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Striking a Balance: 7 Tips For Young Gymnasts to Manage School, Friends, and Sport

July 13th, 2023 | 4 min. read

Striking a Balance: 7 Tips For Young Gymnasts to Manage School, Friends, and Sport
Kayla Brook

Kayla Brook

Licensed Physical Therapist, PT, DPT // Dry Needling Certified // Orthopedic Certified Specialist // EW Motion Therapy Homewood

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Gymnastics is an incredible sport that demands dedication, discipline, and determination. You have already shown extraordinary commitment to your craft as a young gymnast. However, balancing the demands of gymnastics with other obligations like school and friends can sometimes feel overwhelming. But don’t worry - many resources are available to help you care for your body and mind as you pursue excellence in and out of the gym. You can always go to your coach or other trusted professionals for advice, including a physical therapist. We love helping our young gymnasts at EW Motion Therapy succeed by helping them progress their skills and encouraging them not to push their bodies beyond what they can handle. Even if you decide that our services do not fit your needs, you can still read on as we explore some valuable tips to help you find harmony and succeed in all areas of your life. 


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Prioritize and plan

Maximizing your time is critical to finding a healthy balance. Begin by identifying your priorities, such as schoolwork, training sessions, and spending time with friends. Use a planner or digital calendar to map out your schedule, allowing you to visualize and allocate time to each area. By planning, you can avoid last-minute stress and ensure you dedicate ample time to every aspect of your life.


Communicate and collaborate

Open and honest communication is vital when juggling multiple obligations. Talk to your parents, coaches, and teachers about your schedule, commitments, and challenges. Discuss your goals and aspirations in gymnastics and academics, seeking their support and understanding. By involving the essential people in your life, you can work together to find creative solutions and strike a balance that suits everyone.


Establish a routine

Routines provide structure and stability, allowing you to streamline your activities and optimize your time. Create a daily routine around your training with specific blocks for schoolwork, rest, and socializing. By sticking to a routine, you will develop good time-management habits and avoid unnecessary stress caused by procrastination or last-minute cramming. Remember, consistency is vital.


Time management techniques

Employ effective time management techniques to make the most of your limited time. One popular method is the Pomodoro technique, where you work for 25 minutes uninterrupted, followed by a five-minute break. Repeat this cycle four times and then take a longer break. This technique helps maximize focus and productivity while giving you regular intervals for rest and rejuvenation. If you like to work to music, there are many Pomodoro study playlists on YouTube.


Multitasking mindfully

While managing your time is essential, it's equally crucial to be mindful of how you divide your attention. When engaged in an activity, strive to be fully present and avoid multitasking as much as possible. For example, when studying, allocate dedicated, distraction-free time, free from the temptation of social media or phone notifications. By giving your undivided attention to each task, you'll achieve better results and reduce the need for extra time.


Embrace self-care

Amidst the hustle and bustle of training, academics, and socializing, it's essential not to neglect self-care. Remember to prioritize your physical and mental well-being. Ensure you sleep well, eat a balanced diet, and take time for relaxation and leisure activities. Taking care of yourself will enhance your overall performance, prevent burnout, and contribute to a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.


Make the most of your support system

Surround yourself with a robust support system of family, friends, and mentors who understand and appreciate your commitment to gymnastics. Lean on them during challenging times, seek guidance, and allow them to cheer you on. Sharing your experiences and seeking advice from those who have gone through similar situations can provide valuable insights and encouragement.


Balancing school, friends, and sport is undoubtedly challenging for a young gymnast. However, you can successfully navigate these demands with careful planning, effective time management, and open communication. Remember, finding harmony doesn't mean sacrificing one area for another but rather creating a well-rounded life that allows you to thrive in all aspects. By implementing these tips and embracing the journey, you'll develop skills that extend far beyond the gymnastics mat, supporting your success in every endeavor. We encourage healthy balance in all our young gymnasts at EW Motion Therapy, no matter your skill level. If you are curious about what physical therapy can do for you, click the button below to download our answers to 20 frequently asked questions.

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