The patient missed her junior year and therefore lost her potential scholarships. However, after competing her senior year, she tried out and became a walk-on (non-scholarship) member of the gymnastics team at the college of her choice, Penn State University. In her team profile, she told the story of her injury and thinking that she would never compete again until a spine specialist in Buffalo, NY got her back to the sport she loved.
The patient went on to have a very successful career at Penn State, including being the team captain her last two years. She also never missed additional time from gymnastics due to back problems. After college, she was inspired to enter the field of medicine as a physician assistant in her hometown of Erie. PA.