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J Athl Train. 2011 Mar-Apr;46(2):194-205. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-46.2.194.

Assessing strategies to manage work and life balance of athletic trainers working in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I setting.

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Department of Kinesiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs 06269-1110, USA. stephanie.mazerolle@uconn.edu

Abstract

CONTEXT:

Certified athletic trainers (ATs) working at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I level experience challenges balancing their professional and personal lives. However, an understanding of the strategies ATs use to promote a balance between their professional and personal lives is lacking.

OBJECTIVE:

To identify the strategies ATs employed in the Division I setting use to establish a balance between their professional and personal lives.

DESIGN:

Qualitative investigation using inductive content analysis.

SETTING:

Athletic trainers employed at Division I schools from 5 National Athletic Trainers' Association districts.

PATIENTS OR OTHER PARTICIPANTS:

A total of 28 (15 women, 13 men) ATs aged 35 ± 9 years volunteered for the study.

DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS:

Asynchronous electronic interviews with follow-up phone interviews. Data were analyzed using inductive content analysis. Peer review, member checking, and data-source triangulation were conducted to establish trustworthiness.

RESULTS:

Three higher-order themes emerged from the analysis. The initial theme, antecedents of work-family conflict, focused on the demands of the profession, flexibility of work schedules, and staffing patterns as contributing to work-life conflict for this group of ATs. The other 2 emergent higher-order themes, professional factors and personal factors, describe the components of a balanced lifestyle. The second-order theme of constructing the professional factors included both organizational policies and individual strategies, whereas the second-order theme of personal factors was separation of work and life and a supportive personal network.

CONCLUSIONS:

Long work hours, lack of control over work schedules, and unbalanced athlete-to-AT ratios can facilitate conflicts. However, as demonstrated by our results, several organizational and personal strategies can be helpful in creating a balanced lifestyle.

PMID:
21391805
PMCID:
PMC3070507
DOI:
10.4085/1062-6050-46.2.194
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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