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Why Simone Biles Getting ‘the Twisties’ Was So Terrifying and What Recovery Could Look Like

This is clearly not a matter of an athlete struggling with technical aspects of a skill or not being physically prepared. There’s something else at work here.

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Ten Athletes Who Got the Yips—and How Their Careers Turned Out

Some get over it; some are never the same.

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Baseball Was My Life. Then I Stopped Being Able to Throw the Ball.

It’s called the yips, and it’s a sudden inability to play. I had to find my way out of it.

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Twisties and Yips: Simone Biles Reveals a Powerful Mind-Body Connection

“We are not really good at fully understanding the relationship between the brain and the mind, or the brain and performance."

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Yes, You Can Beat the Yips. Here’s How, According to a Star Putting Coach

The yips are a nasty ailment. They—along with the shanks—can appear out of nowhere and absolutely derail a golfer’s otherwise solid game. And worst of all, no one is safe from their wrath.

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What’s Happening Inside Simone Biles’ Brain When the ‘Twisties’ Set In?

A complex system in the brain that keeps gymnasts balanced can get out of whack.

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Why Do Top Athletes Suddenly Develop “the Yips”—a Tendency to Choke under Pressure?

One suggested explanation is a neurological condition called focal dystonia that results in involuntary muscle contractions when performing a motor task and tends to affect a muscle group that is used frequently and repeatedly.

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Like Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka, I’ve Stepped Away from Competition Because of Performance Anxiety.

Out in the chalk circle, my vision became tunneled, my stomach tied in knots, and I felt like I couldn’t hear anything but my own racing thoughts.

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Jose Altuve, the Yips, and Some Sympathy for the Astros

Every baseball player fears the affliction, the sudden mental block that prevents them from making a routine throw. It goes by a funny name—the yips—but it is invisible and terrifying.

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