

Key Learning Points

  • Gymnasts are judged on their performances which can go on to impact their self-esteem.
  • The intensity of their lives can mean some gymnasts run the risk of burnout.
  • Characteristics of rigidity and control can lead people to be more vulnerable to other people’s judgments.
  • Perfectionist traits can suck the fun out of sport.
  • Social approval can be a big problem for some athletes where they spend a lot of time worrying about what others think.
  • Striving for perfection can lead to excessive self-criticism.