Matthew Hancock

1.) What led you to become an athletic trainer?
I became interested in athletic training while I was in college taking pre-kinesiology classes. I became fascinated with learning about the human body and how it repairs and recovers following injury. Also, getting to spend time outside at sports practices and games is a plus.

2.) What is the typical day like for an athletic trainer?
I have a unique role here at OrthoCarolina in that I do half of my time in the Sports Physical Therapy clinic and the other half at Myers Park High School. In the mornings, I am in the clinic helping patients rehab from injuries and surgeries ranging from ankle sprains to total shoulder replacements. I spend my afternoons at the high school helping our 1,000 athletes over 20 sports with injuries, recovery, and performance so they can be successful on the field.

3.) What is something that someone would not know about your job?
I have a unique role here at OrthoCarolina in that I do half of my time in the Sports Physical Therapy clinic and the other half at Myers Park High School. In the mornings, I am in the clinic helping patients rehab from injuries and surgeries ranging from ankle sprains to total shoulder replacements. I spend my afternoons at the high school helping our 1,000 athletes over 20 sports with injuries, recovery, and performance so they can be successful on the field.

4.) What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I like being outside. Mountain biking, kayaking and hiking are among my favorites. I also enjoy trying as many different restaurants and food of different cultures with my fiancée Allie, and taking our dog Lexi to the park.

5.) What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movie of all time is Tombstone. I’m your huckleberry. 

6.) What is the best part about being an athletic trainer?
The best part about being an athletic trainer is the relationships formed and helping athletes return to play. For a lot of injuries/surgeries, the recovery process is a few months to upwards of a year so we get to know patients well. It’s a great feeling being with a patient from start to finish and watching them return to being successful in their respective sport.

Meet Matthew Hancock, Athletic Trainer at OrthoCarolina