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Article Number - 0F6B91D48645


Vol.5(6), pp. 66-71 , November 2014
DOI: 10.5897/JPESM2013.0181
ISSN: 1996-0794



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The relationships between motivation type and sport participation among students in a South African context



van Heerden CH
  • van Heerden CH
  • Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa.
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 Received: 18 November 2013  Accepted: 26 August 2014  Published: 30 November 2014

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Reasons for participation in sport differ and intrinsic motivation, extrinsic motivation and even amotivation can influence the decision. In the South African context, little research has been done on the differences of motivation among male and female students to participate in sport. This study sought to understand the relationship between certain motivation drivers and sport participation. It also explored the gender variable and whether there are differences between male and female athletes in terms of their motivation for participating in sport. A non-probability sample was used and 199 respondents participated. Results indicate that there was a negative correlation between amotivation and sport participation. Furthermore, it was found that there is a positive correlation between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. A last finding is that there are no significant differences between the gender groups and their motivation for sport participation. It is trusted that these finding will contribute to the subject area of sport and more specifically the relative similarity of gender motivations for participating in sport.

 

Key words: Sport participation, extrinsic motivation, intrinsic motivation, amotivation, gender, undergraduate students.

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APA van Heerden C. H. (2014). The relationships between motivation type and sport participation among students in a South African context. Journal of Physical Education and Sport Management, 5(6), 66-71.
Chicago van Heerden CH. "The relationships between motivation type and sport participation among students in a South African context." Journal of Physical Education and Sport Management 5, no. 6 (2014): 66-71.
MLA van Heerden CH. "The relationships between motivation type and sport participation among students in a South African context." Journal of Physical Education and Sport Management 5.6 (2014): 66-71.
   
DOI 10.5897/JPESM2013.0181
URL http://www.academicjournals.org/journal/JPESM/article-abstract/0F6B91D48645

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