Diagnostic Ultrasound: Climbing Finger Injuries – Level 2


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This level 2 continuing education course is for clinicians to gain confidence in assessing, diagnosing and treating rock climbing finger injuries with diagnostic ultrasound. You will again access to the level 1 online course that includes 3 hours of pre-recorded lectures, associated articles, and learning assessments. You will then meet for a 4 hour live session to problem solve rock climbing patient cases with realtime ultrasound demonstrations and will discuss your patient images with an certified ultrasound expert. It is recommended that you have access to an ultrasound unit before taking this course. This Registration is for the 2024 Cohort.


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  • If you do not have access to an ultrasound unit, it is recommended that you take the Diagnostic Ultrasound: Climbing Finger Injuries – Online Level 1 course instead. You can always enroll in the hybrid level 2 course once you have access to a device and are committed to learning
  • What is the difference between the Level 1 and Level 2 course? The level 1 course is fully online and provides all the necessary lectures, demonstrations, and learning assessments to gain an introductory understanding of using diagnostic ultrasound to assess finger injuries in rock climbers. The level 2 course includes the level 1 online content, a 4 hour remote live session via zoom where you will practice with your device, and have access to James Walker, the course instructor, for image interpretation as you learn to use diagnostic ultrasound.
  • If I take the level 1 course and want to take the level 2 after, how does that work? At the end of the level 1 course, you will be provided with a discount code equal to the cost of the level 1 course ($250) that can be used toward enrollment fees for the level 2 course.
Live Session Date (hosted remotely on zoom)
  • April 27th, 2025

Time (all times are Pacific Time)

  • Part 1: 8am – 10am PDT
  • Break: 10am-10:30am
  • Part 2: 10:30am – 12pm PDT

Course Certificate

  • Course completion certificate for 500 minutes (8.3 hrs) of course material


  • Lectures will be released to all course participants upon enrollment


  • Understand the precautions and contraindications related to the use of diagnostic ultrasound
  • Learn how to assess and diagnose finger injuries in rock climbers with diagnostic ultrasound
  • Utilize ultrasound diagnostics to aid in the management of musculoskeletal rock climbing finger injuries


  • Intermediate

Participant-to-Instructor Ratio

  • This course is capped at 10 participants to maintain to small group learning environment
  • Once 10 slots are filled, the course will be closed to additional enrollment


  • Extensive video library of step-by-step instructions for the set up and use of diagnostic ultrasound for finger injuries
  • 160 minutes of pre-recorded lectures on the use of ultrasound for finger injuries
  • 60 minutes of learning assessments reviewing diagnostic imaging and concepts
  • 1 zoom remote live sessions (4 hrs live) diagnosing climbing patient cases with ultrasound
  • Email access to James Walker for Q@A related to US imaging


  • Access to diagnostic ultrasound highly recommended to take the level 2 course as it will allow you to practice assessment techniques along with the videos and will facilitate your learning during the live hybrid live session. Recommended units and discount purchase codes can be provided to participants upon request.

Is there a discount for Physical Therapy Students?

  • Yes! In order to support the growth and develop of physical therapy students, we have created a coupon code for 20% any course. Email your student ID to info@theclimbingdoctor.com to receive a coupon code for 20% off of the course.

Continuing Education Content Access

  • Participants have unlimited con-ed course lecture video access for 3 years after enrollment
  • All continuing ed course PDFs are downloadable allowing lifetime access

Unit Topics

  • Unit 1: Introduction to Ultrasound
  • Unit 2: Practical Use
  • Unit 3: Specific Injuries
  • Unit 4: Clinical Application


  • James Walker, BSc Hons Physiotherapy, PGCert Medical Diagnostic Ultrasound: James is a Senior Physiotherapist at the Sheffield Climbing Clinic. He qualified from Sheffield Hallam University with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiotherapy in 2009. After qualifying, James quickly specialized in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and has worked in both the National Health Service and the private sector. He has a PGCert in Medical Diagnostic Ultrasound attained from the University of Derby. In his spare time James is a keen climber, climbing at the indoor walls in Sheffield as well as the Peak District on a regular basis. He has a specialist interest in treating climbing injuries and treats climbers on a daily basis at the clinic as well as consulting with climbers remotely all around the world. He attended the IFSC World Climbing Championships 2021 in Moscow and the IFSC European Climbing Championships in Munich 2022 as the GB Climbing team physiotherapist.


  • Jared Vagy, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist: Jared Vagy is a doctor of physical therapy with a focus on treating rock climbing injuries. In addition to his doctoral degree, he has completed a one-year residency in orthopedics and a one-year fellowship in movement science. He is the author of the Amazon #1 best-seller “Climb Injury-Free,” has published numerous articles on injury prevention and lectures on the topic internationally. Dr. Vagy is on the teaching faculty at the University of Southern California, one of the top doctor of physical therapy programs in the United States. He is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He is passionate about climbing and enjoys working with climbers of all ability levels, ranging from novice climbers to the top professional climbers in the world.

Sample Lecture Videos

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1 review for Diagnostic Ultrasound: Climbing Finger Injuries – Level 2

  1. Christopher Merchant (verified owner)

    This is an awesome course for anyone looking to take diagnosing and treating finger injuries to the next level. This course helps you elevate you clinical diagnosis to allow for better or more efficient management of your patients or athletes. While we treat the patient and not the image the additional information can be invaluable and a great educational tool for you to refine your clinical diagnosis, and for patient education.

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