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Frontiers in Sport Research, 2021, 3(5); doi: 10.25236/FSR.2021.030509.

Research advances in self-determination theory in the field of exercise and implications for its application


Minsheng Ye

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Minsheng Ye

College of Art, Beijing Sport University, Beijing, China


Objective: To explore the research progress and application insights of self-questioning my decision theory in the field of movement. METHODS: A search of domestic and international literature on exercise and SDT was conducted between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2020 using the China Knowledge Network full-text journal database, Web of Science and Baidu Academic, respectively. RESULTS: Social support has a facilitative effect on exercise behaviour through the social environment, parental peer relationships, and the basic psychological needs theory of relational needs, autonomy needs and competence needs between the social environment and physical and mental health. Targeting autonomous forms of motivation in interventions is an effective way to promote physical activity in children and adolescents. Autonomy environment and motivation have an impact on physical activity, physical learning enjoyment, participation, effort and willingness to continue to participate in physical activity in the future. Sdt-related theory can be used to predict the behaviour associated with assessing physical activity with positive predictive effects. CONCLUSION: SDT theory can promote individual motivation to engage in sport from promoting sport participation.


self-determination, exercise, basic psychological needs, motivation

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Minsheng Ye. Research advances in self-determination theory in the field of exercise and implications for its application. Frontiers in Sport Research (2021) Vol. 3, Issue 5: 46-50. https://doi.org/10.25236/FSR.2021.030509.


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