Motivational patterns as an instrument for predicting success in promising young football players

Zuber, Claudia; Zibung, Marc; Conzelmann, Achim (2015). Motivational patterns as an instrument for predicting success in promising young football players. Journal of sports sciences, 33(2), pp. 160-168. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/02640414.2014.928827

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Psychological characteristics are crucial to identifying talents, which is why these are being incorporated in today’s multidimensional talent models. In addition to multidimensionality, talent studies are increasingly drawing on holistic theories of development, leading to the use of person-oriented approaches. The present study adopts such an approach by looking at the influence that motivational characteristics have on the development of performance, in a person-oriented way. For this purpose, it looks at how the constructs achievement motive, achievement goal orientation and self-determination interact with one another, what patterns they form and how these patterns are linked to subsequent sports success. 97 top young football players were questioned twice. Another year later, it was enquired which of these players had been selected for the U15 national team. At both measuring points, four patterns were identified, which displayed a high degree of structural and individual stability. As expected, the highly intrinsically achievement-oriented players were significantly more likely to move up into the U15 national team. The results point to the importance of favourable patterns of motivational variables in the form of specific types, for medium-term performance development among promising football talents, and thus provide valuable clues for the selection and promotion of those.

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; Zibung, Marc Raphael and Conzelmann, Achim

Subjects:

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

ISSN:

0264-0414

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Funders:

[UNSPECIFIED] Schweizerischer Fussballverband SFV

Language:

English

Submitter:

Claudia Zuber

Date Deposited:

02 Jul 2014 09:07

Last Modified:

06 May 2019 18:20

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/02640414.2014.928827

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.53262

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/53262

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