Shoulder injury

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  1. neumann82

    neumann82 New Member

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    My son is in the process of trying to get in to West Point. He has had shoulder surgery due to a torn labrum caused by a wrestling injury. Will this injury hurt his chances of being accepted into West Point? He thinks he needs to give up wrestling so he doesn't injure his shoulder anymore. I hate to see him give up something he loves just because he thinks he may not be accepted into West Point because of this prior surgery. Thank you!
     
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    Thanks! My son may require a second surgery, but does not want to do it bc he thinks it will automatically disqualify him for West Point??
     
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    1. His health is the more important thing and being able to use his shoulder as a young man is very important as well.
    2. Just my opinion, but if he gets the shoulder properly repaired (including second surgery if required) he'll stand a better chance of getting any waiver than if he leaves it inadequately repaired. Again, just my opinion. I'm not a doctor nor do I play one on TV.
     
  5. Rockets153

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    Labrum Surgery

    When applying to West Point, any past surgeries need to be indicated. My son also had to have labrum surgery due to wrestling. As a result he did need to get a waiver from DODMERB. All surgical and physical therapy information needed to be forwarded to them. After they evaluated the information, he was granted a waiver. My son was able to continue wrestling after the surgery. However, he did strain that shoulder in a tournament. He was fine, but also decided that getting into West Point was more important to him than wrestling, and he said wrestling to him was like nirvana. He stopped wrestling after that tournament. He was disappointed, but was happy for his teammate, who wrestled behind him on the team ladder, but made sectional finals and qualified for the state tournament. DS has received an appointment for the USMA Class of 2018. DS looked at the big and small pictures to make his decision on this one.
     
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    My son had the same injury and surgery in Sept 2012. He reported it right away to DODMERB as he had an LOA during the same month. He is now in his 2nd year and thriving. He did receive a waiver, and when he arrived at R-Day he had to be checked out by the doctors at WP before they would clear him to join the rest of the "fun" for that day and beyond. Good Luck
     
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    Thank you for your responses!
     
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    Waiver

    TCUSMA2016, how long did it take for your son to receive his waiver from USMA? We're in the same boat. My son had his surgery 2.5 years ago and has fully recovered with no restrictions or limitations. Keeping our fingers crossed for a waiver.
     

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