chapter  8
12 Pages

Toward quality not quantity in sport motivation

WithJoan L. Duda, Jean Whitehead

What does a new coach need to know about motivation? Some would say it should be obvious: ‘If you want to improve you must try harder!’

But this is not necessarily true. Certainly competitors will not normally improve without any effort, but too much effort can be counterproductive and is often misguided. Sports which rely mainly on strength and power will benefit from maximum energy expenditure after the technique has been mastered and automated, as in weight lifting. Yet in sports which require fast and accurate decision-making and fine movement control too much effort causes mistakes, as when soccer players shoot over the crossbar.