Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Job Responsibilities of Athletic Trainers

UNCP Author/Contributor (non-UNCP co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Hannah M. Lee (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Susan Edkins, EdD. LAT, ATC

Abstract: COVID-19 has significantly affected healthcare providers, such as athletic trainers (ATs), since its onset one year ago. Throughout the pandemic, ATs have worked on the frontlines of health care services, yet there are still those that fail to see the value of ATs. This purpose of this study was to determine how the pandemic impacted ATs’ job status, settings, and responsibilities one year into the pandemic. Participants were recruited through social media to participate in a 14-question online survey that included demographics, Likert scale, and open-ended questions. 50% of participants that remained in their pre-COVID setting were forced to adjust to additional or different job responsibilities brought on by the pandemic, while the other 50% were forced to seek new or additional employment due to having experienced unpaid furlough, reduced work hours/time, or being laid off. These ATs reported transitioning to work in COVID clinics, hospitals/ERs, and wherever they were needed. Some ATs expressed serious concern for themselves mentally while still reporting feelings of appreciation of some of the effects of the pandemic. Despite mental/physical exhaustion, burnout, and uncertainty, most ATs in this study adapted well and were willing to adjust as needed to meet the needs of their patients. While playing a key role in the pandemic response, either by performing additional responsibilities required of them or utilizing their skills in other or additional settings, ATs have maintained flexibility and will continue to do so.

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Honors Project
Esther G. Maynor Honors College
Language: English
Date: 2021
Athletic Trainers, COVID-19, Pandemic, NATA,

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