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Motivation and factors affecting motivation
Motivation and factors affecting motivation

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1 Motivation

The study of motivation seeks to find out why people behave in certain ways and do the things they do on a daily basis. In this course we will explore what we mean by the term ‘motivation’ by looking at a range of definitions and some of the factors that cause us to gain or lose motivation. We will then look at some of the most influential theories of motivation that help to explain the causes of motivation. Some of these theories are based on observing people in sport and fitness environments, some on observing people in sport and exercise environments and some on observing how people behave generally.