The impact of the achievement motive on athletic performance in adolescent football players

Zuber, Claudia; Conzelmann, Achim (2014). The impact of the achievement motive on athletic performance in adolescent football players. European journal of sport science, 14(5), pp. 475-483. Abingdon, UK: Taylor & Francis 10.1080/17461391.2013.837513

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Researchers largely agree that there is a positive relationship between achievement motivation and athletic performance, which is why the achievement motive is viewed as a potential criterion for talent. However, the underlying mechanism behind this relationship remains unclear. In talent and performance models, main effect, mediator and moderator models have been suggested. A longitudinal study was carried out among 140 13-year-old football talents, using structural equation modelling to determine which model best explains how hope for success (HS) and fear of failure (FF), which are the aspects of the achievement motive, motor skills and abilities that affect performance. Over a period of half a year, HS can to some extent explain athletic performance, but this relationship is not mediated by the volume of training, sport-specific skills or abilities, nor is the achievement motive a moderating variable. Contrary to expectations, FF does not explain any part of performance. Aside from HS, however, motor abilities and in particular skills also predict a significant part of performance. The study confirms the widespread assumption that the development of athletic performance in football depends on multiple factors, and in particular that HS is worth watching in the medium term as a predictor of talent.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Science I

UniBE Contributor:

Zuber, Claudia and Conzelmann, Achim

Subjects:

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

ISSN:

1746-1391

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Claudia Zuber

Date Deposited:

20 Nov 2013 13:52

Last Modified:

09 Sep 2017 19:45

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/17461391.2013.837513

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PubMed ID:

24041313

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Achievement motivation, performance, football, motor skills, moderator/mediator models

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.39016

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/39016

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