A Qualitative Study To Explore: Motivations For Sport Participation, And The Individual Factors Within A Team Sport That Contribute To Player Wellbeing.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Previous research has attempted to explore individual’s reasons for participation in sport. The contributing factors given in previous research looked at participant’s reasons to continue or cease participation in their chosen sport. Other research has then suggested how some of these contributing factors can effect wellbeing. This study aimed to expand and contribute to existing research, looking at participations motivations to continue their chosen sport. Furthermore, to explore how these different motivations, and other individual aspects of a team sport contribute to participants wellbeing. Semi structured interviews were used to explore individuals’ experiences of being involved in an amateur sports team. Participants were recruited from two amateur football teams. Participants completed interviews giving their experiences of their involvement in an amateur football team. Following the completion of interviews, thematic analysis was used to produce three super themes. These themes, Team sport specific positives, team sport specific negatives and benefits gained from playing football, contained three to four sub themes highlighting the various aspects of a football team that participants felt were positive or negative. Results showed similar results to previous research, in the sense of desirable aspects of sports that contribute to the enjoyment and therefore increased wellbeing of participants.
BSc (Hons) Psychology
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