View Full Version : Resuming Swimming after Broken Collarbone

Bill Cleveland
December 18th, 2005, 10:08 PM
Question for someone with experience in this area:

I have a swimmer that wants to return to our program in January. He was in a bike wreck and mashed up his shoulder pretty well. He had surgery with the insertion of a pin which has now been removed. He indicates limited overhead reach and limited range of motion with his injured shoulder.

Any guidance on how to best get him back in the swim of things?

Bill C.
Shreveport/Bossier City Red River Masters

jim clemmons
December 19th, 2005, 01:21 PM
I broke my right clavicle while boogie boarding in 1993. I was 43 years old at the time. It took almost a full 12 months to heal to the point I felt somewhat comfortable when I "pulled" but it still required a couple of trips to a sports-chiropractic specialist to get everything back "in-line". No pins were installed but the break was not what they term "clean". One end was clean but the other was "splintered".

Occasionally, I have some issues with tightness but otherwise nothing worth mentioning.

Depending on the age of this swimmer I suspect there may be some of the same issues.

December 20th, 2005, 12:45 PM
I broke my right collarbone right after my junior year of HS swimming and returned my senior year w/ no problems.

I think it all depends on the age of the person, the type of injury and how that person heals.

My collarbone healed with absolutely no residual effects. I drank lots of milk and did not push myself to do something that hurt.

I have seen Football players play with broken collarbones only weeks after the injury. Tyler Hamilton completed the Tour De France with a broken collarbone (pre-juice).

It really depends on a person's threshold of pain. I believe in taking it easy until healed to avoid set backs.