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Sports Performer Personality Type Motivation Reason For Participating And Rewards Gained 8 Year Old Footballer Playing For His School Hoping To Gain A Place In His Local Town's Team. A child is usually outgoing and confident as they have no extreme pressures to perform well. This young footballer has an extrovert personality type and works well in group situations as they are confident, loud and outgoing. Therefore they are suited well to playing football and can communicate easily with other team members. If he were a goalkeeper it would be more difficult to class his personality type, because although goalkeepers aren't involved in the run of play as much they need to communicate the same if not more then outfield players. Most youngsters have a more extrinsic personality type as they don't feel any pressure from others and don't feel the need to excel in their sport they see it more as fun. At this age the youngster has both internal and external motivation. The internal motivation they maintain is to gain new skills and impress others his age in a not so competitive manner. Between the ages of 5-10 children develop very quickly and are constantly learning new skills. Consequently they have lots of inner drive. However the extrinsic motivation comes from his parents mainly his father who played himself and wants his son to follow in his footsteps and gain recognition in the sport. ...read more.


She likes calm surroundings. Her motivation is mainly intrinsic as she chose to join the gym and exercises alone there with the supervision of qualified instructors. She is not receiving any cash or trophies for progress at the gym, therefore it's her own inner drive that pushes her to keep making progress and setting new goals. She doesn't enjoy training and has done little exercise throughout her life but now she has no choice as her weight is damaging her health. Her goal is to lose excess weight and every time she weighs herself and has lost a few pounds she gains confidence and believes she has the ability to take control of her health and it pushes her to keep attending the gym. There is a slight aspect of extrinsic motivation from the doctors as they advised her to join a gym although they aren't actually there coaching her and pushing her further, she is doing that herself. She is able to take part in various types of gym session including cardiovascular endurance sessions, weight sessions and aerobic sessions. She plays her own choice of music at all these sessions which keeps her calm and works especially well with the aerobic sessions. The fact that the sessions are varied prevents her from getting bored and tired and keeps each session challenging yet interesting and fun. ...read more.


evaluated where there is external rewards for his work which results in him striving from extrinsic motivation such as the player of the match trophies and cash prizes. Due to his age he has both introvert and extrovert personality traits and can still be intrinsically motivated. However if he continues to play football the extrovert in him is likely to take over as he will play in more recognised games and the prizes may get bigger. This will result in him lacking intrinsic motivation and he will constantly search for situations and areas in the game where he can gain public recognition and if he goes on to play professionally he will be motivated by fans and the tangible rewards he would receive such as cup/league trophies and his wages. Overall, I believe that if you have an introvert personality type you have a lot more intrinsic motivation as there is little assistance and extrinsic pressure to do well and in order to go far in your particular sport I think you must develop slight extrovert traits in order to gain the recognition to compete at higher levels. I also think that extroverts concentrate far too much on the external rewards and forget that you should be gaining pride, confidence and a sense of fun from what you achieve rather then just participating to be widely recognised and to earn materialistic rewards. There should be an equal balance of introvert and extrovert traits. ...read more.

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