Year of Award


Document Type


Degree Type

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Degree Name

Educational Leadership

Department or School/College

School of Education

Committee Chair

William P. McCaw

Commitee Members

Frances L. O'Reilly, John Matt, Valerie Moody, Megan Chilson


Athletic trainers, Athletic training, College sports, Higher education, Leadership


University of Montana


Importance of Leadership Competencies in College and University Staff Athletic Trainers: Perceptions of Head Athletic Trainers This quantitative study utilized a survey design to determine the level of importance head athletic trainers at the college and university level place on their staff athletic trainers displaying previously identified leadership competencies. Data were collected using a web-based questionnaire designed for the study. Participants were 326 college and university head athletic trainers closely resembling the characteristics of the population. Data were analyzed with descriptive statistics to determine the level of importance assigned to each competency and the demographic responses of participants. Inferential statistics were used to identify relationships between the demographic characteristics of participants and the level of importance assigned to the competencies. The competencies were also sorted into categories of Leadership, Management, and Personal Characteristics using the Competency Coding Matrix designed, and evaluated for internal consistency by the researcher. The Competency Coding Matrix was developed using established definitions of leadership and management, allowing its use for differentiating between management, leadership, and personal characteristics in settings beyond the field of athletic training. The level of importance assigned to the competencies within each category were compared to determine the ranked importance of the categories. Data collected in this study indicated that (a) a high level of importance was placed on each of the competencies, (b) few demographic factors impacted the level of importance assigned to the competencies by participants, (c) the previously identified competencies included knowledge, skills, and abilities representing leadership, management, and personal characteristics, and (d) the highest level of importance was assigned to competencies in the category of Management followed by Personal Characteristics, and then Leadership.



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