Aim: The aim of this research was to determine the sports participation motivation of athletes aged 12-16 according to sports type. Method: 409 male (67.7%) and 195 female (32.3%) athletes, as a total of 604 athletes voluntarily participated in the research. Athletes completed a Participation Motivation Questionnaire (Gill, Gross, & Huddleston, 1983). The data were analysed by descriptive statistics and MANOVA. Tukey was used as a post hoc analysis. Level of significance was determined to be 0.05. Results: According to the results, it was seen that sport participation motivation of the athletes differs according to sport type F (40, 2578.00) = 3.425, p = .000; Wilks’ λ = .798; Partial η2= .044. Analysing the results for each dependent variable showed that there was a significant difference in team affiliation F(5, 598) = 10.742, p = .000, Partial η2 = .082; fitness/energy release F(5, 598) = 4.204, p = .001, Partial η2 = .034; enjoyment F(5, 598) = 3.855, p = .002, Partial η2 = .031; friendship F(5, 598) = 2.567, p = .026, Partial η2 = .021; and competition F(5, 598) = 4.040, p = .001, Partial η2 = .033 according to sport type. Conclusion: The results of this research reveal the motivational features of young athletes from different combat sports.
Anahtar Kelimeler: Dövüş Sporları, Güdülenme, Spora Katılım, Sporcu