Sports Medicine

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IMG_20161014_145414219Matthew Bracken, MS, AT
Head Athletic Trainer

Matt and his wife Rachael have a young son named Charlie. Matt competed in cross country, and indoor and outdoor track at Hagerstown Community College before transferring and graduating from the University of Utah and later earned a master’s degree at the University of Toledo.

Coaching Career: University of Utah student athletic trainer for 2004-2005 football, 2005-2006 men’s and women’s tennis, and the Las Vegas All American Classic Collegiate Football All Star Game in 2005.

How would you describe your experience at CCHS? My time at CCHS has been fantastic. I started as a newly certified athletic trainer, still trying to adjust to no longer being a student. In the years since, CCHS has really helped in allowing me to grow and shape who I am professionally.

What do you like most about working at CCHS? The students at CCHS are hard working and very passionate about their school. It makes it a wonderful environment.

Awards/Accomplishments: Received the NATAREF Osternig Masters Grant Program for my thesis: A Rlative Phase Analysis of Lower Extremity Kinematics Among Subjects with Chronic Ankle Instability.

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