In my attempts to prepare for the vast amounts of running during Plebe Summer, I have developed shin splints. I have pursued all avenues in attempting to overcome these, from reducing distance run, taking up low impact activities like swimming in place of running, and purchasing new running shoes that are best for my feet and gait. I have also recently seen a sports physical therapist in order to be overly cautious and not allow this problem to become worse. Unfortunately, as I have seen little to no improvement, the physical therapist warned me of the possibility of a stress fracture. Now, both of us agreed this is unlikely as the distances I have been running are really not that far and I haven't been running all too frequently (never more than every other day due to the fact that I am fairly new to running). However, he did recommend that I see an orthopedist in order to receive a diagnosis as to the possibility of stress fractures or if my case is simply shin splints. I am starting to feel very anxious with I-day approaching quickly (3 weeks exactly!). I want this more than anything I have ever pursued in my life and I am frustrated that something stupid like this is getting in the way of pursuing my dream. My question is this: Supposing I do have a stress fracture before I-day, would it be possible or likely that I will be turned away for this year and have to re-apply for the class of 2015? Or supposing I don't have a stress fracture and I simply have shin splints, would I still be required to notify the medical liasion to DoDMERB at USNA? Also, assuming I am not turned away, how would either of these issues affect one during Plebe Summer? I am sorry for the long winded narrative, I am just overly anxious about this problem. I will do everything I can to fix this and if it means running through stress fractures during Plebe Summer, that is what I will do. Thank you all for any help and advice you can provide me. Good luck to everyone else preparing for I-day and Plebe Summer!