Navigation Links
Locker room talk: How male athletes portray female athletic trainers
Date:7/13/2010

A college quarterback coming into the locker room with a dislocated shoulder wouldn't care whether the athletic trainer taking care of him is male or female -- or would he? A study from North Carolina State University examining male football players' perceptions of female athletic trainers and their comfort level in being treated by females shows that the quarterback would most likely prefer a male, unless the dislocated shoulder made him depressed.

"Previous research had shown that male and female athletes overall feel more comfortable with treatment by same-gender athletic trainers for gender-specific injuries and conditions," says Dr. Heidi Grappendorf, assistant professor of parks, recreation and tourism management at NC State. "We wanted to specifically examine football players' comfort level by same and opposite sex athletic trainers for gender and non-gender-specific injuries while seeing if gender stereotypes influenced opinions."

The study showed that male football players were more comfortable with treatment by a male athletic trainer for both gender-specific injuries such as sports hernias as well non-gender-specific injuries like a dislocated shoulder. When it came to general psychological conditions, there were no significant differences between a preference for a male or female trainer. For the treatment of depression, however, there was a significant preference for female trainers. Data were collected through questionnaires given to football players in two National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I programs.

Because there is a social stigma associated with depression, the potential exists that football players could be viewed as "weak" if they divulge that information to male athletic trainers, the researchers say. Also, because of their prescribed ideas about gender rolls, football players may find more comfort in talking to female trainers about depression.

"Over half of our participants described female athletic trainers using communal terms consistent with gender roles stereotypically attributed to women such as caring, nurturing and affectionate," says Caitlin O'Connor, who co-authored the paper while finishing her master's degree at NC State. "Clearly, we can see some prejudice based upon the gender of athletic trainers."

Researchers believe there is an incongruity between the stereotypical gender role of women and their presence in the male-dominated football environment, suggesting that there could be a backlash against women in the locker room.

"It is plausible to suggest that the football athletic training room could be viewed by football players as an 'inappropriate' place for women regardless of their education or experience," says Grappendorf. "Additional research needs to be done to see if the presence of female athletic trainers could actually reduce the likelihood of male athletes reporting injuries."


'/>"/>

Contact: Caroline Barnhill
caroline_barnhill@ncsu.edu
919-515-6251
North Carolina State University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Study finds beta blockers alone more effective for first variceal bleeding
2. Beta Blockers May Slow Spread of Breast Cancer
3. Beta-blockers help reduce metastasis and improve survival in breast cancer patients
4. Element Endurance – Custom Energy Bars for Athletes
5. Young Athletes Warned of Drug Dangers
6. Athletes for Hope Awarded $2 Million Grant by Kellogg Foundation
7. Breathing Exercises May Boost Athletes Performance
8. Young Athletes Overuse Their Bodies and Strike Out Too Early
9. Inspired Endurance, E-tailer of Jewelry for Walkers, Runners, Marathoners and Triathletes, Introduces Endurance and Inspiration Beads Collection
10. Doctors use ultrasound to diagnose possible muscular trauma in professional athletes on-site
11. CooperVision Launches Contact Sports to Help Teen Athletes Gear Up
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/25/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... July 25, 2017 , ... ... Winner for its Product Innovation in the prestigious CEO World Awards®. The coveted ... performance, new products and services, CEO case studies, corporate social responsibility, and milestones ...
(Date:7/25/2017)... ... July 25, 2017 , ... SignatureCare Emergency Center – South Austin is ... 24 Hours a day. , The Emergency Room opened early March, ... open four months now and things are running smoothly,” said Aaron Braun, SignatureCare Emergency ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... PARK (PRWEB) , ... July 24, 2017 , ... Engineers ... is bio-compatible, because it produces the same kind of electrical energy that the body ... the form of moving electrons. This flow of electrons out of the battery is ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... ... July 24, 2017 , ... ... kklaproth(at)robinsmorton(dot)com , Robins & Morton, Perkins Will, Newcomb & Boyd, Walter P ... of the new Destination Medical Building located at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, ...
(Date:7/24/2017)... ... July 24, 2017 , ... Cheerag D. Upadhyaya , ... Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute (SLMBNI), part of Saint Luke’s Health System . ... , Cheerag D. Upadhyaya, MD. M.Sc., FAANS joins Stanley P. Fisher, M.D., ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/14/2017)... July 14, 2017 Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ... August 8, 2017.  Members of its senior management team will host ... at 8:30 a.m. ET. The dial-in number to ... International (678) 509-7598, and the passcode is 45397076. Please dial in ... A replay of the call will be ...
(Date:7/13/2017)... , July 13, 2017  New York City-based market research ... markets should be aware of.  From new products to new ... detailed in a recently completed study, Potential Pipeline Disruptors ... 1.  Age-Driven Growth - True ... been aware of the impact the growing population and, to ...
(Date:7/11/2017)... N.J. , July 11, 2017  Bayer has awarded ... eight countries as part of its prestigious Bayer Hemophilia Awards ... Hospital of Philadelphia and Uniformed Services ... are among the winners. Grant recipients were announced last ... and Hemostasis (ISTH) 2017 Congress, Berlin, Germany ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: