- You can use Self Determination Theory (SDT) to enhance children’s motivation
- SDT focuses on nurturing coach-athlete relationships that support children’s sense of autonomy, competence, and relatedness
A lot of research on Deci and Ryan’s (1985) Self Determination Theory (SDT) has been carried out in performance domains such as sport, school, and work. This theory is underlined by the assumption that people are motivated to master their environments in ways that satisfy three basic psychological needs- autonomy (which can be seen as self-regulation), competence, and relatedness to others. This extensive research base has led to the design of coaching environments that look to optimize the coach-athlete relationship to enhance motivation. Let’s take a look at how you might implement elements of SDT into your coaching practice.
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