Coping Behaviors of Collegiate Athletic Trainers and Their Causal Relationship to Career Intentions

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We examined coping behaviors of athletic trainers as characterized by hardiness, resiliency, and positive affectivity, and whether these individual-level factors relate to the career intentions of collegiate athletic trainers. A total of 423 (193 men, 230 women) athletic trainers employed in the NCAA setting completed our study. Women had statistically significant higher intention-to-leave scores than their male counterparts, and years of experience did not statistically impact intention-to-leave scores. Individuals with higher hardiness, positive affectivity, and resiliency scores had lower intention-to-leave scores. Athletic trainers who have higher coping behaviors are less likely to leave the profession.

Mazerolle is an associate professor of Athletic Training, Department of Kinesiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT. Eason is with the School of Health Sciences, Lasell College, Newton, MA. Goodman is with Department of Health & Exercise Science, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.

Mazerolle (stephanie.mazerolle@uconn.edu) is corresponding author.
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