Positive and negative influences perceived by minority students toward a career in athletic training.
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Objective: The lack of diversity in the profession of athletic training is a concern as other healthcare professions increase. This research explores the influences and barriers that students perceive exist for choosing this profession and how race or ethnicity plays a role. Design and Setting: The study is a mixed methods research which is using a survey and interviews to provide data. The study is specifically looking at professional athletic training programs in the state of Missouri. Subjects: Undergraduate students currently enrolled in an accredited athletic training program in the State of Missouri. Measurements: Surveys were distributed and collected via Qualtrics and results were analyzed through a Kruskall-Wallis test and a MannWhitney U test. Interviews were transcribed and coded to determine common themes. Results: Significant differences were found between the responses of White and minority students on survey items related to college advisors, desire to help diverse patient populations, and a lack of role models in the profession. Conclusions: Policies related to the advising of potential athletic training students must be assessed to look at possible racial bias, and efforts to recruit diverse student populations should be a priority for athletic training education programs. Key Words: Athletic Training Education, Professional Socialization, Critical Race Theory