Adrian Clayborn, the New England Patriot’s Defensive End, suffers from Erb’s Palsy, a brachial plexus injury he sustained at birth. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves near the shoulder, and an injury to it can cause weakness, loss of feeling and motion. Adrian strives to bring bring awareness to Erb’s Palsy and brachial plexus injuries. [read entire article]
Adrian Clayborn shining a light on brachial plexus injury
by Angelique Fiske | Patriots.com
With My Cause, My Cleats, Adrian Clayborn is hoping to let kids who are just like him know that they are not alone.
Adrian suffers from Erb’s Palsy, a brachial plexus injury he sustained at birth. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves near the shoulder, and an injury to it can cause weakness, loss of feeling and motion.
Though Adrian has “managed to deal with it,” he went through physical therapy growing up to deal with the weakness in his right arm.
“The doctor pulled me out by neck causing nerve damage in my neck down to my arm,” Adrian said. “I just want to bring awareness to it and bring awareness to kids and parents out there that think they’re alone, that don’t know that there’s groups out there.”
For years, Adrian believed his to be a rare experience. As it turns out, about “one or two babies per thousand births have a brachial nerve injury,” according to BrainandSpinalCord.org. It is more common than he knew and wants others to know there is a community out there for them.
“[I want] to bring awareness to it and let people know that they are not alone. I explained it before, but up to about five or six years ago, I thought it was a rare thing, but there are a lot of kids out there dealing with it and parents that don’t know how to deal with it emotionally,” he said.