Patterns of achievement-motivated behaviour as indicators for future performance in rowing

Schmid, Michael J.; Conzelmann, Achim; Zuber, Claudia (2019). Patterns of achievement-motivated behaviour as indicators for future performance in rowing. In: 15th European Congress of Sport & Exercise Psychology (pp. 43-44). Münster: Department of Sport and Exercise Psychology

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Talent identification in rowing is often solely based on anthropometric factors and performance variables (e.g. Bourgois et al., 2010), even though psychological characteristics are considered to be important contributors to successful talent development (e.g. MacNamara et al., 2010).
Since multidimensional talent models represent the state-of-the-art (Zuber et al., 2016), this project aimed to find patterns consisting of psychological and performance variables which can predict future success in rowing. In this study, 22 coaches rated at t1 the achievement-motivated behaviour (AMBIS-I; Zuber & Conzelmann, 2019) of 65 athletes (Mage = 17.2±1.55 years) for the past year. Additionally, the athletes performed several 2000m tests on the rowing ergometer during that same period. Afterwards, it was checked which rowers were selected for international regattas two years later (t2). We conducted a cluster analysis based on the variables proactivity, ambition, commitment and ergometer test performance at t1, then identified the transitions to the selections at t2.
The rowers could be assigned to five clusters (EESS% = 59.2; HCmean = 0.87). Although the athletes of the cluster “highly motivated rowers” were not the fastest on the ergometer at t1, they were significantly more likely to be selected for international regattas at t2 compared to the other clusters (OR = 5.04, p<.01). By contrast, all athletes of the cluster “ambitionless rowers” were either racing at club level or dropping out (OR = 6.35, p<.01).
Achievement-motivated behaviour can help to predict future performance in rowing. Thus, it is beneficial to select rowers not only based of anthropometric factors or performance results

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07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Psychology and Research Methods

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Schmid, Michael Johannes, Conzelmann, Achim, Zuber, Claudia


700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment
100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology


Department of Sport and Exercise Psychology




Michael Johannes Schmid

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24 Jul 2019 14:10

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05 Dec 2022 15:29




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