Adam partially dislocated, or subluxed, his right shoulder when trying to pull his arm out of a triangle. This happened on Monday 16 April, 1 week before the Victorian BJJ Championships. There is no chance Adam will be missing this competition so I have to help him manage this injury and beat up the other white belts that are unlucky enough to be versing him.
What’s Adam having trouble with now?
- Unable to grapple at 100% intensity because of shoulder pain and weakness.
- Painful to lift right arm above 90 degrees.
- Possibly freaking out about going into his first BJJ competition? Knowing Adam probably not.
Plan of Attack
- Applying ice on the shoulder as often as possible until the comp.
- Shoulder blade exercise. Aiming to retrain the proper biomechanics that have been disrupted because of the shoulder subluxation. More on this in a future post.
- Strapping the shoulder to prevent it from subluxing again and to relieve some pain when he lifts his arm up. Below shows how I strapped Adam’s shoulder.
1. I got Adam to put his hand on his hip “like a little teapot short and …” Then I attached the first anchor on the bicep.
2. Second anchor over the shoulder vertically, making sure that he has good posture with shoulder blades back. If you want to be mean go over the nipple. Lucky for Adam I am a nice bloke.
3. Form an X over the shoulder. This is to help keep the humerus (arm bone) in the shoulder joint.
4. Starting from the front then going to the back pull the shoulder backwards. This is to help prevent the shoulder popping out forwards.
5. Lock everything off. At the front, back (as shown in the above picture) and bicep. So that the tape doesn’t come off as quickly.
I probably don’t have to say this but I will just in case someone says “I hurt my shoulder and this taping is BS, it doesn’t work”. This method of taping is specifically designed to prevent shoulders popping out in a forwards direction. If you are unsure of how to tape your shoulder then see a physio. Or I’m sure there’s a guy at your gym that always gives out medical/injury advice (which may/may not be correct) that you can ask.
I’ll let you guys know how Adam does in the competition. But I’ll leave you with this sexy picture.