SportsDoc Update: Aaron Rodgers, 12/30/13
1280 The Zone - December 28th, 2013
Tags: Spence and Gordon, SportsDoc
"Is Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers still being held out with a fractured clavicle on his non-dominant arm. What's the deal with that? Most players are able to play 4-6 weeks after this injury which is the normal healing time. Are his Doctors just being ultraconservative or are there other issues with agents etc. calling the shots?"
Explanation - A broken collar bone or clavicle is a pretty common fracture in sports that involve contact. One of our more famous Sports radio commentators had one in High School. These breaks generally heal with no problems in about 4-6 weeks. Most athletes I cared for can be back playing their sport as long as their strength and range of motion are back to normal which can be as soon as 4 weeks, with the caveat that the fractured area is probably only about 80% of full strength, so it can work but not take a full blow. The risk is if it gets hit again a certain way, during the next two weeks it could be re-injured and just take a little longer to heal. If an athlete is at the end of a season, it's usually worth taking the chance and playing especially if it is an important position player and the chances are pretty low that it will be re-injured, and if it does, it's just a matter of more healing time. Rodgers is way past where it should be solidly healed and playable given it is his non-dominant arm, but many times agents or gutless doctors will want there to be absolutely no risk of re-injury, even when the athlete wants to and could play. It seems for this very important match-up with the Bears which has play-off ramifications, letting Rodgers play would be the reasonable choice. The disclaimer is that I have know other knowledge than what is in the paper and am basing my opinion on my treatment of these injuries for 30 years.