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Tyler had a BROKEN SHOULDER!(8 posts)

Tyler had a BROKEN SHOULDER!Sintesi
Jun 4, 2002 5:10 AM
Man, I really have respect for this guy now. From cyclingnews.com:

Hamilton's Tour de France start depends on broken shoulder
A broken shoulder will hamper Tyler Hamilton's (CSC-Tiscali) preparations for the Tour de France next month, after a diagnosis was made last night at a hospital Milan. Doctors found that Hamilton's crash in the fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia more than likely resulted in a fractured shoulder where the bone meets the rotator cuff. This would help to explain why he couldn't hold the flowers above his head with his left hand after his stage 14 win, and had problems getting out of the saddle on the climbs.

Team manager Bjarne Riis said on the team's website that "It really puts Tyler's performance in the Giro into a completely new perspective, when we are told that he completed most of the race with a broken shoulder. There can be no doubt that his condition has had a negative influence on his performance and that makes it even more impressive that he was able to finish second overall."

"During the Giro, I could feel that something was not quite right in my shoulder, but I chose not to have it x-rayed because I was afraid that I might have to quit the race in order to avoid the long-term effects of racing with a fractured bone. Now that the race is over, I am overcome with joy that I was able to complete and - on top of that - obtain such a fantastic result", said Hamilton.

No ligaments or tendons were damaged and at the moment, surgery does not seem to be necessary. However, Hamilton has been told to wear his arm in a sling for at least three weeks while it heals. He still thinks that he will start in the Tour, but his preparation will be hampered.
yes, it's on his site nmcyclopathic
Jun 4, 2002 5:18 AM
I imagine what happened...Wayne
Jun 4, 2002 5:22 AM
based on how he was moving, and how they're treating it etc. is that he avulsed part of his rotator cuff tendon away from the bone. Basically the tendon's insertion into the bone was stronger than the bone so a small piece of bone pulled away with the tendon attached to it. It probably didn't separate completely but kind of flapped up and laid back down in the same spot. One of my friends had the same thing happen in a mountain bike accident. Presents like a torn rotator cuff but you just have to give it time for the bone "flap" to reattach back to the surrounding bone. Lot less recovery time than a torn rotator cuff since no surgery is needed to repair it. "Broken shoulder" seems it a bit misleading but is probably easier than explaining the true nature of the injury and was probably more painful than if he just had a small fracture of his arm bone, scapula, or clavicle.
Pretty incredible...Wannabe
Jun 4, 2002 6:07 AM
To think he had a broken shoulder for the last two weeks! They didn't want to get the hsoulder x-rayed for fear of what the diagnosis might be and having to stop racing! Major props to Tyler! He really stands in a whole new light in my eyes! Already looking forward to the Giro '03!

Andy
had a broken scapula before and it hurts badColnagoFE
Jun 4, 2002 7:27 AM
...not sure how you'd ride a pro-level bike race without major pain killers. suppose he coulda really messed it up if hed have crashed again. not sure how smart it really is to ride with an injury like that, but the guy must have a high tolerance for pain. gotta give him that.
All athlete's at this level......Len J
Jun 4, 2002 7:35 AM
have an incredible pain tolerance, it's one of the reasons they are at this level.

20 years ago there was a promisin college miler that had such a high pain threshhold that he never let anyone know of the head poain he was having. Turned out he had a brain tumor the size of a grapefruit. The doctor said that anyone else would not have been able to function with a tumor half that size. He claimed that he was just having minor headaches.

Len
It certainly defines what a gutty performance it wasMe Dot Org
Jun 4, 2002 7:37 AM
To ride through that kind of pain..
It certainly defines what a gutty performance it wasatpjunkie
Jun 6, 2002 6:26 PM
puts him in a class with Hockey Players and some football players.
Jack Lambert played a superbowl with a broken arm and Ronnie Lott had his pinky tip amputated so he could play a superbowl. Numerous Hockey players have played Stanley Cup playoffs and finals with broken legs, arms and maxillofacial breaks. Major props to Tyler. I damaged my rotator cuff, labrum and bicep tendon in an MTB accident and still completed a century in good time. But it is murder to try to stand on the hills, I can't even imagine at that pace and every day, it's been an inspiration and my PT says to keep riding. Sometimes it's easier to ask forgiveness than permission, good on ya for waiting until after the race Tyler for the X-Ray. CSC Tiscali chose well.