In an effort to determine the importance of desirable qualities, attributes and characteristics necessary for the success of interscholastic athletic trainers a Likert-type scale survey was mailed to all head athletic trainers of NCAA Division III institutions in the United States. The survey consisted of 24 statements allowing for the following responses: essential, very important, important, not very important, and irrelevant. The qualities that were deemed the most desirable by head athletic trainers were trustworthiness (76.2%), honesty (73.5%), dependability (66.4%), and possessing high ethical standards (66.4%). The two characteristics that were found to be the least essential were being a risk-taker (2.1%) and being a visionary (6.4%)
Henry, Timothy J.; Schneider, Robert C.; and Stier, William F., "Desirable Qualities, Attributes, and Characteristics of Successful Athletic Trainers -- A National Study" (2009). Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education Faculty Publications. Paper 47.