Self Determination Theory and meeting our physiological needs
Ryan & Deci(2017) suggest an internal locus of control leads to the belief that one can achieve
Despite considerable research in the field of SDT, much of the focus has been on education, the workplace, and health, with only a few experimental studies on endurance racing. A study by Hanson et al. (2015) provided support for the SDT and reported higher intrinsic motivation in ultra-marathoners, when compared with full, or half marathoners, but less motivation around weight or health concerns. Additional research by Schüler et al. (2014) recruited 29 ultra-endurance athletes and observed positive links between relatedness and competence, and feelings of intense experiential involvement in an
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Ryan, R. M., & Deci, E. L. (2017). Self-determination theory: Basic psychological needs in motivation, development, and wellness. New York: Guilford Press.
Schüler, J., Wegner, M., & Knechtle, B. (2014). Implicit Motives and Basic Need Satisfaction in Extreme Endurance Sports. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 36(3), 293-302.