How or Does Motivation Affect Performance

Psychology pays special attention to the sports motivation. This is the main driving force allowing achieving new goals for athletes. People engaged in sports conduct purposeful psychological work, motivating themselves with the help of internal and external factors. In fact, the motivation for any activity is to identify and fix new incentives and use them competently by persons who want to improve their results, including the performance at sports competitions. The purpose of this study is to determine the role of motivation for athletes, its importance and impact on the performance of people in general. It is obvious that motivation is the most important psychological element of any activity, but researchers treat its role in sports in different ways.

Literature Review

The article titled “Motivation and Performance in Physical Education: An Experimental Test” was published in 2010 by the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine. As the main goal of the study, the authors chose an analysis of the relationship between motivation and its effect on both physical education and the education of children in general. The researchers conducted a global and detailed study, interviewing more than 360 students aged 12 to 16 years. The results of this work were used by other scientists and pushed them to new research. It should also be noted that the article is large in volume, has a detailed structure, and a competent narrative.

As a result of the study, the authors concluded that students who engage in sports activities have a much higher internal motivation. The research revealed that athletes have a higher performance than those who do not engage in physical activities on a regular basis. The authors also concluded that doing sports increases the concentration of students, their discipline, and productivity in general. The researchers have proved that motivation in the context of sports can have a strong influence on the achievements of students.

Assessing the source in terms of the benefits of the article, it can be used as one of the main ones to support the arguments. It includes the results of the authors’ own research, provides up-to-date statistical data and uses authoritative publications as references. A detailed structure and simple narration simplify the work with text content and make the work on the study simpler and more effective.

The article “Motivation Measures in Sport: A Critical Review and Bibliometric Analysis” was published in 2017 in The Journal of Frontiers in Psychology. The authors of the article are experienced psychologists who also have a number of other works published in this and other journals. The article aims to assess the six most popular methods of motivation in sports. The purpose of the source is to highlight the findings of the authors’ own research, which consisted in conducting a survey of students in terms of the impact of motivation on the development of student abilities, not only physically but also emotionally.

The authors came to some significant and unique conclusions that can be used in future work to confirm the main and secondary arguments. The study showed that IMI (internal motivation inventory) is the most popular and effective way of motivation among students who are athletes. The least effective way is SMS (scale sports motivation). As a completion of the work, the authors provided their own recommendations for using the results of the research in practice.

Despite the overestimated article expertise, as well as the apparent weak structure and use of outdated sources in some cases, the article is a valuable source of data for writing a work. Thanks to the unique background of the writing, the expertise of its authors, and summing up interesting results, it is possible to use the results and main points of the article to write a paper. The researchers paid serious attention to the impact of motivation on the effectiveness, productivity and overall academic performance of students.

The Journal of Sports Science and Medicine published the peer-reviewed scientific article “Participation Motivation and Student’s Physical Activity among Sport Students in Three Countries” in 2013. Its authors are experienced researchers in the field of sports activity and in the matter of motivation in particular. The article is relatively short, has eight pages, and, therefore, is concise and contains a minimum of background information. Nevertheless, however, the text content of the study is informative, has a large amount of statistical data and calculations carried out using the ANOVA method.

The main goal of the work was to study the differences in the motivational plan between students athletes of the three countries, namely Slovenia, Croatia, and Germany. The authors selected 390 students to conduct a research to determine the degree of interest in sports among students. It was found that there are six factors influencing the motivation of students, such as playing sports with friends, trends, fitness, social status, sports events, and relaxation. In addition, the authors concluded that male athletes are much more motivated than women.

Despite its shortness, the article is informative and has valuable and unique data that can be used to write a research paper. The study also touches on the question of the influence of motivation on the performance of athletes in the context of gender, which is an important issue, which, however, is ignored by other studies. In general, the research provides a significant support for writing a paper.

The article “Students Motivation for Sports and Their Evaluation of School” was published in 2013 in The SportLogia Journal. It contains 10 pages of clearly structured text, tables, and diagrams, which, in turn, represent a graphic display of text content for better perception and acceleration of information processing. As in most cases, the author conducted their own research based on a survey of 312 primary school students aged 8 to 14 years. The main purpose of the article was to determine the extent to which motivation influences the athletic achievement of students.

The author came to several promising and unique conclusions. First, it was proved that there are three motivational profiles, such as internal motivation, joint motivation, and external motivation. The author stressed that the superiority of one of these three profiles determines the overall degree of motivation of children and their dedication to sports activity. Suzić concluded that, in most cases, students are engaged in sports for two reasons, namely, pleasure and self-improvement.

The work has valuable data, despite carrying out research in a specific environment (Bosnia and Herzegovina). Nevertheless, it can be argued that external global factors do not have a significant impact on the motivation of students to engage in sports. The author’s conclusions are unique and well-founded, as well as confirmed by external sources. This makes this article useful for a research paper.

The Journal of Physical Education and Sport Management published a small academic study entitled “The Relationships between Motivation Type and Sports Participation among Students in a South African Context” in 2014. It has 6 pages, and investigates such questions as internal motivation, external motivation, and amotivation. The author also describes the role of motivation depending on gender. However, the greatest emphasis is placed on amotivation as one of the types of motivation to engage in sports.

The results of this study suggest that there is a negative correlation between amotivation and involvement in sports activities among students. However, internal and external motivation have a positive impact on the performance of students. Finally, another important conclusion is that the author found that motivation is the same for both men and women. Since many other studies have come to opposite conclusions, this paper can serve as a source of counterargument for a future work.

The study has contradictory conclusions, which, however, are of a great value because of this. A significant drawback of the article is the use of obsolete sources to support the main arguments. Nevertheless, the author conducted his own research and a survey of students involved in sports activities. The results of the study are also unique and challenge other studies. The use of such points in research work will make it more informative and complex.

The article Motives for Sport Participation as Predictors of Motivation Outcomes in Trach and Field: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective” was published in a peer-reviewed journal of sports in 2008. The aim of the study was to determine the relationship between the theory of self-determination and the model of motivation of Wallerand. Researchers conducted a survey of 159 students athletes, assessing the motivation for playing sports, the impact of motivation on performance and effectiveness, as well as the influence of sports on general behavior and academic performance.

As in most other studies, the authors came to the conclusion that amotivation is one of the most significant factors hampering the performance of students. However, the researchers emphasized that internal and external motivation does not have a significant influence on the relationship between the Wallerand model and the theory of self-determination.

In general, the source has a valuable data and conclusions the main points of which can be used in writing the work. The authors came to ambiguous conclusions and evaluated the impact of motivation on performance from a new point of view. A large amount of statistical data, the use of current external sources and the professional background of the researchers give a reason to believe that the article is reliable and authoritative.

The study described in the article “Sports Motivation – A Comparison between Adult Football Players Competing at Different Levels” was conducted in 2008 and published in the Journal of Psychology of Sport. Its main goal was to identify and compare the objectives of achievement, self-determination, and persuasion of sports competence, depending on the age of the athletes. The authors paid attention to such groups of athletes as professionals, semi-professionals, and amateurs. Evaluation of the degree of motivation depending on the age of the target audience is a unique and valuable approach.

The authors concluded that, on the one hand, amateur players, that is, representatives of the younger group, are much more subjected to amotivation than older players. Consequently, amateurs are not always sure of the stability of their sports activity. On the other hand, professionals and semi-professionals have much higher rates of motivation and are firmly convinced of the stability of their sporting activity (Sarmento, Catita, & Fonseca, 2008). Simply put, the older audience has a higher degree of motivation than the younger, although initially, the authors assumed the opposite thought.

Despite its small size and simplicity of narration, the source is of a great value due to the direct purpose of the study. This is one of the few articles available that explores the issue of motivation depending on the age of the athletes. The study has a strong structure, uses high-quality and authoritative external sources to support the main arguments, which makes it a reliable source of content.

A study described in the article “Motivation and Its Implications in Sports Performance” carried out by Cucui and Cucui and published by The Journal of Civilization and Sport, was aimed at determining the influence of external and internal motivational factors affecting the performance of students. The writing contains four pages of clear informative text. This study is effective due to not only a unique goal but also to a strict and efficient structure, the availability of tables and bullet points.

The authors concluded that external factors depend on the basic needs of people, social components, and education. It was also revealed that professional sports is the most important environment for motivation, and for professional athletes, motivation plays a decisive role in performance. The authors emphasized that professional athletes do not have the opportunity to support themselves in due form if the motivation is not high enough. Finally, the researchers derived the concept of stimulating motivation, which is achieved with the help of a coach.

Evaluating the article, it is not informative enough for such an extensive issue. The authors could pay more attention as well as pages to make the study more informative. Nevertheless, the scholars paid attention to the connection between social factors and motivation that many other researchers did not do. Therefore, the use of the results of this article can be useful for confirming both the main and minor arguments in the work.

The purpose of the study “External and Internal Sport Motivations for Young Adults” was to identify and assess the motivation among young athletes. For this, the authors conducted a survey of 600 people aged 17-19 years. The article contains a large number of tables, has a clear structure and the use of authoritative sources. The authors evaluated the degree of influence of motivation on the health of athletes, their performance, as well as academic performance. As a result of the study, it was possible to establish that the development of physical strength and endurance are the main motivational factors for men. For women, the role of motivation is the external adequacy and the opinion of others. Both sexes believe that motivation affects performance, therefore, a healthy lifestyle and a better appearance.

This peer-reviewed academic article is of a great value when writing a paper. The authors paid much attention to details, as well as the use of authoritative sources. In general, the article is informative and concise, which will simplify and speed up the work on the research paper. The article “The Impact of Motivation on Athletic Achievements: A Case Study of the 18th National Sports Festival, Lagos, Nigeria” consisted in assessing the degree of influence of motivation on the overall performance of athletes during the 18th National Sports Festival in Nigeria. The authors paid attention to assessing such factors as the social security of athletes, facilities, and sports equipment, as well as awards.The authors concluded that during the competition, sports administrators and coaches rely on physical training in the first place, while the athletes’ motivation plays a secondary role. In addition, the researchers established a relationship between an athlete’s failure and his or her motivation for the future performance. Unlike all previous studies, this work is based on a specific case that is at a sporting event in Nigeria. This makes the source a very valuable database, and, therefore, makes it efficient for writing a research work. Moreover, the authors proposed their own ways of increasing motivation among athletes which maker this article not only unique, but also practical.

The literature review showed that motivation plays an important role for any person, but for athletes, it is the most important factor. It was found out that different authors are looking at the question of sports motivation and its role in the performance in different ways. There is various information about the role of external and internal motivation, the degree of motivation of athletes depending on gender. In addition, researchers assess the role of defeat for athletes in different ways; some believe that defeat plays the role of a motivator, while others accept defeat as a demotivating factor that adversely affects performance. Finally, one of the most important disagreements in terms of motivation is age. Some researchers emphasize that motivation is the highest among professional athletes, while other scientists believe that amateurs have a much higher degree of motivation. A large number of uncertainties give grounds for conducting a study in which it is necessary to pay attention to the issue of motivation regarding gender and age, and determining the role of defeat.