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Citation

Schöffl V, Lutter C, Woollings K, Schöffl I. Res. Sports Med. 2018; 26(Suppl 1): 91-113.

Affiliation

Department of Pediatrics , Klinikum Bamberg , Germany.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2018, Informa - Taylor and Francis Group)

DOI

10.1080/15438627.2018.1438278

PMID

30431364

Abstract

Rock climbing is a fast-growing sport performed by athletes in all age groups, especially youths. While epidemiological data are available for injuries in adults, these data are lacking for young climbers. The current literature shows it being a comparably safe activity, mostly in indoor and sport climbing. Age related self-responsibility is necessary under guided supervision by an adult. Injuries are mostly related to a fall (e.g. alpine environment) or overstrain. Epiphyseal stress fractures of the fingers are a major concern, especially during the pubertal growth spurt. A critical evaluation of finger pain in young climbers as well as a neglect of certain training exercises is crucial. Suggestions for injury prevention and further research are provided.


Language: en

Keywords

Rock climbing; climbing injuries; epiphyseal stress fractures; finger injuries; growth spurt

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