Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2015

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Experimental Psychology

Committee Chair

Dr. Jeff Penick

Second Committee Member

Dr. Marte Fallshore

Third Committee Member

Dr. Mary Radeke

Abstract

This study examined and compared activity levels and motives in 103 older (over 50 years of age) competitive athletes (CA) and non-competitive fitness exercisers (NCF). The findings indicate that the CA group was significantly higher in the motives of enjoyment, competition, and social recognition. Ranking of the strength of the motivation factors for each group indicated that enjoyment was the strongest motivating factor for both groups, health ranked high for both groups, and social recognition ranked lowest in both groups. Findings related to rankings were not tested for significance, so are more tentative.

Language

English

Spatial Coverage (for ex: Ellensburg, WA)

Ellensburg, WA

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