Does Institutional Faith Affect the Motivational Climate of an Intercollegiate Student-Athlete? Bethany M. Brun Mercyhurst University OL 530 Organizational Communication Abstract The intercollegiate student-athlete is influenced by many different factors throughout his or her college career. One of those factors is his or her motivational climate. While an athlete can be intrinsically or extrinsically motivated, understanding which climate will be most effective is crucial for both athletes (e.g. to choose the best institution at which to compete) and coaches (e.g. to generate a climate that encourages athletes to perform to their potential). Research suggests that faith plays a role in the life of the intercollegiate athlete, …show more content…
First, both intrinsic and extrinsic motivational factors are pivotal to achieving optimal performance (i.e. athletic performance) as being self-motivated and self-driven is highly associated with high intrinsic motivation and high achievement. Second, there are psychological outcomes, such as feelings of guilt, pleasure, success, or failure, as well as stress, which can result from one’s motivational orientation. Third, it can be argued that one’s perceived locus of causality is influenced by both internal factors (i.e., personality) and external factors (i.e., social, contextual), which affects one’s performance motivation. Understanding the complex elements of an athlete’s motivation allows for an institution to 1) accommodate the greatest number of athletes’ motivational styles, 2) educate coaches on how to provide the most effective motivational climate, and 3) properly inform athletes so they are able to choose the best fit for him or her. This begs the question, however: When an athlete finally decides upon an institution, will a RPI affect the athlete’s motivation orientation to …show more content…
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Every freshman in college has to adjust to being away from home, learning the college system and making new friends. However, for a college athlete it’s more than just learning to become a college student. As we read, for a college athlete, they are facing daily routines that include hours of practice and games that take a toll on the players emotionally and physically. Athletes have overwhelming demands on their time and talent that cause them isolation from the typical college social scene. It was discovered that being a college athlete meant that they had to relinquish some part of themselves, that personal independence that they had taken as a given of their social self (page 183).
In “The Sport Journal,” Jefery L. Frost states, “Specifically, 17 characteristics were proposed, and the coaches rated them 1 (least important ) to 5 (most important), for three distinct levels of play, Little League, high school, and college. Those coaches chose motivation as a 5. This survey of coaches was an unbiased way to find out or identify the characteristics that the survey sample believed are most useful to coaches at each level. Jeffery L. Frost Jan 7, 2009.” Many coaches agree that motivation is a main part of coaching and teaching youth how to do things.
This is used to evaluate athletes' perception of coaches' behaviors, their leadership style or how athletes perceive their behaviors in 5 subscales. The questionnaires given considered everything from the age, race and level of experience of the coaches evaluated. The results were conclusive and gave scores in areas such as positive feedback, motivation and technique. These variables in conjunction with the demographic background of the coach determines their success rate of being an effective leader. This source will help me to evaluate myself and my coaching abilities by using the
These athletes of big-time division I college football and basketball teams aren’t your typical college students. They were chosen to come to these universities for a reason. However it is not for a higher education, rather than to play sports. The student-athletes of today’s big-time college sports are closer to full-time employees rather than students. In this paper, I’ll present
In “Characteristics Contributing to the Success of a Sports Coach” “For coaches, communication often means making one’s point clear to athletes. Getting points across is essential to players’ success. The coach’s capacity to transfer knowledge (information) affects the outcome of both single contests and entire seasons. Then, too, communication is a two-way street. Successful coaches can interpret feedback given to them by players (and others) and use the feedback in making decisions.
For many people today, there is a large amount of entertainment to be found in sports. It’s not just watching the sports anymore, but there are also fantasy leagues for almo every sport. There are even leagues for college level sports, because college sports have become a significant part of entertainment for many Americans. However, despite its wild popularity, college sports have unappealing aspects, their detriment to academics being the most prominent. “The average student gets nothing from football programs that remain sacrosanct despite tuition increases” (Bissinger 169).
A coach should work hard to improve their players’ athletic abilities but be willing to take the time to stress the importance of being a good person. A coach has such a unique opportunity to reach kids through sports and should use their platform to prepare and develop kids for lives outside of sports. Coaches can do this by expecting certain ethical behaviors and by relating the sport to life. There are many metaphors that relate sports to life and they should be used to help athletes understand how they can use the valuable lessons from the sport they play to be better people. My baseball coach would often compare how baseball relates to life.
The coach pushes athletes mentally and physically. A great coach will find ways to reach inside the heart of an athlete and get the very best out of them. They motivate, create opportunities and instill a level of perseverance that will put a team at a high level of
‘’with athletes who are not meeting performance objectives or demonstrating the correct behaviours’’ (Difficult Coaching situation, University of Missouri 2006). A coach can come across to an athlete that’s has his own way of thinking this can be a perplexing task to complete it’s crucial to communicate with players and there is nothing worse than a player that has his own way of taking actions. It pays to have some insight into the sports community and to improve your communication knowledge it is never too late to get thought more. In coaching environments, a coach has much to teach but more time he does this by transmitting information, although we all could receive as well as transmitting many coaches are more skilled at transmitting rather than taking messages in. Interpersonal Communication
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Have you wondered why many athletes who deal with serious problems, seem to succeed? Their success is mostly the result of a the sport psychologist, who is working with them to improve their mental state. Sport psychologists take a caring approach on personal and public matters. Studies have shown the various outcomes of using a sport psychologist, in many different sports. This is why there is usually a person behind the athlete in any sport, whether it is a sport psychologist and or a role model.
Thesis: Communication between coaches and their players and how their relationship effects their overall performance in athletics. Article 1 Communicative dimensions of the coach/ player relationship can have a profound impact on the self-esteem of the adolescent personality involved in sport activities. Assertiveness training is a part of standardized coaching clinics can be an important ingredient in improving the coach/player relationship. Wolf (1969), Lazarus (1971), and Rimm and Masters (1974) have demonstrated that aggressive behavior generally results from nonadaptive anxiety which inhibits the appropriate expression of assertive and effective communicative response in the individual. Questions to consider by both coaching staff members and the coaches themselves can aid in identifying potential coaching candidates for communication training:
It is very difficult to be the best when you are constantly thinking of something else; such as multitasking. These athletes are humans too, some need help dealing with mental problems and a confidence booster. Overall, sports psychologists put the athletes back on their feet to help, support, and boost the mental process of competition. P2: Benefits: In society, people often seek to benefit off of others; with sports psychology, athletes, kids, and other people tend to maintain with their activities. Studies have shown the benefits of a sports psychologists treatment.
Despite this contention, only 2.8% of these players individually consulted a sport psychologist, while only 29.6% perceived their own ability to be psychologically well prepared for competitions as very good. These results suggest a definite need for sport psychological services (67.5% of the players indicated a great need or need for psychological skills training sessions), as it could hold value for performance improvement within the sport. The introduction to sport psychological skills training at the junior and sub-elite levels of sport primarily falls within the responsibility of the coach (Gould et a]., 1999). Within the South African context, however, 84% of teachers who coach at the secondary school level have not received any training in sport psychology (Le Roux & Pienaar, 2001), resulting in players who do not possess sound foundational skills required for optimal performance. In addition to this problem, no information exists on the sport psychological skills of junior rugby players in South Africa.