Video: Do's & Don'ts Of Shoulder Dislocation with Cam McCaul

Dec 19, 2018
by Sarah Moore  

bigquotesThe story of both of my chronically dislocating shoulders and some comedic "Do's And Don'ts" that I've learned along the way. I learned that crashing a mountain bike is just one way to pop your shoulder out. There are so many other fun options... bouncing on a trampoline with Kyle Strait, snowboarding, ohhh the possibilities. Also, a special guest appearance from Darren Berrecloth and why you should never let him give you a haircut... or let him relocate your shoulder for that matter. No German doctors were harmed during the making of this video and both shoulders have since been surgically repaired. I hope you get a chuckle. Thanks for watching.Cam McCaul



49 Comments

  • + 20
 I've had numerous dislocations and subluxations of both shoulders, dating back to when I was 18. I'm now 34. I have been participating in a shoulder study as part of a non surgical group. I have torn rotator cuffs and labrums. What I've found out over the past 16 years is that daily maintenance, strengthening, and balancing exercise for my shoulders, upper back, chest, and neck we're able to eliminate chronic subluxation and nerve pain that radiated down my upper back back/scap area and arms. Using dumbbells instead of straight bars prevents damaging rotation in my joints has allowed me to really strengthen the musculature to the point that I have very few instances of reinjury sublux/dislocation. The only injury that I've had since 2011 has been as the result of an OTB on a steep downhill track, and the pain/instability subsided within 4 days.

Religiously working on preventative strengthening, balancing, and mobility is something that I would recommend to anyone--whether they are injured or not. I do still plan on having surgery prior to the age of 40, but I'm not rushing it at the moment.
  • + 5
 Can't upvote this enough. If you've ever experienced any shoulder instability, get on a strength/mobility plan and do it every day: I went from subluxing both my shoulders just about every time I put down a hand to break a fall (especially snowboarding), to having virtually no instability. Thanks, @Mntneer -- well said.
  • + 3
 I have a bad shoulder. I dislocate it about once a year. I do not disagree that more rehab is better, but at a certain point the need for daily rigorous training just feels like a prison sentence. I just want to be a normal human again and be able to go skiing or have a minor wipeout on my bike without the pain and weakening from these darn dislocations. And I don’t want to feel guilty or second guess myself because I skip the boring isometrics and band exercises for a day or 6. I’m going to get started on the surgery process immediately after the holidays.
  • + 1
 @Mntneer I'm going to have to disagree with this one if you plan on pushing yourself and don't want to moderate your behaviour. After my first dislocation I stuck to a rehabilitation schedule for 8 months to stabilise my shoulder. First race back, flat landed a jump and it popped out again.

I've had 4 reconstructions, 2 of which were the laterjet/bone graft procedure for either shoulder. Can't recommend the laterjet procedure highly enough after now having both, especially if there's significant damage to the bone in the glenohumeral joint. My shoulder is now incredibly stable and i'm back riding and rock climbing with a shoulder that feels as good as new.

The recovery period for the laterjet is also almost half that of the regular reconstruction which is an added bonus.
  • + 16
 Nothing better than the feeling of the shoulder going back in though
  • + 8
 Just had my second dislocation and got surgery, finally back to riding. The most important things I've learned is how to reduce it in the back country, and that shoulder strength and rotator cuff strength are essential in our sport. If you don't go to the gym, you should!
  • + 2
 I do a massive amount of shoulder exercises for this exact reason. Fingers crossed.
  • + 7
 In another life I was a ski patroller. I approached a gentleman who’d just had a slam and in need of assistance. I checked him out and said “ok we’re gonna need to get you on the sled because you’ve dislocated your shoulder there bud” as soon as he heard the word ‘dislocated’ he threw up all over me lol luckily he was fine once we got him off the hill and we were able to laugh about it later.
  • + 6
 Dislocated my shoulder 3 years ago while kayaking. Torn labrum. Had a procedure to remove a piece of my scapula and relocate it to act as a bone block in front of the head of the humerus to prevent future dislocation. I was riding bikes less than four months later. Last summer I reduced a guy's dislocated shoulder while out kayaking based on what I learned. Definitely ride bikes more than I paddle whitewater these days based on my injury. If you charge hard enough regularly you're going to get hurt.
  • + 5
 Fun fact: 90% of athletes under the age of 30 who continue prior activity levels with one anterior dislocation will re-dislocate within the next 5 years. Surgery and adequate rehab @ first dislocation drops this number to 30-ish %. Also, if you dislocate and have an occult humerus fracture and just "get a buddy to yank it back in," you can cause permanent radial nerve damage (wrist drop). Smart thing to do is get an X-Ray. If you can't, a bit of traction in the right direction and lots of time with a few mg of xanax and a cold sixer to relax your shoulder girdle in the meantime should do the trick.
  • + 3
 First responders won’t usually attempt to “pop” your shoulder back in because there is a chance you can do more damage to the shoulder by pulling and yanking on it improperly. It’s not something that most people know how to do, and they shouldn’t be attempting. But, being hours away from a hospital may warrant a try. Also, most times, the guy with the dislocated shoulder has had it happen before, and can direct you how to yank the arm to pop it back in.
  • + 3
 Last time I knocked it out completely, all I did was rolled over in bed... Not even any sexual gymnastics going on, that sucked. Can't recommend the leatt shoulder braces enough, they shouldn't work as well as the do, but somehow it's held me together more successfully that surgery.
  • + 1
 No joke, in February my girlfriend dislocated hers rolling over in bed too. Nothing sexual at all happening, I wasn't even in the bed but watched it happen. She's still recovering from that shit because it was out for over an hour before the doctor attempted to put it back in.
  • + 1
 @ihartmybike: more details on yhis brace please, I've currently got a glenoid fracture and I'm chasing a brace so I can keep riding. Surgery is booked for early 2019
  • + 1
 Jeez, I feel for you guys. The same thing happened to me just 3 days ago. I rolled over to turn the alarm on my phone off and my shoulder just gave. Such a horrible way to wake up in the morning. I may have to check out those Leatt shoulder braces though.
  • + 2
 Been there. Dislocated my right three times before surgery. Been 10 years since, but re-dislocated it this November, so just in the process of figuring out what is wrong now. Not super excited about going thorough this again.
  • + 6
 This was awesome. Good lesson from Cam.
  • + 1
 I have a very strong muscular shoulders, chest, and upper back, due to weight training. (something many riders neglct, it seems). I really think this has saved my shoulder joints from major injury in a few big crashes. That being said, ive been scaling back the speed, risk factor, and air time in recent years (though I still ride some tech, just waht im comfortable with). im 47 and want to keep my shoulders and other joints healthy.
Dont break your fall with your arms you say? Bulls***. Ill sacrifice my shoulders, arms or wrists to save my spine and head, any day.
  • + 1
 Yes it did happened to me like the song ,once, twice ,three times a shoulder ,the first got it in with my will then 5 minutes pass ,and with a help of my friends “the I know that just.......”start circulating the shoulder and pop there he went again ,but in this time I just couldn’t get him back ,hospital I went with the injection it went and what a relief,after a phew years the left ,I just put it in and let it rest like the right one for 2 weeks ,since then never again even after playing tennis and all,and crashing many times ,but I feel you I heard stories of friends of mine that they just pop out while swimming and even sleeping,but hey you do push the boundries,peace out
  • + 1
 Don’t want to tempt fate so I’ve provided a coded message to fool the ‘fate fairies’ -

Yet one dislocated not !!

Good work cam. I’ve got a few shrek like friends too, defo not sharing a trampoline with any of them
  • + 1
 Popped mine out in August for the first time and fractured my humerus... not a hell of a lot of fun. Walked 4km to get out and at some point it popped back in. Been doing physio since late October and it's coming along pretty slow, still a limited range of motion. Have been back on the bike for nearly a month though- yay!
  • + 1
 I had a chronic dislocating shoulder, but for me the worst part was damage to my Deltoid nerve. It took 10 years for it to heal enough to make my muscle fire again, but odds are that I will never have feeling there again. I had it repaired in 07, but by then my motocross career was over
  • + 1
 Haha, nice haircut dude! When I was a younger lad, I dislocated my left shoulder 3 times over a 5 year period and the next step was surgery (which I didn't have coverage for, so that wasn't going to happen). One time, I was just leaning on a stool to get something off of a low shelf and POP, out it went. All 3 times I was able to get it back into the socket quickly (kind of go into panic mode when it happens). Since I was poor, I got some tips from a physical therapist on exercises to strengthen my shoulder and have so far avoided surgery (30 years later, yeah, I'm old).
  • + 3
 Hilarious and informative. Even enjoyed the Bike-stand-Mic-stand. Thanks Cam!
  • + 1
 Dislocated my shoulder one year ago. Still have pain.
Gym and workout have never worked for me, so I've given up the idea of it getting any better.
I wish I broke my collarbone instead Frown
  • + 2
 V good, little bit disappointed of no footage of Rachel A at Fort Bill when she popped her shoulder out and popping it back in.
  • + 1
 This video was both cringe-worthy and smileable. Three shoulder surgeries myself (so far), all whitewater related, so no footage.
  • + 1
 Thank you for this story time! Many do's and don'ts to add to the list! Its odd at how a shoulder injury vastly changes your perspective!
  • + 2
 I love Cam... always lively and animated. Best narrator/announcer in MTB too!
  • + 2
 instructions unclear, dislocated my shoulder
  • + 2
 That was amazing. Cam, you are hilarious
  • + 1
 Terrifying. Dislocated mine, and fractured the glenohumeral head, in the summer. Still having physio.
  • + 2
 That is a damn tough way to make an awesome video Cam...
  • + 2
 "Cam wave your hands if you're okay"

"very funny"
  • + 1
 If you're a skinny c* unt your shoulders can pop out.
  • + 1
 Oh man i laught so much when i saw your face outside the hospital !!!
  • + 1
 Darren Bearcloths haircut magically turned him into Peter Parker
  • + 1
 This is the best cam moment yet.... and that's saying something.
  • + 1
 " Don't do anything dumb "

pure gold.
  • + 1
 That was such a great vid
  • + 2
 Been there. Done that.
  • + 1
 I'm like 2 minutes it. WAY too squeamish to watch this man...
  • + 1
 Still no mention on HOW to put it back..thought that would be the vid ahah
  • + 1
 Otb and shoulder injuries sitting in a tree.
  • + 1
 That was very enjoyable!
  • + 1
 Cam's just great
  • + 1
 This is priceless!!!
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