If you’re an aspiring cheerleader, you’ve probably wondered how to get over the fear of tripping. Fear of tumbling can paralyze a person’s dreams of being a cheerleader. Once you overcome your fear, cheerleading can be one of the most rewarding experiences in your life. Tumbling can be challenging but you can prepare mentally and physically for it. Here are some strategies to overcome your fear of falling.
Try journaling. A lot of athletes with a fear of falling have discovered that keeping a journal can help to realize their goals. This journal allows them to record their daily thoughts and conditioning, and they can even write positive things about themselves. Journaling can also help an athlete get through school work and improve their grades. When an athlete is able to work through a mental block, it opens up hidden parts of their personality and allows them to become a better athlete.
Increase your confidence. Your confidence in tumbling is 50% mental, 50% physical. Your confidence in yourself will increase your chances of succeeding and conquering fear. Ask yourself: “Is this a safe environment for me?”
Acknowledge the fear. It is important to recognize it and understand it so you can start using it as fuel for your goals. Your fear will be less powerful if you are open to admitting it and accepting it. You’ll eventually learn to use it to your advantage. Fear will no longer be a barrier to your success. And you’ll be more motivated than ever to take the next step.
Cheerleading is not without its mental challenges. You should be aware of their impact on your ability and willingness to tumble. After falling, some athletes are unable to recover. Others fall into a state of indefinite instability that repeats itself throughout their cheerleading careers. Ultimately, there’s no single solution to the issue. However, a coach’s perspective can be helpful.
Once you’ve identified the root cause of your child’s fear, it’s time to address it. Is your child afraid of falling because of past experiences? Is she lacking self-confidence or fear? This fear could be due to a weakness in a skill or a lack of coordination, strength, or an injury. These fears can be overcome by a coach who will help you to get past them.