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UNDERSTANDING MASTERS ATHLETES’ MOTIVATION FOR SPORT

ByNikola Medic

The objective of this chapter is to discuss motivational processes underlying lifelong involvement in sports. Information pertaining to the topic will be mainly derived from survey data on over 600 Masters Athletes and on archived records from over 40,000 Masters Athletes of different sports; however, additional insights will be provided from other existing motivational research on Masters Athletes. The motivational themes will be discussed with respect to the following:

n The importance of understanding motivational processes underlying lifelong involvement in sport;

n The question of whether relative age effects exist in Masters sports; n The question of what motivates Masters Athletes.