Some surveys have pointed out that only a portion of young people practice sports with some regularity, and that of those who start sport practice, there is a high rate of abandonment. In this sense, experts indicate that understanding the motives that lead to sport practice could be an important way to understand this phenomenon, especially for young ages. The expectation is that this publication can provide important information on motivational indicators related to sports practice in young ages, which may contribute significantly to the expansion of new knowledge in the area, offering a new option to aid future studies on the theme, in addition to assisting in intervention actions in the school context and in the scope of exercise and sport. Thus, the present chapter aims to present conceptual approaches that support research involving sports practice motivation in young ages. In addition, the study brings data from one of the largest investigations of sport practice motives of Brazilian pupil-athletes.
Part of the book: Sport Psychology in Sports, Exercise and Physical Activity