Perceptual and Contextual Sources of Athletic Training Confidence: The Transition to Professional Entry Level Master’s Programs

Pfeifer, Craig E. ORCID: 0000-0002-0635-4956, Moore, Erin, Seiler, Brian, Thomason, Caroline and Monsma, Eva V. (2019) Perceptual and Contextual Sources of Athletic Training Confidence: The Transition to Professional Entry Level Master’s Programs. Journal of Sports Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, 4 (3). pp. 1-17. doi:10.25035/jsmahs.04.03.02

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The shift of athletic training education from undergraduate degrees to professional master’s degrees and the prominence of computer-based credentialing may impact the hands-on experiences beneficial for developing confidence in athletic training competency domains. Health care provider confidence is critical for clinical skill development, performance and enhancing patient care. Purpose: To examine domain specific efficacy, its sources, learning contexts (i.e., classroom, laboratory, clinical settings) and clinical characteristics by program types. Method: Descriptive, cross-sectional design where 178 Athletic Trainers (AT; age 24.25 + 3.76, n = 72 male, n = 106 female) participated in the study (Master’s Program (MP) = 38; Undergraduate Program (UG) = 140). A questionnaire examining athletic training confidence was administered throughout multiple universities with accredited athletic training programs. Background characteristics, certification exam attempts, and programmatic characteristics were also ascertained. Results: Clinical settings were similar in both program types and there were few differences in domain-specific efficacy. Imaginal experiences, verbal persuasion and emotional states sources of efficacy differentiated master’s from undergraduate students. Conclusions: Sources of efficacy (e.g. vicarious experiences) occur naturally in athletic training educational settings; however, these sources need to be utilized. Educators should be informed about efficacy sources and devise strategies targeting each source for implementation across evolving learning contexts.

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Article Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Confidence; Self-efficacy; Bandura
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2019 15:33
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 09:08

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