15 ways to intrinsically motivate your athletes

BelievePerform’s team have spoken with coaches, athletes and teachers to uncover the more common techniques used to motivate athletes.

We’ve learnt what works and delivers the most impact on the ground. Our expert examine the ways in which those involved in sport can engage more positively – from helping your athletes to set personal and meaningful goals to coaches being more aware of the timing of their feedback.

In this mental health infographic we look at 15 ways to intrinsically motivate your athletes.

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  1. Get to know your athletes and develop a good sport relationship with them.
  2. Create an autonomy supportive environment where athletes must learn to problem solve and make their own decisions.
  3. Be aware of your own coaching behaviour.
  4. Become a positive role model who supports, encourages and regularly praises athletes.
  5. Be aware of the delivery and timing of your feedback.
  6. Help athletes to set personal and meaningful goals.
  7. Ask your athletes ‘what motivates you?’
  8. Provide informational feedback.
  9. Encourage risk taking and creativity.
  10. Help athletes to develop a sense of mastery.
  11. Constantly challenge athletes in training/games.
  12. Help athletes to manage their arousal/anxiety.
  13. Make sure athletes are enjoying their sport.
  14. Provide opportunities for initiative taking.
  15. Create a positive learning environment.
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