Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Higher Education Administration: M.S.
Educational Administration and Higher Education
School of Education
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Keywords and Subject Headings
Athletic Training, Professional Sports, Female Athletic Trainers, Athletic Training Programs, Work-Life Balance
Female athletic trainers working in male professional sports are represented at a number strongly disproportionate to the number of female athletic trainers making up the profession. This research study works to focus on how athletic training education programs (ATP) have successfully set up the female athletic trainers who have made it to professional sports. The goal was to focus on what these education programs were doing to set their students apart from other athletic training programs. Three female athletic trainers currently working in male professional sports were interviewed for this qualitative research study by utilizing semi-structured interviewing. The data was then coded using In Vivo coding, concept coding, and sub coding. Combining these techniques allowed the researcher to best analyze the data for common themes among the participant's responses. The paper will discuss these themes in greater detail towards the end of the paper, arguing there are specific things athletic training education programs can do to help propel their students to the professional leagues. Areas of future need and focus were described as well throughout the course of the study.
Champ, Caitlyn, "Perspectives from Female Athletic Trainers in Men's Professional Sports: How Their Athletic Training Programs Set Them Up for Success" (2021). Culminating Projects in Higher Education Administration. 51.