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Stephanie Mazerolle, Christianne M. Eason and Stephanie Clines

The graduate assistant (GA) athletic trainer position often symbolizes an important transitory role from student to autonomous practitioner. The position also is used to help gain valuable experience for future employment. Our purpose was to understand the socialization process of the GA athletic trainer as well as investigate the career intentions as they begin to seek employment following their experiences in that transitory role. Twenty-five (5 males, 20 females) GA athletic trainers were recruited and participated in this study. Findings indicate the experiences of novice athletic trainers serving as GAs have the potential to both positively or negatively influence perceptions of the athletic training profession and, ultimately, career intentions.

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Stephanie M. Mazerolle, Christianne M. Eason and Ashley Goodman

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.

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Christianne M. Eason, Stephanie M. Singe and Kelsey Rynkiewicz

Work–family guilt (WFG) is a measure used to assess guilt related to work interference with family and family interference with work. While work–family conflict (WFC) has been studied in the athletic trainer (AT) population, WFG has not. The purpose of this study was to gather descriptive data on WFG and to determine if WFC can predict WFG. There were significant positive associations between WFG and hours worked, but no sex differences in WFG or WFC exist. WFG was predicted by WFC. Results indicate higher levels of WFG and WFC are associated with a greater number of hours worked. Because guilt can negatively impact overall health, steps should be taken to mitigate WFC and WFG.

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Stephanie M. Mazerolle, Christianne M. Eason, Rhyan A. Lazar and James M. Mensch

We examined factors that have contributed to career longevity in the profession of athletic training in the NCAA Division I setting. Longevity is an important topic for athletic trainers, as many depart the setting for various reasons, and viability of a lifelong career is often questioned. Fourteen (11 males and 3 females) athletic trainers who have worked in NCAA Division I athletics for 15 years or more volunteered to participate in this study and completed one-on-one phone interviews. An inductive analysis was completed. Data saturation was reached with our sample, and we completed member checks and multiple analyst triangulation. Our results showed having a passion for the role and job, having an acceptance of the athletics lifestyle, having a support network, and having family and work integration were the major reasons our participants have been able to persist as an athletic trainer within the NCAA Division I setting.

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Stephanie M. Mazerolle, Jessica L. Barrett, Christianne M. Eason and Sara L. Nottingham