Sams has been able to perform despite battling several injuries. She said she chose physical therapy over reconstructive surgery for a sprained ankle earlier in her career, and this season she’s battled a strained iliotibial band in her thigh that requires extra warm-up exercises.
Those injuries have made Sams want to study kinesiology and fitness at UCO, then become a physical therapist.
“I’ve been hurt before, and I’ve had to go there, and it seems fun,” Sams said of her future profession. “It seems like something I want to do, help other players out.”
When she’s not dancing, Sams said she’s part of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America group at MHS.
Though Sams has usually had the support of her family and teammates, sometimes her dance career has forced her to stand alone.
But whether alone or with her family, Sams always finds a way to succeed.
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