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Abstract: Extending Sports Wagering Studies Outside of the Student-Athlete Population: NCAA Division I Athletic Trainers’ Gambling Behaviors [Higher-Ed/College Athletics Best Practices Alert (First Quarter 2015)]

Author: Dr. Robert P. Mathner (Athletics Administration Consultant)

Robert P. Mathner, Ph.D. (Troy University and Buckner), Christina L.L. Martin, Ph.D. (Troy University), Michael S. Carroll, Ph.D. (Troy University) and Tim Neal, M.S./ATC (TLN Consulting and Buckner) prepared “Extending Sports Wagering Studies Outside of the Student-Athlete Population: NCAA Division I Athletic Trainers’ Gambling Behaviors”, which was published in Journal of Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics. The following is an abstract from the piece:

Studies have been conducted on the scope of sports wagering by student-athletes, as this population has the ability to control performances, game outcome, and/or provide insightful game related information. Not far from this notion, yet unrepresented in the literature, is the review of athletic trainers as it relates to sports wagering and gambling.  Specifically, athletic trainers may possess confidential information regarding the mental and physical well-being of student-athletes and therefore might be valuable resources for those who want to obtain confidential health related information to increase their chances of winning a sports wager.  Thus, the purpose of this study was to ascertain the scope of athletic trainers’ involvement in gambling and sports wagering.  This study employed a non-experimental, exploratory, mixed-survey design to help determine possible gambling and sports wagering behaviors of athletic trainers. All NCAA Division I certified athletic trainers with publicly available e-mail addresses were targeted. Twenty-eight percent of those targeted (N=453) responded to the survey. Findings indicated that almost 38% of the athletic trainers have placed monetary bets on sporting events and almost 16% indicated they did so in the last 12 months. As such, this study provided rationale to extend sports wagering studies outside of the student-athlete population.

The full article can be downloaded by clicking here.

Contact Dr. Robert P. Mathner (954-941-1844; rmathner@bucknersportslaw.com) for more information pertaining to sports wagering issues.