Document Type


Session Format

Graduate Research Poster (no oral presentation)

Publication Date

Spring 3-21-2023

Faculty Advisor

Sarah Myers


The primary goal of this study was to analyze factors that may affect the

longevity and commitment of a career within the profession of athletic

training. Aspects that were assessed include salary, perceived value,

scheduling, hours worked, work demands, available leisure time,

parenting, and family responsibilities.1 Previous research focused heavily

on work life balance in the athletic training profession. More specifically,

what challenges certified athletic trainers (ATs) face within their

workplace that may cause conflict in establishing as well as maintaining

work life balance and its impact on retention of ATs in the profession.

Literature supports many ATs experienced burnout among all settings

such as secondary schools, collegiate, clinical, and even amongst graduate

students gaining a clinical experience.1,2 Burnout may contribute to the job

satisfaction and commitment to the profession when difficulties are faced

beyond the control of the AT.3 The data in this study was evaluated to

determine if any trends are present among aspects of the online survey.

The survey was composed of questions related to factors effecting job

satisfaction and commitment. There were multiple significant findings

found within the study, specifically when discussing the motivation levels

throughout the career of an athletic trainer comparing beginning the

profession to current time. Additionally, the aspects such as perceived

value in the workplace, relationship with partnered healthcare

professionals, scheduling, and personal leisure were found to have the

largest impact on ATs retention.



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