Perceptions From Women Athletic Trainers Who Have Departed the Traditional Setting in Athletic Training

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Stephanie M. Mazerolle University of Connecticut

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Emily Sterling University of South Carolina

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Jim Mench University of South Carolina

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Women athletic trainers leave the profession of athletic training after the age of 28. The reasons appear complex, but are not well defined in the literature, as many studies examine intent, not actual attrition. We used a descriptive qualitative study with a general inductive approach. Twelve females (4 single with no children, 5 married with children, and 3 married with no children) who left the profession of athletic training between the ages of 28 and 35 participated. Attrition from athletic training for our participants was triggered by organizational, individual, and sociocultural factors. These can be broken down to four main themes of family values, work-life imbalance, sexism, and financial concerns.

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