Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience

On October 5th, 2010, William J. Legg, D.O., KCUMB alumni of 1953, led thirty-four medical students from KCUMB in a dislocation reduction clinic on a reduction technique for an anterior shoulder dislocation that he developed in the mid 1980’s.  Considered by many to be one of the early fathers of Sports Medicine, Dr. Legg served on the sidelines as the team physician for North Kansas City High School in Kansas City, MO for 24 years before retiring to serve as a faculty member in the department of Family Medicine at KCUMB.

The Legg reduction technique, recently published in the JAOA, is a unique technique for an anterior shoulder dislocation in that it works synergistically with the muscles in the shoulder girdle to reduce the dislocation using the natural tendencies of the muscle groups.  It can also be conducted without the use of premedication, making it an ideal technique for the Sports Medicine physician.Students were guided through the simple eight-step technique, learning the anatomy involved in each technique and why it is so effective, requiring no analgesics to perform.  Afterwards, Dr. Legg instructed students how to properly assess neurovascular integrity following reduction and the proper follow-up care.

Aaron Shaw, KCUMB- SAOASM President