Ibero-American Journal of Exercise and Sports Psychology

THE EFFECT OF A PSYCHOLOGICAL INTERVENTION PROGRAM ON THE SPORTS MOTIVATION OF SOCCER PLAYERS

Abstract

Ericka Matus, Jay Molino, Lorena Matus

The motivation for sports was evaluated in 25 soccer players of the men's team of the Universidad Especializada de las Américas before and after a Psychological Intervention Program. The intervention was performed during a 12-week session sport psychology program. The Sports Motives Scaleques (Butt, 1979) was used to evaluate 5 specific areas: conflict, rivalry, sufficiency, cooperation and aggression. This is a comparative, prospective and longitudinal study, with pretest-posttest pre-experimental research design of a single group. The average age of those selected athletes was 24 years (X̅=24.20, SD =4.64). The data was analyzed using SPSS © 24. A hypothesis test through the Wilcoxon statistic for related samples was performed. The obtained results allowed to conclude that there is a statistically significant difference, with 95% confidence, between the motivation observed before and after the intervention. In addition, differences were found among the 5 studied specific areas.

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