Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation |

One:In high school I played volleyball, ran track and field, and competed for my varsity soccer team. I loved every one of these sports and played them for “the love of the game.” I was offered a scholarship for both soccer and track and field. I accepted my scholarship at my University for track and field. As a college athlete, my view of running track and field had completely changed since I was in high school. The mentality of simply playing for the love of playing, gradually began to slip away, and I found myself dreading practice and even competing. I had no idea why I felt like this once loved sport, had slipped into a part of a daily routine. It almost felt like I had to go to a job everyday that I no longer liked.Two:There was multiple times that I thought about quitting, but it was never a possibility because I would then lose the scholarship that I needed to stay at this school. I began running solely to keep my scholarship, to keep my money. I was playing for the pay. This is a classic case that many athletes at a collegiate or professional level go through, the transfer of intrinsic motivation, or playing for the love of the game, to extrinsic motivation, playing for the pay, the reward.Three:Intrinsic motivation is “assumed when behavior occurs in the absence of external rewards, or doing something for the inherent satisfaction of the activity itself” (Tammen 2010). It can also be looked at as a question of what people will do without an external inducement. However,while many at a young age normally fall into these definitions above, it has been proven that intrinsic motivation is extremely beneficiary to the skill level of the athlete as well.