Injuries at the Academy

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  1. PeterK

    PeterK Member

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    What is the rehabilitation for injuries sustained while at the academy look like? Do you have the opportunity for Physical Therapy and rehab?

    How do they work with these injuries when physical tests and training are prevented by an injury?


    Just curious, as injury is probably not uncommon, and it would be devastating if an injury ended your career before it even started.
     
  2. NavyHoops

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    Injuries will be treated with whatever is needed to get you healthy. Not 100% positive but I think I read USAFA has a minimum days of training requirement for your first summer. Most of those injuries are pulled muscles, blisters, sprains, Etc. Yes severe injuries can happen, those are assessed on a case by case basis. We had a guy blow out his knee the first day of PT, he had surgery and returned home. He came back the next year. We have even had cases of Mids being diagnosed with cancer. All those diagnosed while I were there recovered and graduated or were rolled back a year and graduated. I believe there some older threads that cover this thread that will probably help gain some insight.
     
  3. PeterK

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    Awesome. Thank you.
     
  4. Stealth_81

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    USAFA has a staff of full-time Physical Therapists who serve the population of the Academy at both the 10th Medical Group clinic and the cadet clinic. During BCT they bring in extra PT personnel, usually third year DPT students, to work with the Basics and their injuries. My daughter worked there last summer as an intern and is hoping to be hired full-time in May.

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  5. littlefish

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    Yes, I'll agree with NavyHoops. I had a friend who hurt himself during BCT and was unable to recover from the injury in enough time to complete basic. Essentially what they told him was to return home/go to college for a year and that he would be guaranteed a place at the Academy the next year. The Air Force isn't gonna kick you out for an injury, especially if it's one that they were essentially responsible for.
     

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