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Motives of Future Elementary School Teachers to Be Physically Active

Faculty of Education, University of Extremadura, Avd. de Elvas S/N, 06006 Badajoz, Spain
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(12), 4393; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124393
Received: 4 May 2020 / Revised: 12 June 2020 / Accepted: 13 June 2020 / Published: 18 June 2020
The aim of this study was to determine the relationship between the motives for engaging in sports activities and the self-determination index (SDI) and how this in turn predicts the intentionality of future elementary school teachers to be physically active. Method: A total of 331 first-year students of the teacher training degree participated, 34.4% men and 65.6% women (M = 20.02; SD = 2.55). They answered the following questionnaires: “Behavioral Regulation in Exercise Questionnaire-3”, “Motives for Physical Activity Measure-Revised” and “Intention to be Physically Active”. Results: Fitness, fun and care of one’s appearance are the motives most valued by university students. A regression analysis (structural equation modeling) revealed that appearance and social motives were negatively related to SDI, although the model clearly predicted the intention to be physically active (R2 = 0.74). A second model, which positively related the appearance and competence motives with the intention to be active, improved the coefficient of determination (R2 = 90) and fit index. Conclusions: The motives for engaging in physical activity influence university students in different ways in relation to the SDI and strongly predict the intention to be physically active. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity; motivation; self-determination index; university students physical activity; motivation; self-determination index; university students
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Durán-Vinagre, M.Á.; Feu, S.; Sánchez-Herrera, S.; Cubero, J. Motives of Future Elementary School Teachers to Be Physically Active. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4393. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124393

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Durán-Vinagre MÁ, Feu S, Sánchez-Herrera S, Cubero J. Motives of Future Elementary School Teachers to Be Physically Active. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(12):4393. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124393

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Durán-Vinagre, Miguel Á.; Feu, Sebastián; Sánchez-Herrera, Susana; Cubero, Javier. 2020. "Motives of Future Elementary School Teachers to Be Physically Active" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 12: 4393. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124393

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