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Oct 25, 2003 5:43 PM
How common are collarbone injuries in cycling/racing? I have not hurt mine, but keep hearing about people whom it happened to (one lady in are club had it happen this summer). How is it injured? Anyway to prevent it (aside from not riding/racing)?
ask cadel evansZone_5_Junkie
Oct 25, 2003 7:49 PM
he broke his collar bone *4* times this season...gotta be a record.
oooh, I know the answer!!weiwentg
Oct 26, 2003 4:55 AM
they do not happen to everyone. everyone who races will crash yes, but not everyone who races will break a collarbone. if you go over your handlebars - T-boning someone who crashes in front of you - you are quite likely to break your collarbone (and probably your helmet as well).
oooh, I know the answer!!oddsos
Oct 27, 2003 7:26 AM
It depends to a large extent how you fall. Falling on an extended arm is a great way to break a collar bone. Low speed crashes are likely to result in broken collar bones as there is time for you to put out a hand to try and save yourself. At high speed you are likely to hit the ground and roll or slide. This loses a lot of skin, but tends not to break bones. However if you hit something solid whilst rolling and sliding you have another chance to break some bones.
It's a "right of passage"...biknben
Oct 27, 2003 2:20 PM
It's got to be the most common serious cycling injury. In most falls or crashes you are leading with your upper body. It makes that area of the body more susceptable (sp?) to injury.

I attribute much of my injury free MTBing to stuff I learned when playing sports as a kid. It gave me a tuck and roll instinct. When I look back on my worst airborne crashes, I curled up in the fetal postion and waited until I stopped. Do all you can to avoid a crash. Beyond that, just brace yourself.
Some people can crash "right", some can't.MR_GRUMPY
Oct 27, 2003 2:37 PM
Some people can't help it to stick out their arms to protect themselves. CRACK. there goes a wrist, or a collarbone, or both.
like bikenben said...shirt
Oct 27, 2003 3:21 PM
A little practice in other disciplines (martial arts, tumbling at the Y as a kid, MTB'ing) should replace your instinct to throw your arms out at the ground with the knowledge to tuck and roll. Probably not a bad idea for someone who's going to do a lot of crits to add some get-friendly-with-the-earth skillz.

Heck, I did a beautiful endo yesterday off road with a roll that would have made my old sensei proud. Then I kicked my bike with a roundhouse. And bowed to it as apology.

I'm not sure if you can "learn" something like that.MR_GRUMPY
Oct 27, 2003 5:53 PM
It used to be that people would practice tumbling in the off season, but I really doubt if people could apply that in a instant decision. Just look at the Pro's. Some of them are always breaking collarbones and arms. Some don't.
I've busted my share of ribs, but have never tweeked my collarbone or wrists. Ribs usually go when you land on someones bars or cranks. Curbs are the one thing you can't count on. Land on those wrong and it's goodby whatever you land on.
I'm not sure if you can "learn" something like that.Zone_5_Junkie
Oct 27, 2003 6:34 PM
My one bad crash of this year was a fall on an outstretched arm and a major slide along the asphalt. Thank god for gloves, which I shredded.

My MTB crash was an endo that I somehow unclipped both feet, leaped over the bars and down the side of a ravine took 2 huge running strides, jumped and caught a large arm-sized tree branch which broke and left me standing on my feet holding this huge limb.

crashes...ain't no way to predict how it will go for you and one things for sure: it could always have been worse.
Funny image...biknben
Oct 28, 2003 5:51 AM
I'm picturing someone doing a roundhouse in the woods. LOL!!!

Ironically, I took a spill on the road while commuting home yesterday. (story on the general board) Just hours after writing my previous response, I did exactly what I said NOT to do. I put my hands out and took skin off my palms.

I was cursing myself while picking gravel out of my hands. The whole time asking myself, "Didn't I just tell someone NOT to do that?"

You can do all you can to prepare yourself for crashes. In most cases, it helps. But when you're about to hit the deck there isn't time to react. In my case yesterday, it was a low speed incident where my hands came off the bars. I fell forward onto my hands. I didn't have time to do anything and hit the ground as if I had never let go of the bars.

Sh!t happens. Hope for the best.
It is the most broken bone in the human body, period. nmNo_sprint
Nov 12, 2003 1:18 PM