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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Black, Kerry
Email kerry820308@yahoo.co.uk
URN etd-06222010-022319
Document Title Motivational processes involved in the recovery of female athletes from injury
Degree Master of Arts
Department Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Ms V M Timm Committee Chair
  • female athletes
  • extrinsic motivation
  • amotivation
  • athletic identity
  • achievement goal theory of motivation
  • injury
  • intrinsic motivation
  • netball
Date 2010-06-22
Availability unrestricted

The focus of this study is injured female netball players‟ motivation when they return to their sport from serious injuries. The purpose of the study is to provide a rich description of the motivation which allows these players to return to their sport and continue in their chosen field.

Motivation is a vital component in injury rehabilitation, as it provides the drive that allows rehabilitation to occur. Two theories of motivation are examined in this study, namely the achievement goal theory of motivation and the theory of intrinsic motivation, extrinsic motivation and amotivation. These theories highlight the argument that motivation occupies a continuum between being internally or externally determined.

A qualitative phenomenological perspective was used to investigate the motivation of injured netball players. This made it possible to explore individual players‟ experiences of their injury. A semi-structured interview was conducted with each player to allow each player‟s experiences to be heard. The interviews were then transcribed. Thematic content analysis of the transcribed interviews revealed two main themes: the inevitable return and identity. The analysis showed that, for these netball players, their motivation to return to playing netball was based on an internal drive to regain an inherent part of their identity.

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Please cite as follows:

Black, K 2010, Motivational processes involved in the recovery of female athletes from injury, MA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-06222010-022319/ >

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