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Mom1027

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My DS had an injury that kept him from working out or competing in sports during the last year. We are currently waiting review for a waiver. We have provided a letter from his orthopedic (retired military general) that lists him as cleared for a SA. Currently, he is working with a certified personal trainer with additional certifications and training heavily to be ready for the SA. Would a letter detailing his physical ability/strength from the personal trainer be a document be valuable?
 

Idlewild

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My DS had an injury that kept him from working out or competing in sports during the last year. We are currently waiting review for a waiver. We have provided a letter from his orthopedic (retired military general) that lists him as cleared for a SA. Currently, he is working with a certified personal trainer with additional certifications and training heavily to be ready for the SA. Would a letter detailing his physical ability/strength from the personal trainer be a document be valuable?
Can't speak to your exact situation, but in going through the remedial process, my daughter actually had her coach sign off on her running log (done on a phone app that shows dates/ miles/ speed) and the school lifting instructor sign off on what her workouts entailed (type of exercise/weight/reps) to show her high level of physical activity/fitness. We figured it couldn't hurt!
 
Great tips. DS is in his last days of PT after a knee injury but he is back to ladder drills, squatting 350, deadlifting 300 and running 2.1 miles a day - will definitely have his logs signed off!
 

Maplerock

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My DS had an injury that kept him from working out or competing in sports during the last year. We are currently waiting review for a waiver. We have provided a letter from his orthopedic (retired military general) that lists him as cleared for a SA. Currently, he is working with a certified personal trainer with additional certifications and training heavily to be ready for the SA. Would a letter detailing his physical ability/strength from the personal trainer be a document be valuable?
You can't get a note to be medically cleared for a service academy. You must pass the DODMERB physical and review of the medical history. They are certifying health for entering the military. Any blips and the academy will issue a remedial, then a waiver if it's deemed appropriate.

It also doesn't matter whether his "professional" trainer has a boatload of certifications, or whether the orthopedist was a general. A letter would only be helpful if he is rejected, or investigated further.

What does matter would be why he took a year of high school athletics for an injury. That's a long time. People come back from broken bones and compete in months sometimes.

I'd say your son has a tough row to hoe.
 

Mom1027

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You can't get a note to be medically cleared for a service academy. You must pass the DODMERB physical and review of the medical history. They are certifying health for entering the military. Any blips and the academy will issue a remedial, then a waiver if it's deemed appropriate.

It also doesn't matter whether his "professional" trainer has a boatload of certifications, or whether the orthopedist was a general. A letter would only be helpful if he is rejected, or investigated further.

What does matter would be why he took a year of high school athletics for an injury. That's a long time. People come back from broken bones and compete in months sometimes.

I'd say your son has a tough row to hoe.[/

Thank you so much for your comments Maplerock!

I am fully aware that you cannot get a note to be cleared. However, if you have read the information provided to parents, it does ask for all updated information to be sent throughout the process so when a determination is made, it is the right one. I am aware that parent information is not what they are looking for and I was hoping some some could share some insight on a certified personal trainer.

As for the qualifications of the people sending in the information, it most certainly does matter. My mentioning it was to avoid people making comments about not all trainers being certified or that not all orthopedics understand military physical requirements.

As for why my son took time off, he was misdiagnosed and swam at the state championship level, in constant pain, under the misdiagnosis. He has already plowed through a tough row and will continue to do what is necessary.
 

Idlewild

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It really depends on the situation- the remedial my DD had asked for any supporting documents showing the condition didn't currently restrict her fitness and activity. showing she ran cross country for months with hundreds of miles logged and doing extensive training certainly seems to be a correct interpretation for the supporting documents so we sent it. Don't know if it made a difference but she cleared
 
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