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Bouncing Back After a Tough Competition

Bouncing Back After a Tough Competition


With any sport comes the opportunity for both triumphant wins and also tough losses. To succeed, athletes need to learn how to bounce back after a tough competition. Follow these tips to bounce back from adversity:


Take Time to Reflect


Acknowledge what worked, what went wrong, and what could be done differently next time. While reflecting, never let the team start blaming one another. It’s never just one cheerleader or one group’s fault. The team has to acknowledge that everyone has a part in the routine.


Get Back in the Gym


After you’ve taken time as a team to focus on what went wrong, you have to get back in the gym and work on getting things right next time. Make changes as needed, working on fine-tuning skills or altering routines.


Getting back in the gym isn’t just about making adjustments either; it’s also about rebuilding confidence.


Change Your Mindset


It’s easy to let defeat break down your confidence. Athletes need parents and coaches who take the time to praise effort and attitude in addition to outcomes. When cheerleaders are struggling with bruised egos, they need to know you will always be on their side, rooting for them and pushing them to be better.


Move On


Finally, don’t dwell on a tough loss. Turn it into an opportunity for improvement and then move on.



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Key Takeaways

  • Athletes need to learn how to bounce back after a tough competition.

  • Take time to reflect and acknowledge what worked, what went wrong, and what could be done differently next time.

  • Praise effort and attitude in addition to outcomes.

  • Turn a tough loss into an opportunity for improvement and then move on.




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