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Special Forces=Shoulder Injury
First, I want to give credit where credit is due...I used P90X strictly, for over two years in conjunction with other specialized training. This training program enabled me to get into elite physical condition at 31 yrs old, and get Selected at the U.S. Army Special Forces Assessment and Selection course. Which means, I will continue on in the Pipeline until hopefully earning my Green Beret. Without P90X, I am not sure this would have been possible, let alone reality. Thank you, P90X creators.

Secondly however, I hit a bump in the road. I found out two days ago via an MRI, I have a superior labrum tear anterior to posterior (SLAP) in my left (non-throwing) shoulder. Surgery is still being debated and I would like to avoid it. I was curious if others have had this injury, what their recovery time was with and without surgery? Any recommendations? I have about 7 months before I am supposed to report for the next course.

Also, in the meantime I have been instructed to not do any lifting which jeopardizes the shoulder. So, I want to focus on legs, core, and back without doing pull-ups or other shoulder intense movements. I will do the Ab Ripper religiously, the leg workout, and I am looking for other core and leg workouts to do 2-3 days a week in addition. Any suggestions? I like organized workouts so I am not aimlessly walking around in the gym. Help me out if you can. Thanks!
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RE: Special Forces=Shoulder Injury
11/19/12 1:18 PM as a reply to njmiller26.
I'm forwarding this question to someone who recently went through this same injury. Also, if you're in the military don't they have some pretty good physical therapists and such available to help you?
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RE: Special Forces=Shoulder Injury
11/19/12 6:54 PM as a reply to AdStaffAndrew.
NJ -

I had surgery for a SLAP tear last year. The good news is that I'm 42 and was able to hold off surgery for almost 20 years - it happened in my 20s.

You're going to need patience to do that though - Andrew is 100% right about the therapy. It's crucial. Do the other stuff, but rest that shoulder. Don't agitate it. Until it's managed, you need to ask yourself 2 questions about every workout you do.

1. Does it bother your shoulder?
2. Are you doing it for vanity or fitness?

You could buy X2 and find some other workouts, if you'd like. You can also hope on the stairmaster or elliptical trainer.

The key is patience. It took several months the first time mine flared up.
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