Factors that Impede and Promote the Persistence of Black Women in Athletic Training Programs

Bonnie J. Siple, Rodney K. Hopson, Helen C. Sobehart, Paula Sammarone Turocy

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Black women are dramatically underrepresented in the health care profession of athletic training. The research identifies impeding barriers such as racism, sexism, lack of support, and unpreparedness to the successful college completion of ethnically diverse students. However, there are black women who have successfully overcome those impeding barriers to become athletic trainers (ATs). Mentoring is one factor that has been identified as supportive to the retention of ethnically diverse college students.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-147
JournalAthletic Training Education Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • clinical education
  • preceptor
  • mentoring
  • impedance
  • promotion
  • ethnically diverse
  • retention
  • athletic trainers

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