The dislocated shoulder is an injury that can happen to any boater and most likely will.
If you have never had a dislocated shoulder that’s great. Maybe you don’t know anyone who has ever done it, again this is great news. The longer you boat the more likely you will have a dislocated shoulder or know someone who will dislocate theirs, maybe even on your river trip. It’s a common injury and Justin Padgett executive director at Landmark Learning has some serious outdoor medical experience and discusses the painful topic of shoulder dislocation and relocation.
During the ACA Swiftwater Rescue Conference in 2013 on the Tuckaseegee Justin a one time river guide on the New and Gauely with Class VI delivered information in a professional, engaging and entertaining way. His personality cannot help but shine through whenever he educates. The information delivery is professional but fun and it’s understood immediately as coming from an authority. Shoulders were one of his topics during this segment of tutelage and to me a boater who has dislocated a shoulder during a river trip was anxious to learn more.
Justin Padgett is an authority when it comes to medical assistance in a wilderness environment. It’s immediate when talking with him that he’s an incredible instructor and you’re going to learn a lot so be ready. I highly encourage anyone to seek out this professional and take one of his classes.