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ALMAGRO, Bartolomé J.  y  CONDE, Cristina. Motivational factors as predictors of young basketball players´ intention to be physically active. CPD [online]. 2012, vol.12, suppl.1, pp.1-4. ISSN 1989-5879.

The primary objective of the present study was to analyse the prediction power of the perceived motivational climate, the satisfaction of the needs, and the intrinsic motivation on the intention to continue being physically active in young basketball players. A questionnaire was administered to 261 basketball players between the ages of 12 and 17 years. The results of the regression analysis demonstrated that the task-oriented climate, competence, relatedness, and intrinsic motivation positively and statistically significantly predicted the intention to be physically active (F = 24.02; p < .001), obtaining an explained variance of 32%. We concur with other studies in highlighting the importance of coaches fostering a task-oriented climate for his or her athletes, as well as facilitating the satisfaction of their basic psychological needs and intrinsic motivation, since these strategies favour the intention to continue with sports practice. Therefore, climates in which the coaches foster and value effort, personal improvement, cooperative learning, social relationships between teammates, and where the athlete feels competent and motivated, are ideal for athletes to continue practicing.

Palabras clave : intrinsic motivation; psychological needs; motivational climate; basketball; players.

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