Diagnostic Ultrasound for Climbing Finger Injuries


This introductory level 1 course is for any clinician looking to learn how to assess, diagnose and treat rock climbing finger injuries with diagnostic ultrasound. The material is highly interactive with an emphasis on case based learning and practical application. You will access and view 3 hours of pre-recorded lectures, read associated articles, and then meet for a 4 hour live session to problem solve rock climbing patient cases with live ultrasound demonstrations. Whether you are a seasoned clinician with years of ultrasound experience or a newer to ultrasound diagnostics – at the conclusion of the course series, you will have a greater understanding of how to use ultrasound to diagnose injuries in a climber’s finger.



2022 Live Session Date (hosted remotely on zoom)
  • Oct 16th, 2022

Time (all times are Pacific Time)

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

Contact Hours

  • 7 contact hours of content


  • Lectures will be released to all course participants one month prior to the live session


  • 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


  • Beginner to Advanced

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
  • 4 units of pre-recorded lectures (4 hours remote) on the use of ultrasound for finger injuries
  • 1 zoom remote live sessions (4 hrs live) diagnosing climbing patient cases with ultrasound


  • Access to diagnostic ultrasound is not necessary to take the level 1 course. However, access to a device will allow you to practice assessment techniques along with the videos and will facilitate your learning during the live session. Recommended units and discount purchase codes can be provided to participants upon request.

Content Access

  • Participants have unlimited course lecture video access for 11 months after enrollment
  • All 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.


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