What happens is that the ligaments that connect the collarbone to the shoulder blade are torn, partially torn or stretched.
Injury to the shoulder is a sudden hard blow from, for example, diving for a ball or falling on the shoulder in gymnastics.
There is pain over the injury and also along the outer edge of the collarbone. You can see slight distortion along the collarbone.
Immediately after injury immobilize the arm, supporting it in a sling close to the body. Apply ice to the injured area to relieve pain and reduce swelling, Place a thin towel between ice and skin to prevent ice burn.
Don't be tempted to return to your sport too early and avoid any painful movements.
Make sure that you are fully fit and that your shoulder has full strength and flexibility before resuming your sport. Always warm up before you play as this brings blood and oxygen to the working parts and lubricates the joints. Stretch your muscles also and make this part of your sport as this will help reduce the risk of further injury, as once you have had an injury the risk of further injury is higher. It is a small price to pay to reduce further injury.
Always consult your Doctor before performing any exercise or treatment. All information on the common sports injuries web site is provided as general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment of any sports injury.