Abdominal Strains In Rock Climbers

Muscle strains result from a sudden contracture of lengthened muscle fibers that causes them to rupture. In regard to climbing, abdominal strength, flexibility, and neuromuscular coordination is critical. Impaired abdominal function may result in injury.

By |February 15th, 2021|Categories: Climbing SIG|0 Comments

Brachialis Tendinopathy in Climbers

You’re noticing improvements in your climbing, but you are starting to feel a bit broken down and are developing some mild pain in the front of your elbow that worsens after a long week of training and climbing. You even notice a bit of swelling in your elbow. What should you do?

By |January 15th, 2021|Categories: Climbing SIG|11 Comments

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in Climbers

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning there can be other causes of pain and numbness, such as cervical radiculopathy or other nerve entrapments, that may not be due to true TOS. Learn more about how to diagnose and treat the condition.

By |December 15th, 2020|Categories: Climbing SIG|6 Comments

Rock Climbing Finger Tenosynovitis

Tenosynovitis, or inflammation of the finger flexor tendon sheath (synovium), is a common overuse syndrome that climbers may experience. There are 2 musculotendinous units that could be involved, the flexor digitorum superficialis (FDS) and flexor digitorum profundus (FDP).

By |November 15th, 2020|Categories: Climbing SIG|2 Comments

Biceps Tendon Rupture in Climbers

Although biceps tendon ruptures rare among climbing athletes, this article provides both climbers and clinicians a guideline to identify the injury if it occurs. Additionally, it provides a guideline to help understand the course of conservative rehab following surgical intervention of a distal biceps tendon rupture.

By |June 1st, 2021|Categories: Climbing SIG|2 Comments

Achilles Tendonitis Rock Climbing

The Achilles tendon is the tendon from the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles. This tendon attaches directly to the heel of the foot. The tendon allows the gastroc-soleus complex to lift the heel off the ground, walk, and generate power during dynamic movements.

By |October 15th, 2020|Categories: Climbing SIG|2 Comments

Climbing-Specific Body Tension

Body tension from a functional perspective can be described as a balance of generated internal forces from several muscle groups working in unison to meet or exceed external resistance (like gravity). Climbing-specific body tension is both an outcome of functional skill and strength.

By |May 21st, 2020|Categories: Guest Post|0 Comments


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