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How should I care for a dislocated shoulder?

Call 911. Keep the patient calm, and try to keep them from looking at the injury. Do not attempt to move the athlete or the athlete's arm, and wait for emergency personnel to arrive. (This answer provided for NATA by the California University of Pennsylvania Athletic Training Education Program.)

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