Concussion DQ

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  1. SA2020

    SA2020 New Member

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    Hello,

    I am applying to both the AFA and USNA, I am nearly complete with both, however, I have recently received a DQ for a Concussion (211.50) that I sustained my sophomore year during football. I never lost consciousness, but I was unable to do physical activity for 3 months. I have since made a full recovery, been cleared for all sports, and take a heavy load of AP courses. Is there anything I am able to do to get a waiver or speed up the waiver process?

    Thank you for any advice,
    SA2020
     
  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    Not to my knowledge. The commissioning source, in your case AFA and/or USNA are the ones that request a waiver if they are interested in you.
     
  3. Pima

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    I agree with kinnem. All you can do now is get ALL of your medical records in order, especially if you have had any additional scans done after your doc gave you the all clear.

    Were you able to attend school during those 3 months? My DS2 played HS FB and had a concussion after a game. He was back within a week. 3 months is not typically seen as minor.
     
  4. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    "Minor" concussion... seems out a week as PIMA suggested. A three-month period seems like it is creeping into the "major" category, or at least moderate.
     
  5. sheriff3

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    OP should consider applying to USMA... apparently concussions are not a big deal there, just ask the incoming freshman class.

    Sorry I couldn't resist.:cool:
     
  6. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator

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    Just so the OP knows, sherriff3's response was not meant to be in any way serious.... but it is damned funny!
     
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  7. SA2020

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    Sherriff3, I read about that, funny but very surprising!

    Pima, I never had any scans or surgeries, just 3 months of R&R. I did attend school, took AP courses, landed a lead role in the high school play, volunteered, and did everything I would do if I had not received a concussion. The only reason it took so long for me to get cleared for athletics again was because I had a lingering feeling of extra fatigue after I ran or worked out and the doc wanted to be safe. After I was cleared I participated in athletics again and have since attended YMCA Nationals for swimming, earned 3 varsity letters in swimming and run track and field.

    I will definitely get my medical paperwork in order.
    -SA2020
     
  8. MomWPgirl

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    I have learned over the last few years concussions are not black and white when it comes to DODMERB. Some applicants are DQ'd some are not. My son sustained multiple concussions during soccer...one was significant enough that he too was followed for 3 months his junior year. We were sweating bullets during the DODMERB waiting period for AFROTC and had obtained all his records in preparation. He was fortunately cleared and we were able to breathe again. Good luck and hope you get a waiver.
     
  9. SA2020

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    Thank you, hopefully the concussion will be waived! Its just a stressful and disappointing process.
     
  10. Usnavy2019

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    Keep in mind, as said before, commissioning sources waive. If you are competitive, USAFA and USNA will both request waivers on your behalf. If you get one granted, great! You're all set. If not, you can submit a rebuttal with NEW evidence such as additional tests, 2nd opinions, medical reports. If possible, try and find a military doc (Retired, Reserve, etc.) of some sort in your area. They are usually pretty knowledgeable about how the military views certain medical conditions/injuries. And as always, you can call each Academy or DoDMERB and see if you can get any more information. Best of luck!
     
  11. SA2020

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    Thank you for your suggestions! Will do.
     

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