Meet Chris Mathewson, Head Athletic Trainer at Ponderosa
How many years have you been at your DCSD school?
Where did you go to school?
University of Wyoming -- Bachelor's
United States Sports Academy – Daphne, Alabama
What is your favorite thing about working at your school?
My favorite thing is seeing the kids compete in their chosen sport. To see them work hard through the week and then go out and apply what they learned is great.
True character comes out when adversity is applied.
What is your best memory while working at your DCSD school?
About my fifth or sixth year at PHS I had a kid tear his ACL in his knee playing quarterback on our varsity football team. I took care of him from that day and worked with him every day of his rehab.
He got back by baseball season, but was not completely himself. We kept working so he would be ready for football season.
On our first game of the season we got the kick off. We went out on offense. That kid accounted for about 60 yards of our first drive. On the final play of the drive he scored a touchdown by running a QB option -- he ran about 20 yards juking and jiving everyone. He went in untouched to the endzone.
He ran off the field and handed the ball to me and said, "That ball is for you. Thanks".
What are some other professional experiences you have had?
I have served in many different volunteer capacities as an athletic trainer. I have been doing this since I started as a professional. I have worked my way "up" to now serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
I have met so many athletic trainers due to my service. I am proud to call many of them my friends.
What are you surprisingly good at?
Because of my years working at Ponderosa I have learned to speak "teenager." This is a unique dialect of the English language. It has taken me many years to become fluent.
I now know that when I ask a student athlete if s/he did the exercises that I told them to do…When they say, “Yes”, if they pause for three seconds and lose eye contact, that actually translates to "I did them once."
If they say "Yes" and maintain eye contact, but pause for more than four seconds before they respond, it actually translates to "What exercises????".
If they say "Yes" and maintain eye contact but their eyes rotate in a counter-clockwise direction while answering, that translates to "I wonder what is happening on SnapChat?"
What is the biggest proof that you are good at what you do?
I enjoy going to work everyday. I think I if I didn’t enjoy going in, I would say I am not that good at it.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
I have been recognized with several awards through the years. What I am most proud of is that I am a good father and good husband.
What would you do even if you didn’t get paid to do it?
I would be fitness fashion model. I have in fact had to turn down many agents who have come calling and given me the full-court press to sign on and join the fitness fashion model industry. :-)
Wife, Wendy - 23 years.
Daughter, Taylor, 16 years old -- Legend High School
Daughter, Bailey, 13 years old -- Cimarron Middle School.