The Collar Bone or Clavicle is one of the most frequently broken bones in the body. A broken Collar bone (broken Clavicle) is an extremely common shoulder injury in Motocross riders. A broken Collar bone usually occurs during a fall from the bike when the rider falls onto an out stretched hand. The force transmitted up the arm is often enough to cause the collar bone to break.
Try not to fall! Be aware that over 50% of Motocross injuries occur at bends and be extra vigilant when cornering. Look out for other bikes and try to anticipate danger as these are the obstacles that can cause a collision or fall. Walking the course prior to the event is essential to help you anticipate areas of the track that could be a problem. If you stay clear of bunches at trouble spots then you can often pick up a few places as other riders collide.
Any suspected fractures should be assessed and treated at hospital. You can apply ice packs (never apply ice directly to the skin) to the shoulder for pain relief. Pain killing drugs prescribed by a doctor can provide relief for the intense shoulder pain. A Figure of 8 shoulder support and sling can immobilise the shoulder and provide pain relief.
Once the treating doctor is satisfied that the collar bone is sufficiently healed then shoulder range of movement exercises can be progressed to gradually increase shoulder movement. These exercises may be a little uncomfortable, but with some encouragement from a Physiotherapist this discomfort should quickly resolve as normal movement returns. Shoulder strengthening should then begin using Resistance Bands to regain full function.