Go Back   Mountain Buzz > Whitewater Boating > Whitewater Kayaking

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-03-2008   #1
Kendo's Avatar
Denver, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1993
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 155
Freshly healed collar bone, start paddling time estimation?

Just wondering if anyone has had this happen, I broke my collar bone back in mid-july, literally took me 10 weeks to quit wearing the sling, I have been doing dailey excercises so just about all the articulation (range of motion)is back only without my strength, I am 40 and do not seem to heal as quickley as I used to..ce la vie'..
My question: Is it to soon to playboat? I do play alot so not necessarily just navigation.. Is the bone caluse strong enough at this stage??
I am gonna die soon if I dont get in my boat!! I am interested to hear an average if that sounds possible?


Kendo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2008   #2
Kellman's Avatar
Bozeman, Montana
Paddling Since: 1998
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 38
Here's the deal....coming from someone who has separated both shoulders twice, dislocated both, broke a wrist an elbow in two spots and a shoulder. All in relatively separate incidents...

Sounds like it was a pretty rough break. In terms of those type of injuries, the most important things in my personal experience is #1) rehab, which it sounds like you are doing, range of motion, stretching, strengthening etc..
You gotta get back in the water and you gotta strengthen that sucker back up. Start small like in some flat water or class II or whatever, but make sure that you are warming it up without any unnecessary stress. It will likely hurt like a bitch some and be sore but the more you keep up with the rehab and the more you work to re-strengthen that back up without reversing the progress you have already made the sooner youll be back out there.

I know how it is, good luck out there.

boof to live
Kellman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2008   #3
Kendo's Avatar
Denver, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1993
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 155
Thanks Zack!
the forsight and experience helps! I will definetly continue to rehab and strengthening excercises.
Kendo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2008   #4
Jenks, Oklahoma
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 1,407
Years ago I broke my collar bone in a dirt bike accident.

Doctor put me in a "figure 8 brace" said to really take it easy and he would not do a plaster cast.

Followed instructions for maybe 3 or 4 weeks, went to a party and did some things I should not do, plus driving a stick shift truck.

Went back to the Doctor for a scheduled check up and got my butt chewed out. My collar bone was healing ok, but I had pulled it apart and made a bridge at the break.

He had to rebreak the fracture and this time put me in a full shoulder cast with my right arm (broke collar bone on right side) crossed over my chest like Napolean did in his historical photos.

It was another very difficult 6 weeks before it healed and the Doc cut the cast off. Yes you can reach across with your left arm and twist and shift gears on a floor shift, but not very well.

My recommendation is to follow Doctor instructions, maybe see a sports physical therapist for a few rehab sessions and really rehab not doing anything that screws up the healing and recovery process.
okieboater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2008   #5
IkayakNboard's Avatar
, Colorado
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 169
It is a tough call. I broke my collar bone a while back in a bad way. Pieces of the bone had splintered off, tearing some of the nerves, and bone poking through the skin. Seems like it was fairly early summer when it happened, and I resisted the temptation to get in my boat the rest of the season. I then rebroke it after a very mellow fall on my snowboard in January. And then again the following April after slipping on a patch of ice when hiking, and bracing myself with my hands. I then decided to let it heal for a full year before doing anything that could potentially cause me to rebreak it. Haven't broken it since, though it still hurts when I work out (push ups, bench press, etc)...and it's been about 8 years since the initial break. A good friend of mine has broken his a total of 7 times, almost once per year (all snowboarding). The good news is the subsequent breaks didn't hurt nearly as bad as the 1st.
IkayakNboard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2008   #6
Kellman's Avatar
Bozeman, Montana
Paddling Since: 1998
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 38
boof to live
Kellman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2008   #7
Durango, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1996
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 29
You are probably good to go playboating, I would avoid creeking(if you do that) until next spring. I broke mine a few years ago longboarding, it didn't heal completely (nonunion) and I had to have surgery. So now I have a plate and six screws in my shoulder. You don't seem to have that problem, the biggest problem for me was rebuilding the soft tissue in my shoulder. If you have been going to a PT do EXACTLY what they say and don't assume that just because your shoulder feels better that it is. I learned that the hard way and I now regret it. I paddled flat water for a few weeks before I got into my playboat, then waited until I was feeling solid with that before I started running the shit. Good luck!

ChrisL is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
when to start youngpaddler06 Whitewater Kayaking 2 05-10-2008 12:07 PM
Gaia Paddlesports Throw Me a Bone Contest flyinskeleton Whitewater Kayaking 0 11-12-2006 10:31 PM
Gaia Paddlesports Throw Me a Bone Contest presented by Jerem flyinskeleton Whitewater Kayaking 0 10-11-2006 12:52 AM
What time does runoff start on the Poudre? cemartin Whitewater Kayaking 10 05-09-2005 03:40 PM
Anybody up for some night time paddling Frogger Whitewater Kayaking 3 04-14-2005 09:00 AM

» Classified Ads

posted by ShamanRx

Brand New never used 2016 XXL Crux. Has relief zipper and...

Demo 2016 Jackson 2 Fun

posted by 4CRS

Used 2016 Jackson 2Fun whitewater kayak - lightly used demo...

*!* Pyranha S6 200 with...

posted by MaxwellSilverKayak

Pyranha S6 200 playboat for sale. Great for larger...

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:11 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.