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Story: May Graduate Leverages Ph.D. in Exercise Science to Educate Future Athletic Trainers

Amy Fraley Hand attended her first USC football game when she was just two months old. Her father went to South Carolina for both his bachelor’s and law degrees, and she always knew she’d become a Gamecock herself.

The Spartanburg, South Carolina native had her first encounter with an athletic trainer in high school when she tore her ACL while playing softball. Then she took some sports medicine classes that were taught by an athletic trainer, and she knew she had found her calling.

“I wanted to be able to help future injured patients return to what they love to do just like my athletic trainer helped me,” Hand says.

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