past injuries

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  1. nomo1316

    nomo1316 Member

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    hello!
    I am a current student in high school and I'm looking for some advice on restrictions on admission regarding injuries. I am aware of many handbooks but just some blurry areas I want to clear up.

    I had broncho-spasms diagnosed at a young age. I grew out of my inhaler in a very short amount of time. I have not used my inhaler since 6th grade gym class. I have never had any symptoms of my condition since I was that young. I was 11 then. I am aware 13 is the cutoff for this condition, correct?

    I have had problems with my right knee. It isn't nessicerally chronic, but it is something that can be agrivated with certain movements. It has never required surgery, and if I keep my quads strong, it doesn't happen. It's a kneecap thing that it slides out if place sometimes, but if I keep my legs strong and fit, it keeps the tendons connecting to my kneecap tight, therefore preventing the injury. I believe this has no effect on admissions, because it has never required surgery. If anyone can confirm, that would be great.

    With the exception of a few broken arms/feet and some stitches, that is all that might be of concern to my health report. Thanks for your help!
     
  2. Joos

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    Speaking to the knee issue

    I was medically DQ'd for recurrent patellar dislocation (1 not so bad one, 1 that stayed out of place and was put back in by a parent Doctor in the basketball crowd, and 1 that was awful and was stuck under the tendon and the doctor wrenching on my leg couldn't get back in until they put me out). All due to contact, so I wear a donut brace while playing contact sports and skiing. Dislocations were due to shallow trochlear grooves, or the groove that the knee cap sits in.

    I was then granted a waiver from USAFA and USMA and still waiting on waivers from other programs.

    This is just my experience, I hold no more knowledge of the medical process than the average applicant
     
  3. ClimberGirl

    ClimberGirl Member

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    When I was younger, I had the same bronchial problems you faced, inhaler, chronic bronchitis, and a frequent cough. Upon getting my tonsils out at a young age, my problem cleared up. This had no effect whatsoever for my DODMERB exam, nor did my concussion from freshman year basketball.
     
  4. nomo1316

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    Mine is not so chronic. It was one time (but very minor but not major either. on a scale of 1-10 I'd say about a 4.5) and we took care of it very well and I have not had problems since. Just something that my doctor told me to look out for. Mine wasn't really even really dislocated, but we took care of it like it was because there was inflammation below the patella, which caused it's looseness. My doctor never classified it as "recurrent patella dislocation" which is a good thing in my case. Thanks so much!!
     
  5. nomo1316

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    Okay, cool. Mine was an allergy thing and it had cleared up with over the counter doses of Zyrtec. Thanks!
     
  6. 5Day

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    Review your doctor records before you fill out your medical history form. If a physician said your knee was dislocated than it was dislocated. If you self diagnosed or your trainer said it was probably dislocated then it was just a sore knee. There was a post a month ago where they reported a knee sprain that was diagnosed by aa athletic trainer. Follow up medical records were requested, but there weren't any because they self diagnosed.

    If your conditions were diagnosed and it is true try to be able to say condition resolved. No further occurrences. Etc.
     
  7. nomo1316

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    Mine were diagnosed by a knee specialist/orthopedic doctor. My records do not say dislocation but it was treated as one, due to the fact it could have turned into one. It is resolved and cleared. Thanks for your help!
     
  8. schul542

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    I have had several injuries that may be concerning. I broke my leg last year and had to get a rod and 4 screws put into my leg. Although I am expected a full recovery, will this impact my ability to attend the Academy?

    Several years ago I broke my pinky finger and had to get a permanent screw put in there. I have very limited mobility in that finger, but I believe it should not hinder me from any activities. What do you guys think?
     
  9. 5Day

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    You do not have a dislocation to report. You may not have anything.
     
  10. nomo1316

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    The pinky finger thing probably does nothing if you have a full range of motion. The leg could be a problem if it doesn't heal totally. I would look in the admissions hand books about health and health DQs.
     
  11. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Each issue in my medical record was touched on. I got a variety of DODMERB letters, needed multiple waivers and had a generally unpleasant time.

    That process is not for the faint of heart.
     
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  12. fencersmother

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    Switch to DoDMERB section?
     

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