Self-efficacy is an important factor for job success, but it has been cited as a missing factor in new athletic training graduates. Therefore, the objective of this study was to find what factors affect the development of self-efficacy in the recently graduated certified athletic trainer. A qualitative survey method was utilized that involved questions aimed to extract as much personal opinion and experiences as possible. Online surveys were sent out electronically to 1,000 prospective participants. A total of 64 survey responses were received but only 52 surveys were qualified for inclusion into the study. Data was collected via the online survey service and analyzed through review, synthesis, and extraction of common themes. Several themes were extracted and considered as factors that affect self-efficacy development in the recently graduated certified athletic trainer. The results provide legitimate suggestions for how to increase self-confidence in the athletic training student.
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