Preparing the USA Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Team for the 1988 Olympics: A Multimodel Approach

in The Sport Psychologist
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The following article explains the sport psychology program utilized with the USA Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Team. The program was developed in 1983 and was implemented over the past quadrennium. Both service and research delivery systems are explained as well as the organization of service delivery over the past 5 years. This multimodel approach to the systematic training of elite world-class female athletes is presented to illustrate the psychometrics, mental skill development, and group process techniques utilized within the U.S. Gymnastic Federation’s artistic program. Both organizational and philosophical components of service delivery are explained. The range of services and problems encountered are also discussed. Finally, a detailed account of service leading to the Olympic Games and the program’s effectiveness is presented.

Richard D. Gordin, Jr., is with the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Utah State University, Logan, UT 84322-7000. Keith P. Henschen is with the Department of Physical Education at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 84112.

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