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A Qualitative Study of the Achievement Goals of Recreational Exercise Participants

Rogers, Helen Elizabeth, Morris, Tony and Moore, Melissa (2008) A Qualitative Study of the Achievement Goals of Recreational Exercise Participants. The Qualitative Report, 13 (4). pp. 706-734. ISSN 1052-0147

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Physical inactivity is a major risk factor for many of today’s leading causes of ill health. In-order to increase physical activity (PA) participation and information about why people engage in PA is needed. We interviewed 11 recreational exercise participants to examine their goals for participating in recreational exercise. Our results revealed 13 first-order themes, which we reduced to seven second-order themes (personal comparison, extrinsic rewards, social, physical condition, psychological condition, mastery, and enjoyment), and two general dimensions (intrinsic and extrinsic goals). We argue that selfdetermination theory (SDT) of motivation provides a strong foundation for understanding the goals and motives for recreational exercise. Also, future research should aim to develop a more comprehensive measure of motivation in recreational exercise and sport contexts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID16054, recreational exercise, motives, and self-determination theory (SDT)
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
SEO Classification > 9399 Other Education and Training
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2011 04:22
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2011 04:22
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