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USA Gymnastics has gathered lots of articles on a variety of topics to help parents get all the information they need about both the sport of gymnastics and having a child involved in the sport.  View the most recent articles below or use the links to view all articles within a given category.

Recent Articles

How Parents Can Manage their Own Sport Anxiety

By TrueSport
If you’re an athlete’s parent or guardian, you likely feel the same pre-competition nerves and jitters that your athlete does. You may notice that in the minute before the competition starts, your heart beats just a bit faster, or you struggle to sleep soundly the night before Nationals. That’s normal, but your anxiety can unfortunately have negative impacts on your young athlete if you don’t find ways to regulate it.

How Athletes Can Support Concussion Recovery with Nutrition

By TrueSport
Unfortunately, young athletes may find themselves on the sidelines for days, weeks, or even full seasons after concussions. As a parent or coach, you can help your athlete by ensuring that they focus on the things that they can control in the healing process, like their nutrition.

How to Cope with Disappoints in Sport

By TrueSport
Maybe you’ve heard your coach tell you to ‘walk it off’ or ‘shake it off’ when something went wrong during a game, or you lost a critical competition. While that advice is usually coming from a well-intentioned place, unfortunately, it makes many athletes feel like it’s not right to feel sad, mad, or disappointed.

Is My Young Athlete Mentally Well? When and How to Intervene

By TrueSport
Coaches and parents should be on the lookout for signs that an athlete’s mental health is suffering, and while they may not be equipped to help the athlete, guardians can help connect an athlete with the right professionals.

How to Ask DEI Questions that Lead to Healthy Conversations

By TrueSport
Bringing up topics like race, gender, sexuality, religion, or class can be intimidating and uncomfortable as a coach. But in many cases, staying silent on those topics can alienate athletes on your team, and make them feel as though they aren’t being understood. These conversations can be difficult, but they’re critical.