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Climbing-Specific Body Tension

Climbing-Specific Body Tension: A Systematic Approach for Assessment & Progression Kevin Cowell, PT, DPT, OCS The crux move is steep, you’re toeing in on a small foot chip, and holding your breath as you go for the next hold. You stick the pinch move and use every ounce of effort to maintain body tension on the wall but gravity wins. Rest, re-assess, and try [...]

By |May 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Are Adolescent Climbers Aware of the Most Common Youth Climbing Injury and Safe Training Practices: A Summary

Are Adolescent Climbers Aware of the Most Common Youth Climbing Injury and Safe Training Practices: A Summary Kids are not just small adults. Their bodies differ in anatomy, psychology, and skeletal maturity. Due to these differences, it is essential to understand youth athletes’ perceptions on injury and safe training practices in order to reduce the incidence of injuries. Little research has examined youth athletes’ [...]

By |April 8th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Thumb-Sided Wrist Pain in Climbers: A Case for De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

Thumb-Sided Wrist Pain in Climbers: A Case for De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis Jennifer Sauers, PT, DPT Finally, a sunny day is in the forecast with pristine conditions. You make the trek out to work your bouldering project: the one involving a lot of funky pinch grips and thumb catches. After attempting this problem for several weeks, you link together the crux and come out on top! [...]

By |March 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Balance and Stability for Climbers

Balance and Stability for Climbers Most climbers would agree that improving their footwork is necessary to send more. The moment your feet leave the wall generally indicates you are either: dyno-ing, your feet have cut and your climb has now turned into a campus, or you are falling. In regards to your feet, you usually fall due to a loss of balance; be it [...]

By |February 17th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Fall From Grace

Fall From Grace You’re up in the mountains, climbing mixed alpine routes and having a day. The kind of day that feels like nothing could go wrong. You are climbing with a new climbing partner, who mostly is a gym rat, yet strong and you’ve been able to share some knowledge of outdoor climbing. It's just after lunch and you decide to run up this [...]

By |January 9th, 2020|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Three Common Errors Made by New Climbers

Three Common Errors Made by New Climbers By: Joe Derian, PT, DPT, OCS Rock climbing is a sport that requires precise technique. Being able to stay on the wall and not “barn-door” or fall off may be due to shifting your hips just a little bit to the right or swinging one foot out to the side for a flag. These are relatively small [...]

By |December 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments