“You’ve torn your ACL.”
Those words are ones that athletes never want to hear. Not only is the season, but surgery, months of rehab and a long road to recovery is ahead.
In 2016, those words led Riley Curtin of the University of Delaware women’s soccer team to discover her passion.
Two years later, Curtin finds herself spending her summer as a radiology intern at Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del.
“Tearing my ACL led me down a path to this incredible opportunity. My athletic experiences and my education studies at Delaware have really given me some really cool internship opportunities over the past few years,” Curtin said.
After tearing her ACL in 2016, Curtin was inspired to join a research project team on UD’s STAR Campus that used MRI technologies to evaluate patients longitudinally post-ACL reconstruction surgery.
“Having the chance to learn on the STAR campus and be a part of the research team was not only an awesome experience, but it allowed me to be a top candidate for other opportunities, such as my work this summer at A.I.,” Curtin said.