Work-Family Conflict and Guilt among Athletic Trainers: Influences of Family Role Performance, Years of Experience and National Collegiate Athletic Association Level

Stephanie M. Singe – University of Connecticut
Alexandrya Cairns – University of Connecticut
Christianne M. Eason – University of Connecticut
Paige E. Marion – University of Connecticut

The work-life interface continues to be a central focus for those working in sport; yet despite the growth in understanding the complexities of balancing work, life, and home roles much is yet to be explored. The aim of this study was to better understand the athletic trainer’s experiences of work-family conflict and guilt while working for the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) member institutions as it pertained specifically to years of experience, age, and level within the NCAA. We used an online cross-sectional survey (Qualtrics, Provo, UT) to collect demographics, scales, and supporting questions. Results indicate that age and years of experience are variables that are associated with experiences of work-family conflict and guilt. Athletic trainers working in the collegiate setting are experiencing work-family guilt. Marriage and family are contributing factors for collegiate athletic trainers to experience work-family conflict, and feel work-family guilt. Our findings also imply that working in the Division I setting for the athletic trainer increases experiences of work-family conflict.