Torn ACL

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  1. Kristine

    Kristine New Member

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    I just completed my freshman year on a four year scholarship for Navy ROTC. I am in the top of my class and have had good standings all year. I injured myself playing volleyball a few days ago, and was unable to attend CORTRAMID in San Diego for summer training. They were trying to get me set up for the east coast in July but after my MRI today, that will no longer be a possibility. My MRI confirmed a torn ACL, sprained MCL, torn meniscus and impactual fracture (dent) in my femur. I am concerned about what will happen now with my scholarship. I cant have surgery for another 4/6 weeks while I wait for my fracture to heal. Then I won't be back up on my feet until August and going back to school. I won't be able to run until November and we usually take a PRT in October. I have read that I should be good as long as this isn't a permanent disability but want to know if anyone else has had a similar situation. I should be healed and back to full physical activity six months after surgery.
     
  2. USMCGrunt

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    While it is good to seek opinions here on the forum, it is imperative that you discuss this situation with your Cadre. They will advise you on the policy and they (to some extent) control your fate. By that, I mean that the Cadre will be forming opinions of you and your character and observing how you handle this set back. If they need to make a judgment call you want them to think positively about your future as an Naval Officer.
     
  3. NavyHoops

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    Grunt is spot on. This happens all the time in ROTC at USNA and in the fleet. Speak with your cadre immediately. I guarantee this won't the first time this has happened to one of their Midshipmen. Sure you are going to miss some training and take a PRT later, not a huge issue. I think the one thing that will work to your advantage is the time that you are really gimpy you won't be at school. Even though you won't be cleared medically yet when you return, I am sure your doctor and PT person will give you a list of things you can do come August/September. Keep engaged in ROTC, do what you can at PT when you do return, be visible. Biggest thing is listen to your physical therapist and get back into shape. I think if you do that, work with your cadre, you should be fine down the road.
     
  4. Kristine

    Kristine New Member

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    Thank you. I have already let my cadre know, just waiting for them to get back to me. Just going to stay positive from here and get healthy as soon as it's safe to do so.
     

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