Motivation And Its Impact On Sports Essay

1935 Words Dec 8th, 2016 8 Pages
In this essay I will be discussing the motivations behind why people take part in sport and how this can vary from person to person depending on each individual’s situation. Motivation ‘is the ability to initiate and persist at a task’ (Taylor 2009), it is a term used to describe a person’s reason to do a particular thing or a way in which they do it; this can be linked in to all aspects of life. Motivation in sport would be to why someone does sport, a person may do sport due to the physical benefits in which it makes you a healthier person or the social benefits in that in helps you meet new friends. The motivations will be very much individual to or person and everyone will have their own personal reasons for participating in sport, however the reasons can be grouped into certain categories which then can be compared with others. The first type of motivation I will be looking into will be trait-centred view in which the ‘personality, needs, and goals of an exerciser are the primary determinants of motivated behaviour’ (Weinberg). I will then look into intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, which means whether motivation arises from outside factors (extrinsic) or inside, personal factors (intrinsic). Then finally looking into the need achievement theory, which refers to people with ‘a high need for achievement, seek to excel and thus tend to avoid both low risk and high risk situations’ (netmba).
Trait-centred view motivation means that a person’s motivation will come from…

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