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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan The Man View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by umd View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by umd View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
    I would think the pros know how fall by now.
    Particularly Frank Schelck with all the practice he's had.
    You could fall off a cliff and die.
    You could get lost and die.
    You could hit a tree and die.
    OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by HardyWeinberg View Post
    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.
    i may have overreacted

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
    Particularly Frank Schelck with all the practice he's had.
    You misspelled Christian Vande Velde

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