My son is currently a high school junior and is just starting the application process. After reading through these threads, we have become concerned about three possible problems: 1) he was having severe headaches for several weeks this past fall. He went to an allergist (family friend) who eventually ordered a MRI. He was treated with some heavy-duty antibiotics for a severe sinus infection, which apparently solved the problem since the headaches ceased. 2) He broke his ankle Dec of 2006 playing basketball. Had three screws put in (orthopedic surgeon said it was a bit of overkill but he wanted to make sure everything healed exactly right). Rehabbed it and was playing basketball again with three months. 3) This is the big one. He was having back pain during basketball season this past year. Orthopedist decided to order an MRI in January (2008) which revealed a slightly herniated disc. The doctor felt like it was pretty minor and it was treated with physical therapy. My son didn't even have to sit out a game during basketball season (in fact, he played so well that he made the all-State second team). After physical therapy, my son was released from the orthopedist's care. He is now playing AAU basketball and says his back actually feels stronger than before (probably die to the PT and his continuing back exercises.) Assuming he gets to medical exam point, should I assume that he will be disqualified and will need to try for a waiver? Should we take him back to the orthopedist before the medical exam so he can give us a current evaluation and include a letter in his records that the back is all healed and should not be a problem? Should I get a letter from his coaches before the medical exam that says that the back has not hindered his activity at all ? Or should we wait until after we're officially notified that he is disqualified? Since he is in such good shape (and works so hard to stay in peak shape) and feels like he has totally healed, he was surprised (and disappointed) to read these threads and realize that this old injury could disqualify him (and he's sincerely regretting getting that back MRI). Any advice would be very much appreciated.