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Faith Hansen
07-15-2008, 06:59 AM
Hi Everyone!

I broke my clavicle during Aikido training 1 month ago. I opted for the surgery (I did have a pretty bad spiral fracture/break) and it has now been 3 weeks since the surgery. My recovery has been really good and I have already been on the mat, although in a sling and only helping in a limited capacity with kids class. My doctor said it could be 6-9 months before I can take falls and roll again safely.

My question is: For those of you out there in the Aiki Community that have broken your clavicle and had surgery or not had surgery, what has been your experience as far as healing time? How long before you were taking rolls again?

Thanks much!!!

07-15-2008, 08:42 AM
Just be sure to wait until it's good-n-healed. Surgery makes some folks think they're more healed than they are. It will probably be more in the 6 month range than the 8 week range. Let it heal properly and you'll have a lifetime to do the stuff you love. I'm involved in motorcycling and snowboarding in addition to Aikido and lots of folks in both those sports break collarbones. You will be *able* to do a lot of the things you miss long before you *should* be doing them. The danger is that if you re-injure the area, a plate and a bunch of screws do a lot more damage than a bone. You want to wait until the bone is what's holding your shoulder together, not a plate.

Here's a story you should read. (http://www.libtechblogs.com/blog/2008/02/remembering_jar.html) Granted this guy was on his 7th break, but he didn't let them heal properly, and look what it got him. Sad stuff.

Sorry to be a nanny, but I've seen way too many people (myself included) come back to training before it's actually healthy and safe to be on the mat. :)

Faith Hansen
07-15-2008, 08:49 AM
Yeah I'm trying exceedingly hard not to overdue it. I'm still wearing the sling most of the time even though the doc said I didn't have to as long as I was careful. I tend to forget about the injury without it on. I really, really want to let it heal properly. I mostly just wanted some feedback from other Aikidoka, my doc doesn't really know what we do.

Thanks for the info. I was figuring that the 6 months would probably be right. Sucks a bit, but hey I do have the rest of my life to train.....I've just not been off the mat for more than a few days for 5 years. It's pretty weird. That's why I'm kinda "helping" (as much as a one armed, non rolling, non falling Aikidoka can) during kid's class. So I feel sane. :)

07-15-2008, 09:41 AM
I'm just curious... what were you doing when you broke it - falling/rolling?

Faith Hansen
07-15-2008, 09:59 AM
Hey Don,

I was helping teach kids class and was being thrown by my Sensei. It was a hanmi handachi technique, me standing. I tried to take a roll out of the technique (have no idea what it was, really can't remember, haven't asked) and couldn't get over fully (my hips got locked down and I couldn't push off to get any height). My shoulder slammed directly into the mat. We both agree it was just a weird occurance on both sides.

My facebook page has a bunch of pictures: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2003851&id=1127616733

Bryan Sproles
07-15-2008, 10:49 AM
Have faith :D - You'll be back on the mat soon enough :)

Besides, for the moment you can at least show nikkyo, sankyo, yonko, kote gaeshi, maybe a few others... :)


Karen Wolek
07-15-2008, 11:54 AM
OUCH!!!!!! I hope you heal FAST, Faith!

One of my teachers broke her collarbone taking ukemi a long time ago. I think she said it took 9 months to heal (enough for aikido, I guess).

Take it easy!

Ron Tisdale
07-15-2008, 12:06 PM
Best of luck and hope you heal quickly!

Marc Abrams
07-15-2008, 01:26 PM

I would strongly recommend going to a Chinese medicine doctor to help with your recovery. Bone-knitting formula's , acupuncture, etc. can significantly hasten your recovery.

Marc Abrams

07-15-2008, 07:05 PM
a friend of mine broke his in 3 places and it was about 9 months healing with residual soreness. He was thrown by a sensei demoing a ude hiji nage and did not let go of his arm and drove him straight into the mat. He was just visiting too.

colin slider
07-19-2008, 09:18 AM
broke my left collarbone in late Jan this year - taking ukemi for juji nage for sensei, my trailing foot caught in his hakama and I plowed shoulder first into the floor

started teaching again in April and training again first week July - just going a bit slow and careful on my left side especially with locks but otherwise OK.

i developed a frozen shoulder while the fracture was healing but an 'aggressive' approach to treatment from my osteopath had pretty amazing results in a short time and I now have about 90-95 % of the range of movement i had before the injury with improvements continuing