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Do colleges accept injured athletes?

I want to do wrestling for a college but many people say they won't take injured athletes and want to know if it's true or not. I've had 2 concussions in the past and injured knees.

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Charles’s Answer

Daisy, it's unfortunate to hear about your concussions and knee injuries. But don't worry, colleges do accept athletes with injuries. As Michelle suggested, it would be wise to consult with your doctor or trainer to determine if you can continue competing at a high level in college. It's also important to inform any potential college coaches about your situation. This might impact your chances of getting a higher athletic scholarship, but it doesn't mean you can't participate in college sports. Take, for example, my daughter's teammate who had suffered over five concussions and was still invited to play college soccer.

Moreover, keep in mind that injuries can occur at any time during your college sports career. Another of my daughter's teammates tore her ACL in her sophomore year and, unfortunately, tore the other one this past year. Despite these setbacks, she returned this year with the hope of playing and has been warmly welcomed back for the next year.

I hope this information reassures you that there are many colleges and coaches who will be happy to have you on their team. Best of luck, Daisy!
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Sara’s Answer

Hi Daisy,

Don't hesitate to connect with all the programs that pique your interest. Remember, every school, sports team, and coach operates under unique recruitment guidelines.

Here's to your success!
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Michelle’s Answer

Hello, Daisy !

I just want to advise you that colleges have different guidelines as well as being involved in sports has specific requirements. You will need to first consult with your medical doctor for your exact status and speak with your intended college to get authorized, confirmed and accurate information about this subject.

Best wishes in your future plans !
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Rachael’s Answer

Hi Daisy, college athletics programs do accept injured athletes. At the level of play of collegiate athletics it's honestly hard to find an athlete who doesn't have a history of any injuries.

To play collegiate athletics, you will be recruited (or can walk on) based on your skills in sport. As an athletic trainer, I have had many athletes who have been recruited in the midst of injuries like ACL tears, fractures, shoulder injuries, etc. And when they arrive on campus I have worked with them to return to sport. If your doctor has cleared you to play there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to participate in collegiate athletics. It is also important to note that if you do participate in collegiate athletics on scholarship and you get injured, the college can not take away your scholarship because of injuries. Good luck!
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