Shoulder Waiver Help

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  1. usmc.action

    usmc.action Member

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    I had a bankart repair surgery on my shoulder on Sept, 25 2014 after dislocating it during a football game. I got a DQ for shoulder instability. My surgery and rehab has gone well and the doctors expect for me to be fully released on Feb, 18th. I have started back into my normal sports routine, and I am feeling no problems when playing tennis or swimming. I have an LOA and nominations so the last thing I need to receive my appointment to USNA is to get medically cleared. I got an e-mail from a lady at the Naval Academy waiver board, she said that when I am released they will review my waiver case. I have already gathered up all documents related to my shoulder injury.
    Is there anything else I can do to help my chances of receiving a waiver? Would a note from my local family physician stating the condition of my shoulder in addition to my surgeons release note help? Also, would it help to get a coaches note saying that my shoulder is fine and not interfering with my sports(tennis and swimming)?
     
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  2. kp2001

    kp2001 USMMA Alumnus

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    In my opinion the biggest impact is going to come from your surgeons reports and possibly a physical therapists report if you've been going to formal physical therapy. The family physician probably won't be able to add much and my guess is they will look at the coaches as likely being highly biased. I'd simply submit what they ask.
     
  3. usmc.action

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    Thanks for the help. I'll just get a note from my surgeon.
     
  4. USMCGrunt

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    Just a thought... perhaps a second opinion from another orthopedic specialist might carry some weight?

    At a minimum, make sure you have everything consolidated and ready to go.
     

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