• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Is motivation more important than ability in a successful competitive performance?

Extracts from this document...


Craig Marshall Is motivation more important than ability in a successful competitive performance? In order to be able to learn and perform any skill, especially in sport, we must have the abilities required. Abilities are generally seen as being innate. That is, you are born with them or they are developed early in life. Abilities are often seen as the building blocks of sport. Without the basic building blocks of movement vocabulary, we will never be able to develop skill fully. Examples of specific abilities required in sport would include: hand/eye co-ordination, flexibility, speed etc. Without these abilities, it would not be possible to learn skills such as a smash in badminton. It may be possible to develop basic skills with the correct learning environment. However without innate ability you will never become a superstar. Motivation can influence our decisions, our learning and our performance in sport. If we are not in a psychological state, we will make mistakes in performance and will not learn to perform at our best. Motivation can be shown as:- It is important to be aware of the influence of motivation on the acquisition of sporting skills. ...read more.


This can be emotional feeling about the sport e.g. Fun, Enjoyment in participating and satisfaction from playing a particular game. Extrinsic motivation - these factors are powerful when learning new skills and whether you a performer what to prefect it. * External rewards come as medals, badges and prizes. As a sports leader a pupils personalities can either help or hinder there motivation and their ability via learning of new skills. Many theories have been produced on this and the main one is the "Nach Or Naf". "Nach" personality types are characterised by:- * High task persistence * Ability to complete a task quickly * Welcoming Feedback about the results. "Naf" personality types are characterised by:- * Give up easily * Take their time to complete personal tasks * Not wanting to receive feedback about their previous performance. Achievement motivation is related to a performer's reaction to competition. There are two types of motives - need to achieve (Nach) & need to avoid failure (Naf). Both types of behaviour are to occur in a situation. Ego oriented personality types believe that ability is important but task oriented people regard effort as more important. ...read more.


Ability - Our abilities are largely determined genetically, they tend to be with are characteristics. This is a bad news for people that don't have natural ability to do because no matter how hard you will try you never would seem to reach your goal. These people don't not have the innate qualities, however in past research has revelled that some abilities can be enhanced to a certain extent, especially in early childhood . In some sports ability is used to complete a successful performance eg. In football or any sports which use a high amount of ability. However some sports require an amount of ability as well as some amounts of motivation to complete a successful competitive performance. Ability can be affected by motivation there is documented research that says there is. Ability can lead on to the inverted "U" theory, which states the higher your arousal level is the better you perform however if you go out of the zone, you can become over aroused and your performance. My verdict is that Ability is slightly more important to be succesful in competitive sport although motivation also plays are large role in that success. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Acquiring, Developing & Performance Skill section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Acquiring, Developing & Performance Skill essays

  1. Personality and Motivation in Sport

    This is because children tend to imitate people more than adults, even though adults do as well. Motivation Motivation is split into 2 forms, these are intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation - this means doing something only for the satisfaction, pleasure and gains for yourself derived from undertaking the behaviour.

  2. Identify the important components/skills/techniques needed for a successful performance in the shot put.

    To make sure that he throws the shot at a direct 45 degree angle he could maybe practice this, holding his free arm up in the air at a 45 degree angle to make sure he knows how high or how low he needs to throw.

  1. Analysis of Performance

    THE PERFECT MODEL Knowledge of a perfect model to the sport of football is an invaluable tool to any performer, especially novices who are learning from the best. The perfect model is the technical mastery obtained in the performance of a skill defined by a recognising coaching scheme, awards programme, governing body publication or a coaching manual.

  2. Critically analyse your own performance in your chosen sport using suitable notational methods. Include ...

    * Took best figures in the season and very economical. * Didn't drop a catch, and took one at slip. * Concentration level was high throughout game. * Awarded man-of-the-match for the first time. Areas selected for further development: * Once I'm batting well, go on to make a big score.

  1. Free essay

    A2 PE Factors Affecting Performance - Anxiety / Arousal

    Martens et al., 1990). Hardy & Fazey (1987) state, in their version, that physiological arousal follows the Inverted-U hypothesis in relation to performance. Nevertheless, that will only occur when the individual is exhibiting low cognitive state anxiety, e.g. they are not worried about their immediate performance, (see back face of fig.

  2. analysis of 2 sports : Badminton and Gaelic Football

    This is proving to be a weakness to her in a game of badminton. Because of her height she finds it hard to reach some of the high shots. As a result she must quickly move back to get it.

  1. Critically Evaluate The Relationship Between Team Cohesion and Performance in Competitive Sport.

    In a similar vein to the interacting - coacting hypothesis, Personal factors relate to more specifically the individual within the sporting group (Weinberg and Gould, 1999). These may come in the form of motivation, satisfaction or commitment (Carron and Dennis, 1998).

  2. The role of feedback

    Extrinsic feedback could be used by another player who is he good to help him out and tell him what to do to improve if his intrinsic feedback wasn't good enough to help him. Visual feedback would be useful as he could watch a professional such as Christiano Ronaldo, and

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work