n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Perceived motivational climate as a predictor of concussion-related attitudes among sub-elite rugby union players : sport psychology - : sport psychology

Volume 21 Number 1.1
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Recent consensus statements on sport-related concussion have emphasised the need for education initiatives aimed at raising awareness on this issue. However, these initiatives do not appear to be optimising attitudinal and behaviour change among athletes. It is thus important to better understand motivation within the context of sport-related concussion. This study investigated the extent to which perceived motivational climate (PMC) could predict the concussion-related return-to-play (RTP) attitudes of sub-elite rugby union players. A convenience sample of 139 sub-elite players was drawn from two provincial rugby unions. Participants completed the Perceived Motivational Climate in Sport Questionnaire - 2 (PMCSQ-2) and a researcher-compiled measure of concussion-related RTP attitudes. Descriptive statistics, bivariate correlations and hierarchical regression analyses were employed to analyse the data. The regression analyses indicated that PMC did not predict concussion-related RTP attitudes for the total sample. However, PMC did predict RTP attitudes in a sub-sample of players with no reported history of concussion. This relationship was specifically apparent with regard to attitudes regarding returning to practice and training, as well as playing in high priority matches. Contrary to expectation, ego-oriented PMC was predictive of conservative RTP attitudes within the context of practice and high priority matches, while only one aspect of task-oriented PMC predicted RTP attitudes, and then just within the context of high priority matches. This study concluded that PMC is predictive of concussion-related attitudes among sub-elite rugby union players with no history of concussion.

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