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Cuadernos de Psicología del Deporte

On-line version ISSN 1989-5879Print version ISSN 1578-8423

Abstract

MORENO-CASADO, Héctor; CUEVAS, Ricardo; PULIDO GONZALEZ, Juan José  and  GARCIA CALVO, Tomás. Influence of a mobile telephone application for training about psychological needs and autodetermined motivation in students. CPD [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.2, pp.71-78. ISSN 1989-5879.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4321/S1578-84232015000200008.

About the theoretical base of the Autodetermination Theory, the present research has tried to analyse the effect of the mobile applications which are related to the control of training about the basic psychological needs, the level of self-determination towards sport practice and fun. In order to do that, a quasi-experimental research was carried out in which 54 students (M = 16.4; SD = 1.51), both male and female, of different state schools of secondary education of Extremadura. The subjects of the experimental group (n=27) developed a programme of intervention of autonomous training of aerobic kind which was recorded and controlled with the mobile application "Endomondo Sport Tracker", with an eight- week duration. The components of the group of experimental control (n=27) recorded the same programme of autonomous training in a record sheet provided by the research group. The results showed that the satisfaction of the need for competence, the self-determination towards the fulfillment of the activity and the fun when carrying it out were higher in those students who used the application in regard to those who did not. In spite of that, no meaningful differences were noticed in most of the variables analyzed in the study, therefore, deeper research in this field must be carried out.

Keywords : self-determination theory; adolescents; intervention program; physical activity.

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