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“It takes a village”: Courtney Shepard's return from a torn ACL

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Elgin varsity soccer player Courtney Shepard was right back on the pitch as she had been the previous January, but things were far from the same.Not only had she returned to in-person classes by Jan. 2022, after studying remotely the entire prior academic year. Shepard had also, just one month earlier, gained doctor clearance to resume unrestricted activity after tearing her ACL on Feb. 12, 2021.That meant no limitations – she could operate on the knee as she had prior to suffering the injury. But it took a mountain of determination and patience, plus continued support from her family and ...

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