Perceptions of the athletic training profession by a collegiate athlete patient population

Patient satisfaction is an advancing topic amongst health care professions, but athletic training has not kept up with these advances. The purpose of this study was to assess patient satisfaction and perception of the athletic training profession as related to their exposure to athletic training services over the course of an athletic career. Four hundred one student-athletes from a single institution were sent an email containing a link to the online-questionnaire, 93 student-athletes submitted the questionnaire. Weak negative correlations were found between questions regarding patient satisfaction with athletic training care and patient perception of the athletic training profession. Results imply, with minimal effect, that as patient satisfaction with athletic training care increased, their perception of the athletic training profession decreased. This research advances athletic training when it comes to patient satisfaction evaluation and introduces a new idea of patient perception of the entire profession that can help athletic training progress as a health care profession