Adherence to an athlete’s injury rehabilitation process is affected by various factors which can include motivation from others, social support, pain tolerance, and time commitment. Athletes are affected by three main types of motivation; Intrinsic Motivation, Extrinsic Motivation, and Amotivation. The Self-Determination Theory examines how the different types of motivation affect one’s adherence to a particular domain (e.g., sports or other activities). The purpose of this study was to examine the correlations between motivation, personality dimensions, and adherence. There were 110 participants who completed an online survey that contained assessments of demographics, the Behavioral Regulation in Sport Questionnaire (BRSQ), the Big Five Inventory of personality, and the Rehabilitation Adherence Measure for Athletic Training. It was predicted that individuals who scored high in Intrinsic Motivation would score high in adherence during their rehab process. This hypothesis was supported and showed also that Amotivation is negatively correlated with adherence. The second hypothesis was athletes who scored high in Conscientiousness would score high in adherence during their rehab process. This hypothesis was not supported by the study. The third hypothesis was athletes who scored high in Extroversion would score high in Extrinsic Motivation. This hypothesis was not supported. The results suggest that athletes who are intrinsically motivated have the greatest adherence to a behavior. The results also found that Neurotic athletes had the highest level of Amotivation.
Burger, Rachel, "Effects of Motivation and Personality Traits on Adherence to an Injury Rehabilitation Process" (2018). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 8206.
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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