2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Factors in Motivation and Satisfaction of the Truman State University Football Team
Robert M. Bruce* and Kelly Wright
Dr. Teresa Heckert, Faculty Mentor

Our research examined how wins and losses of the Truman State University football team influenced the motivation and satisfaction of players during practices. We also examined if players experienced learned helplessness after consecutive losses. Their record at the time of data collection was 4-6. The members of the traveling team (n = 41) completed the questionnaire after practice. Our results indicated that a high percentage of players felt they practiced harder the week after a loss. They felt the coaches kept the team motivated regardless of whether a win or loss occurred. Players indicated they were more satisfied with teammates' efforts after a loss. Furthermore, players responses regarding their efforts at practice revealed the possibility of learned helplessness. Team morale and teamwork were the two highest ranked factors contributing to losses, while players and motivation ranked highest in regard to wins.

Keywords: Motivation, Satisfaction, Learned Helplessness

Topic(s):Psychology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 4-1
Location: VH 1010
Time: 8:15

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