Publication Date

Summer 2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Masaaki Tsuruike


Athletic Trainer, Drum Corps International, Music, Performing arts, Trust

Subject Areas

Performing arts; Music; Kinesiology


Trust is a crucial element for a successful patient-clinician relationship. Athletic

trainers may care for musical performing artists who demonstrate unique needs compared

to traditional patients. In order to provide the best care, athletic trainers must establish a

basis of patient-centered care and build solid professional relationships with performers.

By improving overall patient-clinician relationship factors with respect to this population,

trust may be implemented and sustained. The purpose of the study was to determine

factors that established or diminished trust between drum corps members and their

athletic trainers. The study included 12 semi-structured interviews in which Drum Corps

International (DCI) members defined and analyzed the perception of trust held within this

population in relation to athletic trainer interaction. Trustworthiness techniques of

member checks, triangulation, external auditing, connoisseurship, and negative case

analyses were used. The qualitative methods determined perception of trust through

emergent themes and the effect of trust on the patient-clinician relationship. The study

further identified factors that maintained or inhibited the aspect of trust between

performer and athletic trainer. Accessibility, clinical competence, dependability, comfort,

and having a plan of action were found to be the most prominent themes and promote

success within this relationship. Overall, trust plays a role in determining patient rapport,

compliance, and timely return-to-play through the patient-clinician relationship in the

performing arts setting.