Preferred Name

Kaleb Cusack

Creative Commons License

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Date of Graduation

Summer 2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of Graduate Psychology


Robert Harmison

Gregg Henriques

Cara Meixner


The purpose of the study was to explore the relationship between the athletic trainer created motivational climate and rehabilitation adherence displayed by their athletes. Four certified athletic trainers from one National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I institution participated. The study implemented a convergent mixed methods design, using the Rehabilitation Adherence Measure for Athletic Training as a quantitative measure of adherence and a semi-structured interview to establish the strategies athletic trainers use to organize the rehabilitation process, provide feedback to athletes, and evaluate rehabilitation progress. The semi-structured interview also allowed for other emerging themes during analysis. Results indicated that high-adhering athletes received more task-involving, basic need satisfying (empowering) strategies than low-adhering athletes. Additional exploration of emerging themes (i.e., outside influences, injury specifics, idiosyncrasies of the athlete) also impacted how the motivational climate was created. While the relationship indicates high-adhering athletes may be experiencing empowering motivational climates more so than low-adhering athletes, additional research must be conducted to understand the interaction of the other emergent themes in the creation of motivational climates in the sport injury rehabilitation context.



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