Getting a Grip on Rock Climbing Injuries: Hand Therapists as Experts?

Date/Time: Fri, October 2, 2020 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM


Indoor rock climbing is now a part of the Olympics and with this attention it is inevitable it will only further increase in popularity. This increase in participation of novice climbers and more intensive training amongst the elite will likely bring an influx of injuries to the hand and upper extremity. As experts of the hand, we should know what to do for this population; however, climbers are hesitant to seek out medical advice and would prefer to go to a fellow climber for advice as they have heard “just stop climbing” too many times. This course will provide a review of the sport and current research, the incidence of injury and how to best evaluate these injuries in both the adult and adolescent. It will present treatment techniques which have been found to be most effective, and a proposed algorithm to safely return athletes back to sport.


  • Understand the prevalence of climbing related hand injuries.

  • Demonstrate evaluation techniques to specifically identify the rock climber’s injury.

  • Acquire skills to collaborate with the climber on a long term treatment plan for safe return to sport.