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Collarbone & Shoulder Injuries in Cycling

Medical Series Articles: About Medical Depression ] Achilles Tendonitis ] Asthma Medications ] Back Pain ] Bicycling First Aid Kit ] Collarbone & Shoulder Injuries ] Diabetes, Cycling, & Insulin ] Exercise-Induced Bronchospasm ] Forefoot Problems ] Gastrointestinal Problems ] Heat & Cycling ] Injury in the Tour de France ] Muscle Cramps ] Obesity ] Overuse Injuries ] RICE, NSAIDs ] Ride or Rest? ] Riding Poorly--Is It Medical ] Road Rash ] Saddle Sores ] Sleep for Cyclists ] Stretching ] Tips to Lose Weight ] Traumatic Injuries ]

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Collarbone & Shoulder Injuries in Cycling (Introduction)

Broken Collarbone

The collarbone is the most common bone to break when a cyclist falls.

It is usually the result of falling on an outstretched hand—which causes indirect violence to the shoulder girdle.

You can easily feel your collarbone, or clavicle, running from the sternum, or breastplate bone, to the acromion, a projection forward from the scapula, or shoulder blade.


Shoulder Injuries

The shoulder ligaments may be stretched or torn.

The shoulder may be dislocated.

These problems are discussed below.

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