Introduction: The aim of this study was to compare the social-contextual environment (autonomy-support, Controlling), motivational orientation (intrinsic motivation, identified regulation, introjected regulation and external regulation) and basic psychological needs (competence, autonomy and relatedness) in adolescent athletes of martial and non-martial sports.
Method: The method is a causal – ... [Show full abstract] comparative research. 288 (152 martial and 136 non-martial athletes) adolescent athletes from Urmia city were cluster-randomly selected as the sample of this research and completed the Autonomy Supportive and Controlling Environment, Basic Psychological Needs Satisfaction and Behavioural Regulation in Sport (BRSQ) Questionnaires.
Results: The results using multivariate analysis of variance showed that non- martial sport's athletes have significantly more autonomy-supportive environment, competence satisfaction, internal motivation, and identified regulation as well less controlling environment and exterinsic motivation.
Conclusion: Results are discussed based on self-determination theory. Overall, these findings suggest that social-context, competence satisfaction, and motivational orientation are differ in adolescent athletes of martial and non-martial sports.