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2006/05/05 20:03:47 (permalink)

Injured doing dips - snapped my clavicle!

Went to A+E yesterday after hearing an almighty crack while doing weighted dips. turns out ive snapped my left collar bone clean in two. Damnit.

I never knew dips placed so much stress on collar bones - have done them for months now without any problems. Anyone got any idea where the problem could have came from? I'm thinking it was maybe due to my left side being dominant and taking most of the weight, and my clavicle being unable to handle it.

Thankfully it aint too painful during the day, although it is a nuisance trying to cook and wash. At night though is a diff matter, hurts like hell.

I'm definately not doing dips again, even though they worked wonders for my chest - but will I be safe doing DB bench once im healed?

Taking at least 8 weeks off from training is going to suck.
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    wiffers
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    RE: Injured doing dips - snapped my clavicle! 2006/05/05 20:19:28 (permalink)
    I've been having discomfort there whilst dipping (maximum = 150kgish inc bodyweight)

    It then hurts the next day when doing pull ups/downs

    Didn't know if it was bone, tendon or muscle ... was gonna post a question up

    Is this what you had?

    The clavical is the bone at the front above your chest, yes???

    Sorry to hear that mate - must have hurt like hell

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    RE: Injured doing dips - snapped my clavicle! 2006/05/05 20:23:12 (permalink)
    Ouch mate, that must've hurt!.

    Wiffers the clavical is that bone indeed, google image search and theres a few good pictures there.

    I felt similar to that while dipping. Got a rush of pain/sensation around the clavicle. Decided to stop with these, and i'll stick to DB incline for now

    Get well soon though, must be a bitch to have to stop training for that long
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    RE: Injured doing dips - snapped my clavicle! 2006/05/05 20:24:08 (permalink)
    Yeah mate your clavicle is your collar bone. I have always had a twinge in that area after coming off the dip station but had just dismissed it as a bit of muscular pain - should have listened to what my body was telling me!

    Strange thing was at the time it didn't hurt at all - I didn't even feel it snapping, just heard the crunch and then got some very strange looks, ha.
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    RE: Injured doing dips - snapped my clavicle! 2006/05/05 20:29:01 (permalink)
    Ive never been able to chest dips due to a sharp pain in the same area whenever I try. It only happens when I do dips for chest, dips for triceps are fine. Shame really as they are a good mass builder.
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    RE: Injured doing dips - snapped my clavicle! 2006/05/05 22:21:43 (permalink)
    mate last january I manged to dislocate my shoulder whilst doing incline dumbell flyes....on the way dowm my left shoulder just gave way ...kept me out of action for 14 weeks
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    RE: Injured doing dips - snapped my clavicle! 2006/05/05 22:29:45 (permalink)
    ORIGINAL: mekydro

    What weight and Rep range were you using at the time Distropia?




    8 reps with BW+20kg (~95kg). Pretty full range of motion - maybe what caused the problem.

    To be honest I'm more concerned with it happening again on a different exercise eg bench or overhead presses......for the people that have had injuries -have they healed to previous strengths?
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    RE: Injured doing dips - snapped my clavicle! 2006/05/05 22:43:11 (permalink)
    After I dislocated my shoulder I started back doing the rowing machine to get my mind set back as I was so scared about doing it again, 7 weeks of physio twice a week, I went back to the gym and started off very light until I felt comfortbably in my mind to add weight

    TBH most of the problem was in the mind... but to answer your question my shoulder is stronger now than it was before the injury. alot of this is because I took my time and gradually built my strength up

    Good luck mate
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    RE: Injured doing dips - snapped my clavicle! 2006/05/06 02:32:46 (permalink)
    Were you doing weighted dips or just your bodyweight?
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    RE: Injured doing dips - snapped my clavicle! 2006/05/06 02:58:57 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: caljerm

    Were you doing weighted dips or just your bodyweight?


    He was doing "8 reps with BW+20kg (~95kg)"

    Now I'm worried, getting a pain (could be completely independant though) ... but mainly on pull ups - and I dip 65kg + BW (total 150kg or more)

    I'm scared

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    RE: Injured doing dips - snapped my clavicle! 2006/05/06 12:08:50 (permalink)
    i recall sometimes getting pain in the area too! however, i think i adjusted my technique a little and it felt ok after, either leaning further/less forward or adjusting the hand spacing. either way it sorted it for me.

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    RE: Injured doing dips - snapped my clavicle! 2006/05/06 12:14:49 (permalink)
    whats the difference in form between tricep dips and chest dips-is it a case of wider bars or just leaning forward more for chest dips?
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    RE: Injured doing dips - snapped my clavicle! 2006/05/07 17:26:44 (permalink)
    to target chest i find flaring my elbows out and leaning slightly forward hits the chest hard where as remaining more upright and keeping your elbows tucked in more puts more emphasis on the triceps and shoulders and less on the chest (still hits the chest quite a bit though).
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    RE: Injured doing dips - snapped my clavicle! 2006/05/07 18:42:13 (permalink)
    You may well have damaged your collar bone before you actually broke. A slight fracture can pass off as muscle pain (happened to me) and significantly reduce the strength of the bone, so later on it can break a lot more easily. When your collar bone reheals it should be alot stronger as muscle mass increases.
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    RE: Injured doing dips - snapped my clavicle! 2006/05/07 18:57:33 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: shez

    You may well have damaged your collar bone before you actually broke. A slight fracture can pass off as muscle pain (happened to me) and significantly reduce the strength of the bone, so later on it can break a lot more easily. When your collar bone reheals it should be alot stronger as muscle mass increases.


    Interesting idea ...

    mine seems yo hurt mainly from wg pull ups and lat pull downs which I do the day after weighted dips - reckon they could be related?

    (Gonna ditch dips and bench this week to see what happens)

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    RE: Injured doing dips - snapped my clavicle! 2006/05/07 19:09:49 (permalink)
    Personally the only clue i got to having a damaged collar bone was a stitch type feeling just under the bone when playing rugby (very odd), the gp put it down pressure of arteries pressing against the bone or some nonsense. Fell on my shoulder awkwardly one match and snap, very surprising considering i had had far worse hits. I don't get any pain at all while dipping (50kg for 5 at 11st).
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    RE: Injured doing dips - snapped my clavicle! 2006/05/07 20:31:00 (permalink)
    Ouch, I also think it would be to do with form I.E. how far you lean forward, hand position and especially how deep you go. I definatly wouldnt want to have a snapped coller bone, sounds really nasty.

    ORIGINAL: bresone

    whats the difference in form between tricep dips and chest dips-is it a case of wider bars or just leaning forward more for chest dips?


    Tricep Dips is where your body is straight from the ground, closer grip handles. Chest dips are wider handles and lean forward slightly by looking down.
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    RE: Injured doing dips - snapped my clavicle! 2006/05/10 14:08:36 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: wiffers


    ORIGINAL: caljerm

    Were you doing weighted dips or just your bodyweight?


    He was doing "8 reps with BW+20kg (~95kg)"

    Now I'm worried, getting a pain (could be completely independant though) ... but mainly on pull ups - and I dip 65kg + BW (total 150kg or more)

    I'm scared


    blimey mate i shudder when i try to magine all that weight piled on a dipping belt. How many reps do you do?

    Be careful! I was dipping with a 15kg plate at one point but had to stop all chest/delt training due to sholder injuries. I'm bach dipping again with 5kg better than nothing i suppose

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