Youthful basketball players’ motivational dimensions: a study by sex
AbstractAbstract: This research aims to describe and compare the average rates obtained from the assessment of six motivational dimensions controlled by variable sex: Stress’ Control, Health, Sociability, Competitiveness, Aesthetic and Pleasure. Accordingly, a sample of 441 youthful basketball players of both sexes and ages ranging from 13 to 16 years, answered the “Inventário de Motivação à Prática Regular de Atividade Física e/ou Esporte” (IMPRAFE-54). Results indicated, regardless of gender in analysis, the Pleasure is the motivation’ dimension that motivates the most this athletes. Still, the only two dimensions that showed significant differences (p < .05), when sex is controlled, is Competitiveness and Aesthetics. One of the main conclusions is: the boys seem to be more motivated by competition and the girls by the feeling of belonging to a group. New studies must deepen these results, searching to try to explain a cultural explanation for this difference. Key words: Basketball; Youthful athletes. Motivation. Sex. Comparative Study.