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The study investigated psychological determinants and sports participation among secondary school students in Obudu Local Government Area of Cross River State, Nigeria. To achieve this purpose, two null hypotheses were formulated and tested at .05 level of significance. A detailed review of literature was carried out in accordance with the variables of the study. Survey research design was used for the study. To select the eight public secondary schools, simple random sampling technique was adopted while systematic sampling technique was adopted to select the two hundred and forty five (245) respondents used for the study. A structured questionnaire was the instrument used for data collection. The instrument was face validated by relevant persons. To test the hypotheses formulated for the study, Pearson product moment correlation statistical tool was adopted for data analysis. The result obtained from analysis of data and testing of hypotheses revealed that there was a significant relationship between emotional stability, interest and sports participation among secondary school students in the study area. Based on these findings it was recommended among others that sports psychologists should continue to engage students in counseling sessions that would help to improve their emotional stability and subsequent participation in sports.


Psychological determinants, Sports Participation, Emotional stability, Interest

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