Anxiety and Motivation - Sport

Anxiety, Perceived Success and Motivational Climate in Sport

Student - Patrick Healy

Supervisors - Olivia Hurley and Marion Palmer

The study will attempt to examine the effect of motivation on athletes self-confidence and anxiety levels prior to a competitive match. It will examine the relationship between Perceived Motivational Climate (PMC) and Achievement Goal Orientation (AGO) and attempt to determine if the relationship between PMC and AGO has a significant effect on athletes self-confidence and anxiety levels prior to a competitive match.

The study has been running since October 2011. Data collection began in March 2012 and the first phase ended in November 2012.

The participants were athletes between the ages of 18 and 35 years old, who participate in team sports. Athletes will be asked to complete questionnaires on three occasions throughout a season in order to determine trait anxiety and confidence levels. The study will apply purposive sampling as certain traits are required to participate in the proposed study. The results of the study will hope to improve the knowledge base on motivation and will attempt to further understand the effect of different types of motivation on athletes anxiety and self confidence levels.


Further information about this research project is available from olivia.hurley@iadt.ie or marion.palmer@iadt.ie