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Christopher M. Hamel

Associate Athletic Trainer
Appointed
2013
Chris Hamel

Education

B.S. Springfield College

M.S. Springfield College

Biography

Mr. Hamel joined the sports medicine staff at Exeter in the fall of 2013. Prior to Exeter, he worked for six years at Suffield Academy, serving as assistant athletic trainer, dorm parent, dorm head and interim head athletic trainer. While at Suffield, he learned the importance of a teamed approach to treating student athletes and the need to effectively communicate with physicians, nursing staff and other healthcare professionals. Mr. Hamel also functioned as a preceptor to Springfield College undergraduates in the athletic training program.

Mr. Hamel began his education in the field at Springfield College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training while also running track and cross country for four years, captaining the latter in his senior year. He  remained at Springfield and earned a master’s in exercise physiology, uniting his love of running and passion for human performance to write his thesis titled: “Gender Differences with Precooling and the Subsequent Effect on Running Performance.”

At Exeter, he continued to evolve as a clinician and earned his ImPACT's Trained Athletic Trainer (ITAT) certification. He spent his first three years at Exeter administering baseline and post-injury concussion tests as well as coordinating the return-to-play protocols. Mr. Hamel found a niche with injury prevention and overuse injuries in lower extremity athletes. He believes that it is important to treat the whole student athlete – in spirit, mind and body – in order to achieve the best outcomes. Additionally, he values the opportunity to teach students outside of the classroom and encourage them to be advocates of their own health. He is affiliated with Ewald Dorm during the school year and continues his work as an athletic trainer during Exeter Summer where he also serves as dorm affiliate.

Mr. Hamel resides off campus with his wife Alyssa, their children Leah and Myles and their dog Deacon. He enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors and working on home improvement projects. He is an ardent distance runner who has run 10 marathons.