NORTH ANDOVER — While many college students can take a break from the books this holiday season, Nicole Curtis of Billerica will still be studying, pursuing a dream that took root after an injury in high school.
As a senior studying athletic training at Merrimack College in North Andover, Curtis, 22, must take the Board of Certification exam in the spring to become a licensed trainer.
She will also be one step closer to achieving her goal of going to graduate school, part of a growing trend for today’s college athletes.
Curtis played soccer, basketball, and lacrosse at Billerica Memorial High School, and at one point suffered a serious shoulder injury that required surgery. After spending much of her time with an athletic trainer in rehabilitation, she was inspired.
“I saw so many athletes come in with injuries during that time and my athletic trainer was able to diagnose them, treat them, and get them back on the playing field,” she said. “I knew then that I wanted to do that.”
The Merrimack program requires students to serve an athletic trainer for a sports team each semester; Curtis has been working with the men’s basketball team, helping players with injuries and providing support at their games. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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