By inpain - United States - San Francisco
Today, in my self-defense class, we did an attack simulation. As I began to hit my attacker, my fist hit the top of his helmet, dislocating my shoulder. I then spent the next hour in the ER sobbing until it was popped back in. I need to learn to defend myself against myself. FML
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By  yerawizardlizzy  |  27

Here's what my self-defense coach taught my class: Any minor injury you receive in self-defense is much better than a major injury, or even death, from not defending yourself. In reality you probably would have knocked out your attacker, or at least disoriented them enough to get away. You dislocated your shoulder, but you got away alive, right? It's not very likely you'll ever escape an attack completely unharmed, so don't sweat it. Yeah it sucked that it happened in class, but you know what you need to do.

  katertott  |  44

That makes sense. Personally, I'd be afraid to leave it untreated so long for fear of prolonging the pain and worsening the damage. Athletes can usually get away with doing it immediately, but I can see how a self-defense class mishap would require a more careful evaluation.

  Anikaaaaa  |  31

#3 That's what I was thinking as well! My shoulder has been dislocated on I think 6 occassions over the past 4 years, and I've always managed to pop it back myself within 5 minutes.