Ibero-American Journal of Exercise and Sports Psychology

STUDY OF MOTIVES FOR SPORTS PRACTICE

Abstract

Marco Alberto Núñez Ramírez, Roger Alejandro Banegas Rivero, Irma Guadalupe Esparza García, Altayra Geraldine Ozuna Beltrán, Yesenia Clark Mendívil

The motives are elements that can help explain behaviours. Likewise, these play a very important role in the understanding of sports practice. This is how, within the present investigation, it is explained -from the Needs theory- how these motives differ from each other, how they are associated and how they differ when considering groups of athletes (selected and unselected). For it, a sample of university students from northern Mexico was taken, using Student's t-test, repeated measures ANOVA and Pearson's correlation, which statistically corroborated two of the three hypotheses. It was concluded that the reasons for sports practice differ from each other; which did not happen when comparing two samples (selected and unselected). In addition, while these elements are associated in a significant and positive way, self-realization-view as a maximum need-can be considered as a dependent variable to understand the motivation of sports practice.

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