HAGERSTOWN -- An interest that began with a high school sports injury is turning into a career in helping others for a 2004 North Hagerstown High School graduate who began classes this summer for a physical therapy degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Corrie Jones, 22, said she was inspired to become a physical therapist after she tore her ACL, one of the ligaments that connects the bones of the knee joint, running hurdles in track her senior year of high school. Jones, who was training for college soccer, feared the injury would end her soccer aspirations, but her therapist at the Center for Joint Surgery and Sports Medicine helped her through.
"She said, 'We're gonna get you back,'" Jones said. "She got me through rehab so quickly, I missed one week preseason, then I was right in it."
Since then, Jones has worked to pass on that same compassion and enthusiasm to others. She graduated in May from Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., where she studied sport and exercise science with a concentration in pre-physical therapy, and she aspires to one day work as a physical therapist in a third-world country.