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    Tuck and Roll

    I broke my clavicle last monday riding down the dome. The lower 1/2 of the trail has some nice flowing sections, and I was flowing. It also had some nice mud. The kind that lets you slide off the trail like ice. I was in the brush for about 6 ft, and then wham. I stopped moving from 20mph to 0. I'm guessing on the speed, but I was having fun. While in the air I became inverted, and tried rolling to my shoulder. The idea seemed better than landing on my face. I landed very hard, and snapped the end of my clavicle. My shoulder seemed dislocated, so I tried relocating it. After the immense pain, I decided the hospital would have to figure it out. I wrestled my bike out of the bushes and rode home, to the hospital, to the surgeon in the morning, and now I can type again. I have a nice plate connecting my collarbone chunks together. Since there is no skiing now, and riding (in the dirt anyway) is done, maybe I won't miss much of either. Anyway, be careful on mud, and that shoulder roll they always tell you about works mostly, not always.

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    Rockman! Say it Ain't True!

    I'm counting on you to get better by spring. There're some really big ones stacked up on the side of the trail that I need you to horse into place. Get well soon!

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    Whoa !

    Glad the bike is ok bro and you'll be riding soon !



    Quote Originally Posted by Elfbkr50
    I broke my clavicle last monday riding down the dome. The lower 1/2 of the trail has some nice flowing sections, and I was flowing. It also had some nice mud. The kind that lets you slide off the trail like ice. I was in the brush for about 6 ft, and then wham. I stopped moving from 20mph to 0. I'm guessing on the speed, but I was having fun. While in the air I became inverted, and tried rolling to my shoulder. The idea seemed better than landing on my face. I landed very hard, and snapped the end of my clavicle. My shoulder seemed dislocated, so I tried relocating it. After the immense pain, I decided the hospital would have to figure it out. I wrestled my bike out of the bushes and rode home, to the hospital, to the surgeon in the morning, and now I can type again. I have a nice plate connecting my collarbone chunks together. Since there is no skiing now, and riding (in the dirt anyway) is done, maybe I won't miss much of either. Anyway, be careful on mud, and that shoulder roll they always tell you about works mostly, not always.

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    Sorry to hear it. If there is any time to do it, it is now. Hoping for a quick recovery. See ya.
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    Bummer

    I hate to hear about anyone experiencing an injury serious enough to keep them off the bike! Heal well. You'll be back before you know it. The thing to remember though is to be disciplined enough to let yourself thoroughly heal. It's always so tempting to get back into it prematurely, so let pain be your guide. Hope you have a fast recovery.

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    I know what you're going thru....

    It took me 22 years of mountain biking before I finally broke a bone due to the sport. I broke my right hand Sept 2 2007 off the top of Lost Lake. Seven miles back to the car with a broken hand.... I'll never forget it..... thank god for disc brakes and full suspension. I was off my bike for 6 loooooong weeks.... might as well been a year..... that's what it felt like. It was tantamount to torture.

    The only thing that made me feel better was that I didn't break a leg or ankle. I can't possibly imagine a lower limb break.... imagine if you couldn't walk right now. So, take it easy next time.....

    And get well soon...

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    Definitely

    a good time, (if you can say there is a good time to break a bone) it is a Fall like this one. Actually, the trails might set up nice if we get some freezing temps.
    How'd you break your hand? Was it your landing gear? I thought rolling for it was a good idea. Next time I'll put the hands out, and go for a hand spring.

    We should make this a carnage thread. Other than broken skin, this is my only biking injury. I've broken helmets on the ground, (I wasn't wearing one for the clavicle crash because I had a wooly on). So, broken clavicle, and hand. What else can happen?

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    I've broken both of my collar bones, so I know exactly what you're going through. In a couple of weeks you'll start really feeling good, be careful, those things take way longer to heal than you would expect.
    The last collar bone break I had was back in '06 (the reason I joined mtbr and the reason for the mtbr handle) and I wound up re-breaking the bone three times before I (with much stern influence from my wife) just decided to settle down and let the damn thing heal. This is very difficult with 2' of fresh at Aly. You should be glad that this happened during the transition between summer and winter sports, you shouldn't miss any skiing.

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    It was after the LL race and I got stuck....

    in a deep rut caused by all the foot traffic. I was cornering hard at speed and my front tire clipped the lip of the rut and I augered in hard. I'm lucky I didn't break both my hand and collar bone. My hand landed on a sharp rock which proceed to snap my 5th metacarple in my right hand. I could here it snap and I knew instanly that I broke it. My hand swelled up so much that I hand to cut my glove off back at the car. It was very painful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elfbkr50
    We should make this a carnage thread.....
    I'll let the pics tell the story. Oct. '05, Utah mtbiking vacation. Day four of fourteen.
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    Inner views after first surgery....some hardware of my own!
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    Then a second surgery about five months later. This first one is right out of the cast. Second shows lots of pieces removed and remaining kneecap, one residue piece of wire still inside.

    It's been three years now, and I finally feel like I can start riding without knee concerns. It was a helluva ride!
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    Rando,
    You're such a Nancy. I've had bigger scratches than that on my eyeball and I could still see.


    Those are the gnarliest carnage photos ever.

    BTW I hear that you aren't even wearing your knee pad anymore. Glad to hear you've made the full recovery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bones get broke
    Rando,
    You're such a Nancy. I've had bigger scratches than that on my eyeball and I could still see.


    Those are the gnarliest carnage photos ever.

    BTW I hear that you aren't even wearing your knee pad anymore. Glad to hear you've made the full recovery.
    No keee pads,at least not when he's riding his bike.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bones get broke
    BTW I hear that you aren't even wearing your knee pad anymore.
    Let's just say I've become selective about wearing it.....catch that Leonard!

    OH yeah, don't let my wife know.....in either case.......

    Elf, got any x-rays?
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    I do

    I have hard copies. I will get them electronically, somehow, and post them.

    Nice knee destruction. I dislocated my knee playing football in high school, and have a scratch like yours from where they reattached my patellar tendon to my tibia. I was a medical red shirt my freshman year in college healing up, and it's been my "good knee" ever since. It doesn't count, as it is not a biking injury.

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    New shoulder

    Well, plate and screws anyway. Not sure if the picture will show up. For some reason I can't find a better quality shot on the disc they gave me.
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    been there, thats why i wear knee/shin guards

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    Ouch. I thought I was the only loony biker here. I broke 7 bones in one year on Bainbridge Island, biking what they call "trails" there. Then came the summer my brother and I were racing back to the glacier along Eklutna, top gear down a long hill. At the bottom I thought we were going right to the lake edge and he thought we were going left. We collided, I went over his back and crashed in the rocks. I crushed the cartilage in my right knee, and lost a ton of blood. The worst part was, it was almost back to the airstrip when I crashed, and I had to ride back out to the truck. Ow ow ow ow ow.

    The later MRI looked like the cooking channel... you know how people dice up onions? That was my knee.

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    Boy, this stuff all seems slight compared to the news about Fred.
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