that are in need of improvement. Strategies designed to bolster those psychological
characteristics in need of improvement may then be implemented.
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.