Back/Knee issues, possible bar from entry ?

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by Impera, Nov 27, 2005.

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  1. Hi,

    I'm currently going through the process to become an officer. It is still very early down the line; I haven’t even been sponsored by a regiment yet, although my careers advisor said he would sponsor me if my 2 regiments weren’t interested, as they are both highly competitive.

    Anyways, my main issue being I have a condition of "Sway back" or otherwise known as Scoliosis, and slight curvature of the spine. I mentioned it to the officer in my initial interview. He asked if I have any pain in my lower back or ever have had, and I gave the honest answer "No". When I was at boarding school I remember being sent to the hospital to have a check up since I was diagnosed with a case of curvature of the spine, the doctor said there was absolutely nothing wrong, and my body just didn't have perfect symmetry. Now it's all very nice and everything for me to play rugby, tennis and go to the gym, but will this prevent me from entry into the army? I mean I don't want to waste everybody's time showing me around regiments, doing the RCB Briefing and then be told that at the RCB that I don't fit the bill medically.

    Another couple of medical issues I have concerns about are my knees and Allergies. When I was younger I had Osgood-Schlatter, it was pretty severe and stopped me from competing in sport for a year and a bit, my knees don't get swollen now or anything as I play rugby for a full 90 minutes and there has been no swelling since I was 14/15, although if I do kneel onto my knees I can still feel if I land hard on my knees that it is a little sensitive on the lower "bump" of the knee (I don't know the name). Regarding Allergies, I'm allergic to dust mites and cats, I suspect this wont be a problem, but if someone can tell me otherwise I would be happy to know.

    Sorry for the long post, it's just if I know if I don't have a chance then I might as well save everybody a lot of time. Thank you for any advice/responses in advance.
  2. If your careers advisor hasn't said to you that your past injuries are a bar to entry, then there probably isn't anything written down saying you can't apply (unlike things such as asthma). However, you most likely won't get a final answer until you complete your Army medical at Westbury. If I were you, I wouldn't worry about it until you've had your medical...if you're able to do the tests and physical fitness ok, then you shouldn't have a problem. The doctors may still say no to you though
  3. I'm going on to visit some regiments in a couple of weeks, hopefully 1 will sponsor me.

    Should I ask them to give me a quick run over at the medical centre to see if there would be a problem?

    I mean I asked my grandfather (ex-officer) and he said that it would be a bad idea to ask them, simply because they are not particulary going to want to sponsor someone who is suspect of having physical "issues". I mean if I am not let through I'll just have to take it on the chin, but essentially I am a pretty good athlete, I was my schools 100m/200m track champion, furthermore I lift weights on a regular basis, and can bench/Deadlift/Squat some respectable weight.

    any other advice ?
  4. I can't be of any practical use in terms of telling you how your scoliosis will affect you entry to the army but I can say that with correct training and some therapy you can be as effeicient as those with a relatively straight spinal column, as long as the curvature isn't too pronounced. If you are in any doubt as to this then you need to get seen by a specialist, if you get he all clear then my personal appraco would be to get yourself a persnal trainer who specialises in exercise therapy who can strengthen you to your max so when you do go to for your medical you are as CV fit as everyone, more so perhaps, and that you are working at your maximum strength. Effectively, you can either go as you are being a little unsure or kick the arse out of it and know that you wil be working at a slight disadvantage and make sure you do your best.

  5. Alright Quasimodo !!!

    The camp med centre is the lastplace you want to be going, there's a 90% chance that the MO will be a local GP anyway and only qualified to make the same conclusion as your local doc. The blokes in the know would be the chaps who do medicals for entry into the forces.

    I'd be interested to know how you get on as my eledest sprog has the same condition
  6. If you don't tell them about your problems and they then find out, you can get chucked out on the spot for falsifying your application form. just what do you think you will doing in some of these Regiments propping up the bar in the Officers Mess all day. Our Officers used to train along side us each and every day, they carried the same packs and weights, so if you have a weakness it will soon show