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that are in need of improvement. Strategies designed to bolster those psychological

characteristics in need of improvement may then be implemented.

Further Studies

It is clear that competitive gymnastics could benefit from more research

involving psychological descriptions of the athletes. It would be interesting to see the

same type of research involve the coaches of these athletes. In other words, how

would the coping skills of gymnastics coaches compare with those of their athletes?

Another study that could prove invaluable would be to retest the gymnasts after

strategies designed to bolster those psychological characteristics that needed

improvement had been implemented. It might be discovered that gymnasts who

received psychological training strategies in specific areas would become much more

adept competitors. After all, athletes and coaches continually invest extra work and

time on difficult or problem areas in the gymnast’s routines. Why not invest the same

effort on difficult or weak areas in the psychological aspects of the gymnasts training?

Limitations of the Study

One of the limitations of this study was that only female gymnasts were

involved as participants. The results might be different for male gymnasts. Therefore,

research should be done involving male gymnasts.

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