Job Transfers of Hawaiʻi Secondary School Athletic Trainers: Purpose and Place

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2023
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Lee, Samuel Yeh-Chang
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Murata, Nathan
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An important feature in supporting interscholastic athletics is the health care of student-athletes. Athletic trainers (ATs) are particularly qualified to provide health care to this population. They are nationally certified health care providers who help with the prevention, treatment and care, and rehabilitation of injuries. Many schools in the U.S.A. do not offer full- time AT services to care for the injuries that occur during athletic participation. In the public secondary school system of Hawaiʻi, every high school has a full-time AT position. Many of these schools have two full-time AT positions. Some Hawaiʻi independent schools also have two or more full-time AT positions. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore why individuals transfer within Hawaiʻi secondary school AT jobs. Ten total ATs from public and independent schools were interviewed. Documents such as AT job descriptions and athletic event coverage guidelines were also collected to enhance the context and understanding of what ATs do. A demographic survey was also conducted which elicited information about ATs. The following themes emerged from the interviews—personal aspirations, job satisfaction, access to resources, and support. Seeking fulfillment of life purpose, these ATs found that working in the Hawaiʻi secondary school setting was optimal for who they are and what they want to do. However, there are times in life when a job transfer within this setting may be a better choice to consider amidst a spectrum of different options.
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Educational administration, athletic trainers, Hawaiʻi secondary schools, job transfers
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