Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Moral and Social Reasoning of Certified and Student Athletic Trainers: A Question of Care. (Sports Medicine)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Moral and Social Reasoning of Certified and Student Athletic Trainers: A Question of Care. (Sports Medicine)

Article excerpt

As a helping/service profession, an athletic trainer's mission is to enhance the quality of care, prevention, and rehabilitation of athletes' athletic injuries. Typically service professions, because of the inherent nature of caring for others, generally use a more principled level of moral reasoning. Much research has examined moral reasoning with competitive populations and lately some on social values, the relative worth that an individual places on issues of loyalty, hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. Researchers have found that moral reasoning of competitive populations is truncated whereas social reasoning is elevated. Apparently the competitive process hinders moral reasoning while competition appears to support and develop social values. Little research has evaluated the moral reasoning and social reasoning process of athletic trainers as members of a competitive arena. The purpose of this study was to examine the moral reasoning and social reasoning of certified and student athletic trainers. Part icipants were 21 randomly selected certified and 13 student athletic trainers (15 women and 19 men) IRB approval was granted and all signed letters of informed consent. Participants took the RSBH Values inventory ( a valid and reliable tool for measuring moral and social reasoning, Chronbach alphas ranging from .77 to .88 moral side and .71 to .76 social side). The two-part instrument measures moral reasoning and social reasoning. …

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