Fractured clavicle (collarbone) is a common mountain biking injury. In fact, the Green
Valley (Bear Claw Poppy) Trail even has a slope named after this fracture: "Clavicle
Hill." The fracture results from a direct hit on the outer side of the shoulder, such
as an endo in which the biker turns to the side as he rotates forward.
A fractured clavicle (collarbone) is usually caused by falling directly onto the shoulder.
There's pain in the middle of the collarbone, and often a deformity. The shoulder can't be
Note the bump on the collarbone of this biker.
Most clavicle fractures aren't this obvious.
If you suspect a fractured clavicle, you should go to the doctor or emergency room. A
temporary sling may keep the patient more comfortable during the hike out. Apply a cold
pack directly over the deformed area of the collarbone.
with fractured clavicle. Note the bulge of swelling on the front of the collarbone.
A broken collarbone usually takes about 4 weeks to heal. Follow your doctor's
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