Influencing Factors for Athletic Training Students

by Jema Swanson
Athletic Training
Faculty advisor: Danelle Smith

There are many students who get a degree in athletic training but choose to seek a career in other professions. With the demand for athletic trainers increasing, it is important to investigate what causes athletic training students to decide to not enter into the profession. This study is to determine if athletic training students’ perception of their approved clinical instructor (ACI) or clinical instructor (CI) influences their decision on entering the athletic training profession. These perceptions are based on recognizing job satisfaction factors of their ACIs or CIs. Recent studies have found that the decision of athletic training students’ to enter or not enter the profession was influenced by many things, one of which was by their ACI or CI’s attitude toward their profession or work setting. For this study, a survey will be sent out to the 6 Iowa conference accredited athletic training education programs followed up by interviews based on the survey results. Results of this study could affect things such as the recruitment of employees, importance of ACI or CI’s attitudes when working with athletic training students, and need of further education regarding various work setting opportunities for athletic training students. This may also affect the need for more opportunities presented to students such as job shadowing or interning the different areas or divisions of athletic training in order to expand their knowledge on their options for possible work settings.