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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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nathfuller [11 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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paulfg42 [387 posts] 2 years ago
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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.

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Mat Brett [624 posts] 2 years ago
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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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PJ McNally [591 posts] 2 years ago
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Awesome, Mat - answers like these restore my faith in the road.cc forum community!

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nicdoye [29 posts] 2 years ago
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Thank you all! Your injuries all sound (and look!) far more serious than mine.  1 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.  3

Merry Christmas to you all (and watch out for wet manhole covers)
nic

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Forester [116 posts] 2 years ago
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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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nicdoye [29 posts] 2 years ago
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Cripes! Thanks, I won't give up  1

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Cycle_Jim [264 posts] 2 years ago
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Didn't wiggo use some sort of harness mijig? Similar to Mat Bretts I should imagine

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Bobbinogs [188 posts] 2 years ago
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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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nicdoye [29 posts] 2 years ago
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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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nicdoye [29 posts] 2 years ago
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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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nicdoye [29 posts] 2 years ago
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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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TwinkleTash [1 post] 3 months ago
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Hi all.

Long time Lurker, first time poster, here.

 

Apols for resurrecting a long-dead thread, but I recently wrote a whole load of first-hand experience notes from a past Clavicle Op procedure for a friend who broke his Collar Bone more recently, so thought I would share the info in case others find it useful.

Before my op I got a mixture of scared and confused by the info from cyclists that is available, some suggesting that you could be racing within weeks (which I think is wrong), and others saying that the season would defo be over (which I also think is wrong), so here’s my contribution for others who are going through the same experience. 

 

Hope it helps someone, the post basically talks about:

  • When to Turbo
  • What Intensity of Turbos
  • Not over-doing it
  • Nutrition
  • Accepting Support form others
  • What else to do with your free time
  • What to do when you get back on the road
  • Being ready for the psychological side of the recovery

 

Here’s the link to the couple of blog posts I made on the subject since it’s much to long for a forum post...

http://www.formofexpression.com/#!blog/adqiy/tag/broken-collar-bone

 

I want to say: 'good luck’ to anyone who is having this happen to them right now!

Feel free to ask me specific questions about my experience here and I’ll pop back in to contribute; I know it can be anxiety-inducing when you are waiting to have or are recovering from this op.