What is the basis for return to play decisions in contact sports following clavicle fracture?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Benjamin P Kleinhenz, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Return to contact sports takes much longer because the risk of refracture is high. The return to play should be delayed until the fracture union is solid, which can take from 2-6 months from the time of the injury or 4-6 weeks after clinical and radiographic union. A donut pad or fiberglass shoulder shell may be used for extra protection.


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