Retention factors for athletic trainers (ATs) generally include autonomy, work-life balance, and job satisfaction, but little is known specifically about the position of Head AT.
To investigate factors that influence retention of the Head AT in a leadership role.
A qualitative study that employed structured interviews.
Patients or Other Participants:
18 Head ATs (13 males, 5 females; 44 ± 8 years of age; 22 ± 7 years of experience in the role) participated.
Data Collection and Analysis:
Participants responded to a series of questions presented through an online interview. The data were analyzed through a general inductive approach.
Two key retention factors that were identified by the analysis were enjoyment of the work setting and professional motivation.
Head ATs remain in their positions due to rewarding relationships with staff members and student-athletes. A commitment to lifelong learning for professional development also exerts a positive influence for retention.