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Motivation is one of the most important aspects of a competitive performance.

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Motivation is one of the most important aspects of a competitive performance. Motivation is being inspired to do something; this can be intrinsic or extrinsic. Extrinsic motivation comes from the outside environment; this can be money, medals, prizes or fame. You are motivated to do it because you get a material reward. Intrinsic motivation comes from within the performer. The performer gets personal enjoyment from the sport, even if they have no ability, if they enjoy it and have fun then they will be motivated to carry on with the sport, it doesn't matter if they have natural ability or not. Motivation whether it is intrinsic or extrinsic has different effects on an athlete including whether or not they continue with their sport. An athletes motivation usually predicts their attendance to that particular sport for example an intrinsically motivated boxer (Lennox Lewis) ...read more.


Another example of an intrinsically motivated sports person is Tim Henman, although he is a good tennis player he gets a lot of unwanted media attention however he carries on playing tennis because he enjoys it he- is intrinsically motivated. Although most sports people proceed with their sport for intrinsic reasons, they must be extrinsically motivated because they must have started out for the money but when they make more and more they become intrinsically motivated because they don't need the money anymore, but they still carry on because they enjoy it. Ability is another important component of performing well. Ability can be defined as how well you perform a specific task. It can be physical e.g. Michael Owen is a physically able football player, or it can be mental, chess is mentally challenging. ...read more.


One argument that shows ability to be more important is that you cannot compete successfully if you don't have the ability, for example in an individual sport like discus you have to rely on your ability because if you are not good at the sport you will not be successful. However if you lack ability in a team game like Netball it is not as important because you are part of a team who will all contribute to the team's success. This is because although Netball requires a lot of ability to be good at it, it's still fun to play if you don't have the natural ability, so you can still participate and be successful as a team if only one person is not able enough. If you don't have the ability then you may not be successful but "those who are highly motivated are more likely to learn and practice skills than those who are not" so ability might improve. ...read more.

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