psychology – the Anger Trap

The Anger Trap: How did we get in? And how can we get out?

article – Technique magazine, by Bill Sands and associates, University of Utah

An excellent summary of why anger does not work long-term in the gymnastics setting. I think of this article every time I see a coach lose their cool in the gym.


If we want our athletes to perform to their potential, then we need to create a conducive learning environment in which they feel safe and secure and willing to take risks without angering the coach or risking the loss of his approval. Don’t get caught in the “Anger Trap.” There are too many negative side effects of using anger to manage behavior.

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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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