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FALL 2021
Passion Outside of Practice
Brittney Hacken, MD
Penn State Health Lime Spring Outpatient Center, Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center
It's our pleasure to highlight a Lancaster City & County Medical Society member's " passion outside of practice " in
each issue of Lancaster Physician. Beyond their commitment to health care, LCCMS members have many other
talents, skills, and interests that might surprise you. In this issue, we're thrilled to feature Brittney Hacken, MD, and
her passion outside of practice.
game was at the high school level, so I decided to give
it a try. My two younger brothers were big ice hockey
players, and I therefore grew up playing street hockey
year-round with them. The mix of ice hockey and soccer
(two sports that I love) that field hockey provides is
what convinced me to give the sport another try in
10th grade.
How long have you been
participating in this activity?
I went out for the team my sophomore year of high
school, having never seen a field hockey game prior
to that point and ended up loving the sport. Our team
won state championships both my sophomore and
junior years in high school. I eventually was recruited
by multiple colleges and continued to play field hockey
at the Division 1 level at Indiana University. Now, I play
locally in recreational leagues.
Would you briefly describe your
passion outside of practice for those
who might be unfamiliar with it?
Growing up as a child, I was very active in a variety of
sports, but the one that has stuck with me as an adult
is field hockey. For those unfamiliar with field hockey,
I usually describe it as a mix between soccer and ice
hockey. It is a team sport played with a small waist-height
stick. You may only use the flat side of the stick to hit the
hard plastic ball to score goals against your opponent. At
the high school level, it is often played on a grass field,
but at the more elite levels the sport is played on a water
based Astroturf, leading to a fast and smooth game. In
the United States, field hockey is most often played
as a women's sport. However, worldwide it has equal
popularity as a male and female sport. Field hockey is
widely popular throughout much of Europe and India.
field hockey
How did you develop an interest in
your passion outside of practice?
I first tried field hockey the summer before 7th grade
at a summer camp for those interested in going out
for the junior high team. I absolutely hated the sport
when I first tried it. I was used to playing soccer and
basketball growing up. When it came to field hockey,
the sport just seemed so slow with many whistles being
blown due to the many rules of the game. Instead, I
decided to go out for the volleyball team. The summer
after my freshman year of high school, a friend who was
an All-American field hockey player as a freshman in
high school, convinced me, while driving back from an
ice hockey practice, that I should quit volleyball and try
field hockey again. I knew that multiple of my friends
were amazing players being recruited by college
coaches. They would tell me about how much faster the
Why is this pursuit special to you?
Sports in general are important to me as I love to stay
physically active and be a part of a team. I have always
loved team sports more than individual sports because
it is amazing to see all of the individual strengths of
players on a team come together to achieve a unified
goal. I am a believer that sports should always be fun,
and, as long as I am still having fun, I will continue
to participate as it is a great way to mentally and
physically decompress from the many stressors in
life. As an orthopedic surgeon, I also love that it allows
me to relate to many of my patients. Two injuries
that I sustained in college while playing field hockey
are actually what sparked my interest to become an
orthopedic surgeon.
What else would you like readers
to know about this passion?
Upon graduating college, I had assumed that my field
hockey playing days were over. I was so surprised to
learn of the many adult recreational leagues in the
Lancaster region. I think many people think that team
sports end after high school and college. Instead,
people tend to gravitate more towards individual sports
such as running, tennis, and golf as we get older. I
have enjoyed that opportunities to play team sports are
abundant in the Lancaster area as it is a great way to
meet new people and stay fit.
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