Social support, autonomy, and job satisfaction are among the factors influencing female athletic trainers' decisions to remain in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I (NCAA D-I) setting, but the male perspective has not been documented.
Identify factors that affect male athletic trainers' decisions to remain in the NCAA D-I setting.
Qualitative study. Participants: 11 male athletictrainers who averaged 6 ± 6 years of NCAA D-I clinical experience, 66 ± 10 working hours per week during the traditional sport season, and 34 ± 5 years of age.
Data collection and analysis:
In-depth, semistructured interviews. Two researchers followed the steps of a grounded theory study and analyzed data independently.
Two main persistence themes emerged from the data: (1) D-I atmosphere and (2) workplace environment.
Our findings suggest that male athletic trainers remain in the NCAA D-I setting because of satisfaction with their employment, which includes a competitive atmosphere, strong coworker relationships, and support from their supervisors.