The A-C joint is situated at the far end of the collarbone or clavicle near the shoulder. This is a very common injury amongst contact or throwing sports. It may be injured by either a direct blow eg. a fall onto the point of the shoulder or by a fall onto an outstretched arm. Once settled the pain is usually localised to the area of the joint and noticeably on raising the arm. The severity of this injury may be graded in three levels.
Injury prevention may involve wearing protective padding or strapping. Maintaining suitable warm-ups and cool downs. A graduated build up in training intensity allowing for recovery time. Remaining well hydrated and always following the advice of your health professional.