Year of Award
Thesis - Campus Access Only
Master of Science (MS)
Department or School/College
Department of Health and Human Performance
Charles Palmer, Patty Kero
athletic training, clinical experience, education, role strain
University of Montana
ABSTRACT. Howard, Christine, M.S., December 2013 Health & Human Performance Descriptive Study on the Academic and Employment Expectations of Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainers Chairperson: Dr. Valerie Moody Introduction: It is common for newly certified athletic trainers to acquire a graduate assistantship as a certified athletic trainer. This graduate assistantship is a unique role in the profession where they juggle the demands of the job as a certified athletic trainer with the demands of attending graduate school full-time. There are few studies on this specific population of athletic trainers. Objective: To describe the academic and employment expectations of graduate assistant certified athletic trainers, Design: A descriptive study that used an electronic survey to explore the expectations of graduate assistant athletic trainers. Methods: National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) sent a broadcast email to 302 ‘certified-student’ members inviting them to participate in the study. Two reminder emails were also sent during the collection period. Eighty graduate assistant athletic trainers completed the survey in its entirety for a response rate of 26.5%. Intervention: Expectations of Graduate Assistant Certified Athletic Trainers Survey (EGAATCS) was developed using SurveyMonkey software. The survey consists of 7 demographic questions and 36 questions pertaining to specific job requirements (employment expectations) and academics (academic expectations), as well as two open-ended optional questions asking about the rewards and challenges of the position. Analysis: Quantitative data was analyzed using Microsoft Excel. Qualitative data analysis used a grounded theory approach that utilized open, axial, and selective coding procedures. Results: Graduate assistant certified athletic trainers focus more on their job and employment responsibilities than they do on their academic responsibilities. Conclusion: Graduate assistant certified athletic trainers are expected to attend graduate school full time while working (essentially) a full time job. Balance and time management pose to be the biggest challenges they face, while the most gratifying aspect was found in their socialization and clinical experiences. Keywords: clinical experience, education, athletic training, role strain
Howard, Christine D., "DESCRIPTIVE STUDY ON THE ACADEMIC AND EMPLOYMENT EXPECTATIONS OF GRADUATE ASSISTANT ATHLETIC TRAINERS" (2013). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 4170.
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