Influence of goal striving and commitment on sport performance among rehabilitated injured amateur football players in Ibadan, Oyo State
European Journal of Scientific Research
Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria
Injuries in sport such as in football are driven by several factors as the lack and/or improper physical preparation, violence and harsh playing style of the opponents, consideration for other psychological profile need to be given attention. Some notable researchers like Williams ,Rotella, Scherzer, have reported that psychological factors contribute to occurrences of injuries in sports. Athletes experience loss after an injury, not only do they lose physical capability, they also lose salient parts of their self. This paper focused on influence of goal striving and Commitment on sport performance of rehabilitated injured amateur football players in Ibadan The research instrument for this study was a modified standardized version of Self Motivation Inventory (SMI). with a reliability coefficient of 0.93. The data collected was analyzed using inferential statistics of Chi square (X2) to test the formulated hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The result revealed the amateur football players need automatic back up by the government to provide them with necessary medical treatment when injured during competition. It is therefore suggested that Government should mandate sports clubs to care for players through the provision of social welfare services. © EuroJournals Publishing, Inc. 2011.