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A Review of Controlling Motivational Strategies from a Self-Determination Theory Perspective: Implications for Sports Coaches

Bartholomew, Kimberley and Ntoumanis, Nikos and Thøgersen-Ntoumani, Cecilie (2009) A Review of Controlling Motivational Strategies from a Self-Determination Theory Perspective: Implications for Sports Coaches. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 2 (2). pp. 215-233. ISSN 1750-984X

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Identification Number/DOI: 10.1080/17509840903235330

The aim of this paper is to present a preliminary taxonomy of six controlling strategies, primarily based on the parental and educational literatures, which we believe are employed by coaches in sport contexts. Research in the sport and physical education literature has primarily focused on coaches’ autonomysupportive behaviours. Surprisingly, there has been very little research on the use of controlling strategies. A brief overview of the research which delineates each proposed strategy is presented, as are examples of the potential manifestation of the behaviours associated with each strategy in the context of sports coaching. In line with self-determination theory (Deci & Ryan, 1985; Ryan & Deci, 2002), we propose that coach behaviours employed to pressure or control athletes have the potential to thwart athletes’ feelings of autonomy, competence,and relatedness, which, in turn, undermine athletes’ self-determined motivation and contribute to the development of controlled motives. When athletes feel pressured to behave in a certain way, a variety of negative consequences are expected to ensue which are to the detriment of the athletes’ well-being. The purpose of this paper is to raise awareness and interest in the darker side of sport participation and to offer suggestions for future research in this area.

Type of Work:Article
Date:September 2009 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
Department:School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Subjects:GV Recreation Leisure
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Taylor and Francis
ID Code:350
Refereed:YES
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