Climb Injury-Free


(18 customer reviews)

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.

Language: ‎English
Paperback: ‎252 pages
ISBN-10: ‎0692831894
ISBN-13: ‎978-0692831892
Item Weight: ‎1 pound

SKU: KI-THTS-MNXJ 2 Categories: ,


“An amazing resource for rehabilitating climbing injury. Practical and easy to use. A must have book.”
-Sasha DiGiulian, World Champion Climber

“A go-to resource for any climber who is serious about preventing injury and improving their longevity. In-depth, informative and well researched. It’s already helped me.”
-Jonathan Siegrist, 5.15b Professional Climber

What topics are covered in the book

The book includes climbing specific injury prevention and rehabilitation protocols for the neck, shoulders, biceps, triceps, elbows, wrists and fingers. In addition, it covers topics such as proper warm-up routines, daily prevention exercises, core strength programs, mindful movement patterns, mind/body balance, nerve glides and more.

Should I buy the “Rock Rehab” videos with the book?

If you are a visual learner, the videos can be a helpful supplement to the book. The videos demonstrate the same exercise protocols in the book, but take you through each in greater detail. The “Rock Rehab” videos also have additional dirtbag tips and technique recommendations that are not available in the book. The “Rock Rehab” videos are a separate product but can be purchased at a $10 discount with the book by entering “combo” at checkout when both items are in your cart.

Click here to view the “Rock Rehab” video product page.

Shipping times:

Shipping arrival time throughout the United States and Europe is currently 3-7 business days from order purchase. International orders outside of Europe deliver in 18-32 business days.

Climb Injury-Free can currently ship anywhere in the world except Israel, and Hong Kong, Switzerland, or Canada. If you live in one of those countries and would like to purchase the book, please reach out to

What is the return policy?

There is a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee. If you are not satisfied with this product for any reason, email with your order number to process a refund.

If I purchased the book on Amazon or at a retail location, can I still receive $10 off the Rock Rehab Videos?

Yes, just email your purchase order or receipt along with your request to and you will be issued a single use coupon to receive the Rock Rehab Videos at the discounted price.


Editorial Reviews

“A deep, thorough and necessary guide. Combining text, photos and illustrations, it highlights science and anatomy backed methods for climbing safely and strengthening the body against common injuries.”
– Climbing Magazine 

“An impressive book – very organized, descriptive, practical, and remarkably well designed and illustrated. I certainly recommend it.”
– Eric Hörst, international best-selling author and founder of Training for Climbing

“Climb Injury Free is an incredible resource that belongs on every serious climber’s shelf. Jared Vagy is world renowned for his understanding of climbing injuries and this guide unveils his most effective preventative and rehabilitative treatments for avoiding and fixing those nagging issues that always arise and the more serious ones we hope to avoid. Read this book and climb worry-free!”
–  Mike Anderson, author of The Rock Climber’s Training Manual and developer of The Rock Prodigy Training Method

“As a coach of young and developing competition climbers, it is important for me to include an injury prevention program in the yearly training plan. I am continuously referring to Climb Injury-Free for exercises and ideas on how to keep the athletes I work with on the wall instead of on the physio’s table.”
– Chris Neve, Canada Youth Climbing National Team Head Coach 

“Jared Vagy is a master of injury prevention and assessment in climbers. Climb Injury-Free is a simple and clear tool to help climbers assess and address injuries on their own.”
– Steve Bechtel, author of Logical Progression and founder of Climb Strong

18 reviews for Climb Injury-Free

  1. kevin.allen

    I was constantly injured for my first 10 years of climbing. Since I discovered and started to use Dr. Jared Vagy’s warm up and injury prevention exercises I have been injury free. My climbing level has went up by a full number grade, and I feel stronger than ever. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking to improve their health and climb stronger.

  2. Jeff Morrison

    A comprehensive overview of common and some less common climbing injuries with specific strategies for how to rehab them. I think the best thing about the book is the rehab “pyramid” – but you have to actually follow it. I’m dealing with a pernicious finger injury, and I followed advice from a podcast, and was too aggressive, and prolonged my recovery time. When he says step 1 is dealing with pain, and step 2 is mobility, you really have to actually do it. I didn’t, and things got worse; then I did, and things are getting better. Climbers don’t like steps 1 and 2 and want to skip to step 3. Don’t do it.

    The other thing is, though the book is super useful for all kinds of common problems, Dr. Vagy *in this very book* (and the other climbing PT’s like Esther Smith) tell you to go get checked by a doc or specialist, which you should definitely do. The book doesn’t cover every possibile injury, and there are lots of subtleties to climbing injuries, especially in the fingers and shoulders, that an expert needs to help you sort out. That said, this book helps you take control of your own recovery by giving you very detailed info you can bring into discussions with a health care practitioner, and gives you proven and effective exercises to supplement what a PT unfamiliar with climbing might give you. It’s a knowledge is power kind of thing, which is great.

    I also really appreciated the breakdown of different kinds of tape for different purposes, and all the various taping techniques. It was very clear and logical, much more so than any other climbing resource on taping that I’ve ever seen.

    I think the book is best used in concert with Dr. Vagy’s many podcast appearances on Training Beta and the Power Company Podcast and blog posts on his own website. These interviews and articles give a lot of useful flavor and context to the info in the book. I can’t speak to the videos, but I imagine they could be very useful.

    Finally, my specific finger injury was not covered in the book. I contacted Dr. Vagy and I actually heard back from him with some recommendations and a promise that info about that injury would be forthcoming. So great! The author is involved, responsive, continues to innovate, and really cares about his subject – and also his subjectS – which is to say, us.

  3. Remy Franklin (verified owner)

    Whether you’re injured or being smart about prevention, this is a great resource that every climber should have. Jared is one of the most knowledgeable climbing injury specialists out there and this book is a synthesis of the must-know rehab/prevention exercises for the most common injuries. It’s well organized and very clear. A great intro to common climbing injuries or a useful synthesis for those who already know a lot. [Remy Franklin – 5.14 climber of 10 yrs]

  4. Giorgos Aliferis (verified owner)

    I believe this is an absolute-must-have handbook for every climber who wants learn how to treat and avoid climbing injuries. I have been an avid multi-discipline rock climber for 24 years and a certified rock climbing instructor for 15 years. For the last 3 years I have been working at an indoor bouldering wall and quite often I come across the all-too-common ignorant climber with sore shoulder, elbow or finger. Unfortunately “ignorant” does not translate to “beginner”.
    Dr. Vagy’s book deals exactly with this subject. How to treat and most importantlty AVOID the injuries that literally plague our sport. First of all, it is quite specific and “to the point”. Apart from that, the Rock-Rehab pyramid section is really well-put and applied on every injury, However, what stands out is Chapter 2, which presents a highly-customizeable method for injury prevention that everybody can tailor to their needs. I also higly recommend purchasing the videos with the book. The two complement each other.
    All in all, Dr. Vagy’s “Climb Injury-Free” is a go-to resource for both the amateur who actually cares for his/her longevity as a climber and the professional. The doctor, himself, is responsive and really polite. There was a serious delay with the delivery of the copy I had ordered. When I informed him about the incident, he immediately expedited another one. From all point of view, 5/5 stars!

  5. Joshua Waldrep

    One of the best investments I ever made. I luckily purchased the book in the 2nd year of my climbing.

  6. Matt Desenberg

    Overall, the book is terrific. Well-written, concise when needed but also detailed. The volume is broken down into easy-to-navigate sections that are injury/ailment specific and information is presented in the prescribed treatment order. One of the best features is that each exercise, stretch, etc. has a “What it Does” section where it clearly outlines exactly what you are treating, how and why. A central theme of the book is also the importance of movement and technique as not only the method to achieve the best results as a climber, but also it’s importance of staying healthy. One of the best parts of the overall resource are the videos available on Dr. Vagy’s website and the ability to reach out to him for possible clarification.

    The one improvement I would say would be that some of the seemingly more complicated injuries/body parts are given equal space to the more minor ones. While not to belittle the many possible injuries and impingements that can occur, I would have liked to have seen more information, depth, and resources concerning the shoulder versus something like the neck. I recently had surgery to repair my labrum, a relatively common climbing injury, and this aspect of the shoulder isn’t specifically addressed. The book does, however, give detailed information on shoulder impingement and rotator cuff issues, both of which can be related to labrum issues.

  7. Josh Chang

    It took getting injured for me to look into rehab and proper techniques to prevent further injury. The techniques in this book make sense, and seem to be working thus far. Buy it, read it, practice it, and don’t get injured. Happy sending!

  8. Olaf Panozzo

    Great work! This book is really thorough in explaining simple-yet-effective self-treating protocols for the most common climbing injuries. It helps you to self-diagnose the problem, and then take you on a step by step approach to all the stages of rehabilitation. A plus is the fact that it gives you all the dirtbag substitutes to the main rehab tools you may need.
    Definitely worth the money.

  9. Fabian (verified owner)

    I am very grateful I found this masterpiece of a book. It really helped me to recover from my issues with my fingers hurting and getting injured at least one time a year. I managed to integrate the daily antagonist routine into my regular morning routine. All the exercises are well-explained, togethter with the pictures and videos it fits the need of every level of climbing experience. The newsletter and additional exercides are a very nice bonus :)
    Would totally buy it again and also recommended it to my friends
    Greetings from Germany

  10. Frank Lee

    “Climbing Injury-Free” by Dr, Jared Vagy was a game changer for me.

    My shoulder injuries occurred while I was indoor climbing. After taking 4 weeks off from all exercise except for walking, my shoulder pain and limited range of motion were still there. I researched on the internet till I found and purchased Dr. Vagy’s book and videos. The book allowed me to self-diagnose the problem, shoulder impingement. I followed the stretches outlined for this injury and progressed to doing the strengthening exercises listed for this particular injury. I am now pain-free and have my range in motion back.

    The book not only helps to diagnose the different climbing injuries and how to rehabilitate them but also offers a chapter on Injury Prevention to help prevent their reoccurrence.

  11. Francesco Sonni

    The book Climb Injury-free is a great and very helpful work by Dr Vagy that every climber should read! It’s very clear and simple to read, with many illustrations and clear explanations of exercises. With few euros more, you can see the correct tecnique with many videos of the exercises.
    I’m a PT and climbing coach, and in my experience this work is a very important complementary tool for me, that support me continuosly during the climbing teaching and PT activity, as well as during my personal climbing injuries. I’ve experimented that the directions and guide lines of the book work very well in treatment and prevention of climbing injuries.