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Holland Fractures Collarbone...Again

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Holland's injury is not as serious as this
In a repeat of last season Jamere Holland once again fractured his collarbone and as a result he will miss the rest of spring practice. While the injury is in a different place than last years injury it is not as serious as it is more of a hairline crack than that of a full break, the fracture needs to be immobilized so it can heal properly.

This injury can be a real pain in the ass if it doesn't heal right and surgery on clavicle (collarbone) fractures is rare but the results are very good. Surgery will not be needed in Holland's case. Wolf initially reported it yesterday on his blog and it was confirmed last night

Holland, who is also on the track team is expected to fully participate with the track team once this injury heals. This is a disappointment as Holland was having a great spring practice but he will be healed in time for the fall. I look for Holland to an immediate impact with his presence on the football team in the fall.

For more detailed info on this injury this is from the AAOS Website:

A broken collarbone (fractured clavicle) is a common injury among two very different groups of people: children and athletes. Many babies are born with collarbones that broke during the passage down the birth canal. A child's collarbone can easily crack from a direct blow or fall because the collarbone doesn't completely harden until a person is about 20 years old. An athlete who falls may break the collarbone because the force of the fall is transmitted from the elbow and shoulder to the collarbone.

The collarbone is considered part of the shoulder and helps connect the arm to the body. It lies above several important nerves and blood vessels. However, these vital structures are rarely injured when the collarbone breaks. The collarbone is a long bone, and most breaks occur in the middle section.

Signs of a break

    * Sagging shoulder (down and forward).

    * Inability to lift the arm because of pain.

    * A grinding sensation if an attempt is made to raise the arm.

    * A deformity or "bump" over the fracture site.

    * Although a fragment of bone rarely breaks through the skin, it may push the skin into a "tent" formation.

Diagnosis

Although a broken collarbone is usually obvious, your orthopaedist will do a careful examination to make sure that no nerves or blood vessels were damaged. An X-ray is often recommended to pinpoint the location and severity of the break.

Treatment

Most broken collarbones heal well with conservative treatment and surgery is rarely necessary.