Turbo training with a broken collarbone

by nicdoye   December 20, 2013  

So, I broke my collarbone. No biggie, I just can't get out on the bike now. So how soon after breaking it should I wait before going on the turbo? How do I support my upper body with only one arm?

Any advice would be appreciated.

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I had a shoulder operation and was on the turbo after just over a week, I just sat up like you would if you were climbing. Just make sure you keep it static, I found keeping my arm against my body helped the most.

posted by nathfuller [7 posts]
20th December 2013 - 21:40

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I did it after a dislocated collarbone but on an exercise bike. Kept my injured arm in the sling position initially and then gradually moved to the handlebars without putting too much weight on it.

posted by paulfg42 [378 posts]
20th December 2013 - 21:52

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I snapped my elbow off one Friday, surgery (pins and wire) to re-attach it on the Saturday, back on the turbo on the Tuesday. Took advice from a surgeon friend to check it was okay. Zero issues.

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posted by Mat Brett [1922 posts]
21st December 2013 - 0:23

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Awesome, Mat - answers like these restore my faith in the road.cc forum community!

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posted by PJ McNally [591 posts]
21st December 2013 - 8:18

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Thank you all! Your injuries all sound (and look!) far more serious than mine. Smile I'm not the world's greatest cyclist, but I'd hate to lose all my muscle mass and pile on the pounds over the next few weeks. Thanks to you lot, I'll have no excuses. Wink

Merry Christmas to you all (and watch out for wet manhole covers)
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posted by nicdoye [24 posts]
21st December 2013 - 9:46

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I broke my collarbone, pelvis and 6 ribs in April. The friend I was cycling with turned up with a turbo trainer when I was still on crutch (could only use one) and I thought he was mad. Once I had got on the turbo, itself quite difficult, I found my pelvis wasn't too bad, and I have got back to doing more than I was before I fell off. I avoided riding past the scene of my accident until my cycling group decided to go that way; it was quite emotional but i ended up doing 80km that day, and actually enjoying it. Moral- don't give up!

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posted by Forester [97 posts]
21st December 2013 - 10:11

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Cripes! Thanks, I won't give up Smile

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posted by nicdoye [24 posts]
21st December 2013 - 20:31

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Didn't wiggo use some sort of harness mijig? Similar to Mat Bretts I should imagine

posted by Cycle_Jim [282 posts]
22nd December 2013 - 1:33

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Yepp, as above. Turbo with a broken collarbone is perfectly possible but TAKE IT EASY! It is easy to get carried away and even try standing (I know, I caught myself doing this and had a WTF moment). You may need to get some help flipping the stem as that can make it less painful, etc.

Speak to your doctor/surgeon if there is doubt but I was on my turbo about 3 days after breaking my clavicle and I then turbo-d about 3-4 times a week for the next 10 weeks. Kept most of my fitness but inevitably lost some endurance (I managed to do the odd 3 hour session on the turbo but that really was tough on the bottom). Stuff like Sufferfest works really well as it is HIT, which can then be balanced with some zone 1/2 or 3 work. Angels and the Hunted are good, as both work on 'climbing', as in maintaining threshold rather than intervals (which aren't really possible sitting, etc.).

Soon got my fitness back once out on the bike again so best of luck, just try and come to terms with the fact you have injured yourself and be patient. I found sleeping to be the hardest thing, which is what your body needs. I needed to do lots of really painful physio as my shoulder froze, and I needed 2 ops (one to put a plate in and then one to take it out after 8 weeks). I did make a full recovery and just have a scar to show. So hang in there.

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posted by Bobbinogs [62 posts]
23rd December 2013 - 12:28

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I'm hoping not to have an operation Bobbinogs, but yes, I am not a patient person. Sleep is a pain though - I never sleep on my back, but have to, propped up. 3 hours on the turbo sounds hard on the bum and the mind!

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posted by nicdoye [24 posts]
23rd December 2013 - 13:15

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Did an hour. Hard on the working arm: kept moving from on-the-tops to bolt upright - which the saddle is not designed for. I'd put my Brooks on or raise the quill stem but I can't do any maintenance one-armed.

Bum and feet very achey - does that mean I normally carry too much weight on my arms, or the right amount? Who knows.

Thank you all for your help, have a great Christmas,
Nic

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posted by nicdoye [24 posts]
24th December 2013 - 18:20

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Update: had an operation to fix the bone. I've shattered the bone, so they've not pinned it, but tied "string" around all the parts to try and remake a bone. I am not allowed to move my arm at all and this includes using the turbo for at least four weeks (probably 6-8 weeks).

Oh well! Good job I'm not a competitive cyclist.

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posted by nicdoye [24 posts]
2nd January 2014 - 11:26

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