Why the study of motivation (in the physical domain) is still so motivating

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Pulling from research conducted in sport, physical education, and exercise-related activities, the aim of this presentation is to provide some observations regarding the study of motivation in these settings. Specifically, I will argue for (1) the importance of distinguishing between the quantity and quality of motivation, (2) the motivational significance of perceptions of competence and how that competence is construed, (3) going beyond variations in perceived competence in understanding motivation-related patterns, (4) the implications that motivational differences hold for health, (5) the need to integrate across theories of motivation, and (6) the relevance of motivational theories to the development and testing of interventions in the physical domain. It will be suggested that although progress has been made regarding this important and complicated topic, work in the area of motivation continues to provide intrigue and challenge!
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Issue numberSuppl
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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