Hi, I'm new to this forum though I've been a fan of Mr. Ellis' stuff for quite a while.
My son is a 13 year old pitcher who, just a few days ago, broke his collar bone while riding his bike on dirt jumps and falling head-first onto the handlebars. (Despite this he's actually a smart kid, take my word for it!)
We've seen an orthopedist who said the bone didn't snap, it basically bent. He recommended that my son wait at least 8 weeks before he even picks up a baseball. He said that even if it doesn't hurt, the bone might not be strong enough to handle the pitching motion.
My question is this: is this really true even if he gets to a point where he can make a throwing motion without pain? I've always been taught that an absence of pain means the body is usually good-to-go. But I'm not an orthopedist, though.....
My son is already chomping at the bit and cannot wait to throw a baseball as soon as he can. He's extremely depressed over the 8 week suggestion by the doctor. He's trying to reason with me, in true 13-year-old fashion, that the doctor must be wrong and that he should be able to throw when it doesn't hurt any more.
So far he's able to move his arm fairly well, even above his head -- if he moves fairly slow. The only thing he can't do right now is hold his arm out in front on him -- it "scrunches" the collar bone a little too much. But this seems like a pretty good sign since it's not even been a week since he fell.
I want to make sure the doctor's not just being a little too conservative, that he's got a legitimate reason to say 8 weeks without picking up a baseball. I thought maybe a few other opinions would be nice to have.