2015, Volume 11, Issue 1
Motivational dimensions of taekwondo practitioners
Marcos Filipe Guimarães Pinheiro1, André Gustavo Pereira de Andrade2, Guilherme de Sousa Pinheiro3, Franco Noce2
1Nucleus of Bioscience, Centro Universitário Metodista Izabela Hendrix, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
2Sport Psychology Laboratory, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
3Load evaluation Laboratory, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Author for correspondence: Franco Noce; Sport Psychology Laboratory, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; email: fnoce[at]hotmail.com
Background and Study Aim: Young people of different ages in both sexes, competitors or not in taekwondo, seeking competition teams for different reasons. This study aimed is knowledge about key motivational factors that contribute to the entry and stay of young taekwondo practitioners of this sport.
Material and Methods: The choice of the sample was for convenience during the selection process for the formation of a mining team taekwondo promoted by the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG, Brazil). The study included 230 practitioners, aged between 13 and 22 years who responded to IMPRAFE-54 in a single collection for analysis of six motivational dimensions Ec; Sa; so; Co; Es and Pr.
Results: The results showed that the main motivations for young taekwondo practitioners interested in being part of a competition team are the search for pleasure and health, followed by competitiveness.
Conclusions: In this study it was observed that the main reasons were for pleasure and health. There are no significant differences in the responses of the subjects when controlling the variable sex. With regard to age, the results showed at least one significant difference between the general levels of motivation of the subjects when the age variable is controlled.
Key words: verification scale, Martial Arts, gender, confidence range, young athletes