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Has injury prevented you from climbing harder? Whether you’re a professional athlete or a novice climber, “Climb Injury-Free” is the guide that will teach you how to climb stronger and pain-free. The book features the “Rock Rehab Pyramid.” A step-by-step rehabilitation and injury prevention system designed specifically for rock climbers. The goal of the four-phase system is to take you from the pain, inflammation and tissue overload stage to gain full mobility, strength and eventually pain-free climbing movement.


  • Prevent climbing injuries before they happen
  • Learn how to rehabilitate the most common climbing injuries
  • Discover the incorrect movement patterns that cause injury
  • Climb stronger without getting hurt


  • Injury advise from the top professional climbers
  • Over 450 high-resolution photos
  • Supported by the latest research
  • Step-by-step rehabilitation instructions for climbing injuries

The Climbing Doctor Story

I was hooked on climbing the second that I touched a rock wall. I loved the feeling of pulling hard on small crimpers and having hundreds of feet of air beneath me. I would spend long days climbing and training as hard as possible. I thought for sure my climbing would improve exponentially. But it didn’t. So I trained even harder. It was at this point that I started having injuries. I sprained my pulley ligament in my finger and injured my shoulder sidelining me from climbing for many months.

During this time, I was completing my Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy. Through my studies, I realized several problems with my training and learned the science behind my injuries. I developed new techniques supported by the latest research and created specific exercises that mirrored movements performed on the wall.

I compiled all of my knowledge to develop “The Climbing Doctor” as a resource that any climber can use to rehabilitate and prevent injury. Climbing and injury prevention are my passions and I am committed to combining the two.

Dr. Vagy’s Background


Dr. Vagy has over 10 years of climbing experience and has climbed all over the world. He is an accomplished rock climber, ice climber and alpinist.

Click here to view his climbing page where you can find information on his notable ascents and sponsors.


Dr. Vagy is an authority on climbing related injuries. He has published numerous articles on injury prevention and delivers lectures and seminars on the topic. He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from the University of Southern California, ranked the number one DPT Program in the nation for the last decade by US News and World Report. He is now a professor at the University in the DPT Program.  As a Doctor of Physical Therapy in clinical practice, he went on to complete a one year residency program in orthopedics and a one year fellowship program in movement science. He is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.