This case follows the injury presentation of a 16-year-old male, right-hand dominant, left-hand shot, Tier I ice hockey player who sustained an initial injury to the left shoulder from a body check during a game. What follows is a cascade of events involving 3 injuries and 2 surgeries, highlighting the complex and potentially compounding nature of instability. Glenohumeral (GH) instability among collision athletes is rare in the absence of contributing genetic conditions or a dislocation or subluxation event. Authors discuss the key concepts related to the diagnosis and management of GH instability, with a special emphasis on subtle injury indicators and an individualized approach to patient care.

Author Bio(s)

Kelsey J. Robinson, MS, LAT, ATC, is a student pursuing a PhD in Health Sciences with a concentration in Healthcare Professions Education at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, UT. She is also a licensed Athletic Trainer with experience in collegiate athletics and orthopedic practice.

Jennifer Austin, PhD, LAT, ATC, GTS, is the Program Director of the Doctor of Philosophy in the Health Sciences (PhD) program. Dr. Austin is a licensed athletic trainer with extensive experience in collegiate athletics as well as over 17 years of experience as an educator.



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