Common causes of a broken collarbone include:

  • Falls. Falling onto your shoulder or onto your outstretched hand can result in a broken collarbone.
  • Sports injuries. A direct blow to your shoulder from an injury on the field, rink or court can cause a broken collarbone.
  • Vehicle trauma. A broken collarbone can be the result of a car, motorcycle or bike accident.
  • Birth injury. In newborns, a broken collarbone can occur during the birthing process.
Dec. 06, 2012