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Importance of selected athletic trainer employment characteristics in collegiate, sports medicine clinic, and high school settings.
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PMID:  16558520     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
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OBJECTIVE: We examined employer importance ratings of 35 employee characteristics in the collegiate, sports medicine clinic, and high school settings and made comparisons among these settings. DESIGN AND SETTING: All prospective employers were sent a survey. Of the 472 surveys mailed, 282 (60%) were returned, with a sample error rate of 1.9%. SUBJECTS: All prospective employers listed on the NATA position vacancy notices from January 1, 1994 to October 1, 1994. MEASUREMENTS: Employers were asked to rate 35 employee characteristics as "not important" " minimally important," " important." or "very important." Additionally, employers chose 1 of 15 job descriptors that best identified their position vacancy. These 15 descriptors were then categorized into collegiate, sports medicine clinic, and high school settings. Discriminant analysis and analysis of variance procedures were used to determine if the 35 employee characteristics differed across the 3 settings. RESULTS: The discriminant analysis produced 2 significant discriminant functions (P < .05) with 23 of the original 35 characteristics remaining in the analysis. The first function discriminated between the collegiate setting and the other settings, with the collegiate setting scoring the highest. The second function discriminated among all 3 groups, with the sports medicine clinic and high school settings scoring the highest and lowest, respectively. Additionally, the analyses of variance (ANOVAs) revealed that 21 of the characteristics remaining in the discriminant analysis differed across the 3 settings. CONCLUSIONS: Employers from all 3 settings rated educational program reputation, written recommendations, job interview performance, and NATA-BOC certification eligibility as important to very important. For the collegiate setting, 7 characteristics were rated above important and included such characteristics as possession of a master's degree and collegiate experience. For the sports medicine clinic, 8 characteristics were rated above important and included sports medicine clinic experience, high school experience, and sport-specific experience. Finally, for the high school setting, 5 characteristics were rated above important. These included NATA-BOC certification, a bachelor's degree, and high school experience.
Authors:
B L Arnold; B M Gansneder; B L Van Lunen; J E Szczerba; C G Mattacola; D H Perrin
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of athletic training     Volume:  33     ISSN:  1062-6050     ISO Abbreviation:  J Athl Train     Publication Date:  1998 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-06-29     Completed Date:  2010-06-29     Revised Date:  2010-09-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9301647     Medline TA:  J Athl Train     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  254-8     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 22903.
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