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Teenage athletes--Iowa--Waterloo Region--Attitudes; Sports--Iowa--Waterloo Region--Psychological aspects; Athletic ability--Testing; Sports--Psychological aspects; Academic theses;


Acceleration programs are a new and popular tool used by youth athletes to prepare for upcoming sports seasons. Acceleration programs train athletes in the areas of speed, agility, power, coordination, and strength. Each of these aspects is important in the development of an athlete and effects athletic performance. It is important that acceleration programs also consider intrinsic motivation, because it will help advance the performance of each athlete. The purpose of this study is to examine motivational levels in task and ego goal oriented athletes over the length of a session at the XL Sports Acceleration Program. The Task and Ego in Sport Questionnaire was used to measure task and ego goal orientation. The Activity Perception Questionnaire was used to measure interest and enjoyment, value and usefulness, and perceived choice. Athletes in the summer and fall session (N=52) volunteered to participate. The hypothesis is that motivation levels of both task and ego goal oriented athletes would not change over the course of session at the XL Sports Acceleration Program. Results supported the null hypothesis that the activity perception score of athletes involved in the XL Sports Acceleration Program would not be significantly different from pretest to post-test. Participants pretested and post-tested at high levels of motivation.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

First Advisor

Mickey Mack

Second Advisor

Forrest Dolgener

Third Advisor

Jennifer Waldron


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