While most people associate rock climbing injuries with traumatic events like falling or slipping, around 20% to 25% of rock climbing injuries are actually the result of the cumulative stress rock climbing causes to the body. For example, a rock climbers hands can be the only tools used during the ascent. The body weight of the climber places a great deal of stress on not only the climber’s.
Dan Mirsky’s story was similar to dozens of others: he hurt his finger climbing and what he expected to be a short-term injury turned into a chronic one that he couldn’t seem to shake. After injuring his finger while bouldering in Hueco Tanks, he tried taping, resting, and other therapies in an attempt to return to pain-free climbing, but never found any lasting improvement. He was.
Climber’s finger (a strain or tear of the tendons and ligaments that mobilize the finger joints); Carpal tunnel syndrome;. Ankle sprain and fracture (mostly due to a fall). Injury Prevention Strategies. Here are some areas to specifically focus on when preparing for rock climbing of any kind. This preparation allows climbers to move quickly through an extreme range of motion or hold a.
Quick Primer on Climber's Finger. Climbers have a tendency to injure the A2 and A4 pulleys in their fingers, most commonly in the ring finger, but the injury can also occur in the middle, index or small fingers. It doesn’t happen in the thumb. The pulleys hold the flexor tendons close to the bones, (MC: metacarpal; PP: proximal phalanx; MP: middle phalanx; DP: distal phalanx), like guides on.
As a climber who has experienced a few wrist and hand injuries, I was very interested in whether there were any specific characteristics of the wrist or hand that could predict injuries in rock climbers. I spoke with my climbing friends, fellow physical therapists at UIC, and a few climbing specific physical therapists across the country to identify characteristics that would be interesting to.
If you climb a lot at your local indoor gym, avoid routes with small finger holds and you will avoid finger injuries. It’s easy to tweak a tendon or muscle when you’re climbing in a gym because most gym walls are either vertical or overhanging so most of your body weight is on your hands and arms. Some route setters in gyms equate difficult routes with small holds, thinking “Okay, I’m.
If they don’t function properly, climbers could suffer from finger injuries or even a fall. Climbers train their fingers and protect them with specifically designed accessories. Even so, finger injuries are common. Although they’re preventable, it’s reasonable to suspect that every climber will suffer an injury of the fingers at least once.
Nina has been a dedicated rock climber since 2000, and has treated, climbed and worked with some of Britain's elite rock climbers, such as, Hazel Findlay, Ben West, Neil Gresham, Tim Emmett, Charlie Woodburn and Chris Savage. Nina writes articles in CLIMB magazine, as well as, teaches an Injury Prevention Module on Neil Gresham's Masterclass Coaching Course. Nina is also a lead clinician for.