Close menu


Sunderland Repository records the research produced by the University of Sunderland including practice-based research and theses.

Passion and exercise addiction: Healthier profiles in team than in individual sports

Kovacsik, Rita, Soos, Istvan, de la Vega, Ricardo, Ruíz-Barquín, Roberto and Szabo, Attila (2018) Passion and exercise addiction: Healthier profiles in team than in individual sports. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 18 (2). pp. 176-186. ISSN 1557-251X

Item Type: Article


New evidence suggests that passion is linked to exercise addiction. The objective of this work was to determine the strength of the relationship between exercise addiction, obsessive passion, and harmonious passion in team versus individual sports. Athletes (n = 190) from three team and three individual sports were examined. Results of hierarchical multiple regressions revealed that obsessive passion and harmonious passion were significant (p < .001) predictors (R2 = .39) of exercise addiction. Obsessive passion accounted for 25% and 50% of the variance in team and individual sports, respectively. Harmonious passion added little to the shared variance (3–4%). The levels of risk for exercise addiction were identical (15%) in the two groups. In team sports, harmonious passion was higher than in individual sports (p < .001). The current results suggest that profiles of passion in team sports are superior to those in individual sports, while the risk for exercise addiction is similar.

Passion and exercise addiction Healthier profiles in team than in individual sports.pdf - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

Download (547kB) | Preview

More Information

Additional Information: ** Article version: VoR ** From Crossref via Jisc Publications Router ** History: epub 14-07-2018; issued 14-07-2018; ppub 03-03-2020. ** Licence for VoR version of this article starting on 14-07-2018:
Uncontrolled Keywords: Applied Psychology, Social Psychology
Related URLs:
SWORD Depositor: Publication Router
Depositing User: Publication Router


Item ID: 11903
Identification Number:
ISSN: 1557-251X
Official URL:

Users with ORCIDS

ORCID for Ricardo de la Vega: ORCID iD
ORCID for Attila Szabo: ORCID iD

Catalogue record

Date Deposited: 26 May 2020 18:12
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2020 11:02


Author: Ricardo de la Vega ORCID iD
Author: Attila Szabo ORCID iD
Author: Rita Kovacsik
Author: Istvan Soos
Author: Roberto Ruíz-Barquín

University Divisions

Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing > School of Nursing and Health Sciences > Department of Sport and Excercise Sciences

Actions (login required)

View Item (Repository Staff Only) View Item (Repository Staff Only)