The role of motivation in talent selection and ­development in competitive sport

Schmid, Michael J.; Schmid, Jürg; Zuber, Claudia (2021). The role of motivation in talent selection and ­development in competitive sport. SEMS-Journal. Sport & Exercise Medicine Switzerland, 69(2), pp. 17-21. rubmedia AG 10.34045/SEMS/2021/16

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The early and long-term development of promising young athletes is a decisive factor in being internationally competitive in top-level sports. Among the multitude of talent criteria suggested in the literature, motivation plays a prominent role in the area of psychological characteristics. It is recognised in practice and research as a relevant criterion for performance development across all sports. This article provides an overview of the current state of talent research in the field of motivation. First, the most common theories of motivation in competitive sports are described, then different measurement methods and their advantages and disadvantages as well as the predictive value of motivation for athletic performance are discussed. Finally, implications for practice are suggested. It can be summarised that motivation in sport is conceptualised and operationalised in different ways and that the decision for the right measurement instrument depends on the goal of the assessment. To get a comprehensive picture of an athlete’s motivational status, it is useful to assess several aspects of motivation through different methods

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Journal Article (Review Article)


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

UniBE Contributor:

Schmid, Michael Johannes, Schmid, Jürg (B), Zuber, Claudia


700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment




rubmedia AG




Edith Desideria Imthurn

Date Deposited:

25 Jun 2021 07:59

Last Modified:

29 Mar 2023 23:37

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

Talent selection, talent development, motivation, sport psychology, literature review




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