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Old 07-08-10, 08:36 AM   #1
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Broken Collar Bones - cause ?

So, Paul Sherwen said that collar bones get broken because the rider sticks his arms out during the fall ..... I would think the pros know how fall by now.
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I can attest that simply diving shoulder first into the pavement is enough to snap a collar bone. I would imagine sticking your arm out will get your wrist broken.
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Putting your arm out, and landing on it concentrates the force of impact, and makes breaking it more likely. Simply falling and landing heavily on your shoulder could break it also.
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"For Cyclists, Collarbones Are Made to Be Broken"

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/01/sp...01cycling.html
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I can attest that simply diving shoulder first into the pavement is enough to snap a collar bone. I would imagine sticking your arm out will get your wrist broken.
That's how I broke mine.
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That's how I broke mine.
+2 Hands were still on the bars...probably why I broke my scapula (shoulder blade) too.
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That's how I broke mine.
I've only crashed and fallen (other than when I was new to unclipping ) once since being an adult. On that occasion, I fell that way too, but fortunately, nothing worse than some road rash and a trashed jersey. Possibly because my hip/thigh hit almost simultaneously.
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I've only crashed and fallen (other than when I was new to unclipping ) once since being an adult. On that occasion, I fell that way too, but fortunately, nothing worse than some road rash and a trashed jersey.
I was going 20 mph and was pitched to the ground in the blink of an eye. So basically the full energy was driven through my shoulder and into my collar bone.
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I would think the pros know how fall by now.
Particularly Frank Schelck with all the practice he's had.
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shoulders are total rube goldberg devices w/ all the muscles, ligaments, flimsy bones. Hard to believe anybody keeps them together for very long.
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I've also heard that the pro cycling trainin/diet tends to result in lower bone density when compared to other athletes. don't have any cited sources though.
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shoulders are total rube goldberg devices w/ all the muscles, ligaments, flimsy bones. Hard to believe anybody keeps them together for very long.
Several companies sell consumable tooling along with various devices to leave implanted.

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shoulders are total rube goldberg devices w/ all the muscles, ligaments, flimsy bones. Hard to believe anybody keeps them together for very long.
Poor design it is.
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So, Paul Sherwen said that collar bones get broken because the rider sticks his arms out during the fall ..... I would think the pros know how fall by now.

It's not so simple. Learning how to fall is one thing, but in real life you often don't have the opportunity to prepare yourself for a crash. Often you don't even see it coming.
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The human shoulder has an incredible range of motion. The design is pretty good. Expecting it to withstand a sudden impact with the road is simply too much to ask.
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Particularly Frank Schelck with all the practice he's had.
You misspelled Christian Vande Velde
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