An exploratory investigation in the determinants of personal motivation of elite cricketers
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This qualitative thesis explores the determinants of personal motivation of elite cricketers at Cardiff MCCU. Due to the difficulty in defining motivation, it is hard to distinguish what motivation actually is. While there is extensive research on motivation of recreational cricketers (Tsorbatzoudis, Alexandris, Zahariadis & Grouios, 2006), no study has qualitatively conducted the motivation of elite cricketers and the underlying reasons they play the sport. The primary purpose of this research was to determine how elite cricketers are motivated. The study looks at motivational theories in relation to sport, initially with a broad view of motivation and then focusing on whether players are either intrinsically motivated (IM) or extrinsically motivated (EM). The understanding of this phenomenon is embedded within the following three theories: Self Determination Theory (SDT), Hierarchal Model of Motivation (HMM) and Achievement Goal Theory (AGT).
BA (Hons) Business and Management Studies with Marketing
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