Springer: Why aren’t there more women athletic trainers?

From Stephanie Springer at Baseball Prospectus on July 24, 2019:

Three years ago, BP’s Kate Morrison and Russell A. Carleton shined a critical light on the path to the front office. Their multi-part series is requisite reading for anyone looking to get a proverbial foot in the door, or to simply understand how many find their way into an organization.

They identified a number of hurdles for anyone who isn’t a white man subsidized by external finances. Although I have advocated for increasing women in analytics overall as a mechanism for women to reach the front office, we clearly need to look beyond analytics to achieve gender equality. It’s pragmatic — not only are there financial incentives that will lure top data science talent away from sports analytics, but there are significantly more roles outside of analytics.

We can forgive avid enthusiasts of the modern game for forgetting that there are roles outside of analytics which shape the play on the field. The analytics revolution is no longer a revolution, but a matter of fact; while there are certainly more analysts now, there hasn’t been a tremendous boom in the number of analysts employed by MLB organizations. Again, let’s be practical: not everyone can be a general manager, and not everyone can be a quant. But there are numerous positions in the orbit of a general manager which also provide an opportunity to make an impact on the on-field product.

Read the full article here: https://www.baseballprospectus.com/news/article/51805/prospectus-feature-why-arent-there-more-women-athletic-trainers/

Originally published: July 24, 2019. Last Updated: July 24, 2019.