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Overtraining in adolescent athletes : The role of personality and motivational factors



Year of publication 2019
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description It is well known that the overall demands placed on athletes are steadily increasing. Highly intensive training together with not allowing sufficient regeneration may lead to the development of maladaptive response of the organism in the form of overload or overtraining syndrome. Recently, the overtraining syndrome is considered as a multicausal phenomenon and research efforts focus also on psychological correlates. The aim of this study was to determine the linkage between personality traits (Big Five Inventory - 2), motivational factors (Sport Motivation Scale II) and overtraining (Société Française de Médecine du Sport's questionnaire). Regression analysis on a sample of 229 students of dedicated sports high school (49.3% males) in the age range 14 - 19 years revealed that the level of overtraining can be predicted by neuroticism and negatively by conscientiousness. More importantly, motivational factors contribute to the prediction of overtraining above and beyond demographic characteristics and personality traits. It was found that with higher level of intrinsic motivation, the frequency of overtraining symptoms decreases, while with higher level of extrinsic motivation and amotivation the frequency increases.
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