Basically the “yips.” And it can be extremely dangerous. As a college cheerleader and *really bad* gymnast this would sometimes happen to me; I would bail out of a skill mid air and completely face-plant on the concrete, grass, court, wherever. It’s scary.
Simone Biles, relating to gymnasts worldwide here: "They saw it a little bit in practice. Having a little bit of the twisties."
The twisties. The absolute worst.
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