The effects of Lost Move Syndrome on individual motivation levels in national level trampolinists
University of Wales Institute Cardiff
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This study examined the effects of lost move syndrome (LMS) on elite trampolinist’s motivation levels. Semi- structured interviews were conducted with four participants. Content analysis was used to scrutinise the information provided by the participants. Four general dimensions emerged, within which six themes were identified with further individual sub- themes following. Findings showed that motivation levels were lower at the onset of the syndrome, and increased once the performers started to get their move back. This underpinned the self- determination theory (SDT) as the participant’s intrinsic motivation increased as their perceived competence grew, thus, increasing self- determination. Participants discussed coping strategies that were used during LMS and identified that more social support and understanding of the syndrome was needed. Recommendations for future research within this field are offered.