NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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The clavical is the most commonly broken bone in the human body. The reason? When we are falling, we instinctively put out our hand to "catch" our fall. The impact causes the clavical (Tangent to the arm) to snap like a twig!
My advice to other riders is to learn how to fall. It's critical to tuck and roll as opposed to spread and splatter! If you roll, you may get more scrapes, but they're usually less severe!
I used to race BMX, and when I was first starting out, one of the older kids (whom we looked up to!) had a clinic on falling! It must have been hilarious to see a bunch of kids in a grass field, intentionally falling off their bikes. (We started from standing positions and gradually moved to the bikes). Regardless, it was a hoot of a time. At one point, we learned to roll and end up back on our feet! Our moms weren't too pleased trying to get the grass stains out of our clothes! After that clinic, our track didn't have a broken bone for something like 4 or 5 years!
BTW, you ought to have them change the description on the x-ray, "fell off bike"? How about "Hit by Car on bike".
L8R (Clavical Intact)
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