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Graduate Research Poster (no oral presentation)

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Objective Psychological support for an athlete is equally as important as physiological support when it comes to injury recovery. The purpose of this research was to determine if athletic.trainers feel comfortable and equipped to provide social support for athletes during injury recovery and understand athletic trainers’ views on sports psychology course offerings within an accredited athletic training program. Design A 16 questions Qualtrics survey with 4 demographic questions, 7 yes/no questions, and 5 scaled questions (1 = least comfortable to 4 = most comfortable) was used. Participants 29 certified athletic trainers, recruited via convivence and snowball sampling met inclusion criteria participated (21 females, 8 males). Data Analysis Data analyzed using a paired samples t-test in SPSS. Results Male respondents were more likely to think that social support was being taught well in their programs, and female respondents were more likely to think that more content should be taught on social support. There was a significant difference between participants who took a sports psychology class and participants who thought athletic training students could benefit from a sports psychology class (t(28)=-4.446, p