What is your sport: Competitive Climbing

Competitive climbing is frequently performed indoors on a constructed climbing wall. However, there are various categories of competitive climbing. The main 3 include leading, speed, and bouldering. The International Federation of Sport Climbing, IFSC, is in charge of many commonly used regulations and organizes various international competitions in regards to the different climbing categories. Interestingly, sport climbing is set to enter the Olympics for the first time in 2020.  

As for the categories of competitive climbing, leading involves climbing the wall within a set duration. In speed competitions, the person who climbs the set climbing route the fastest wins. In bouldering, winning depends on the number of climbing problems a competitor was able to overcome, without the use of a rope.  

Main Muscles Used in Competitive Climbing

Latissimus Dorsi, Biceps Brachii, the Forearm Flexors, Gastrocnemius, and the Soleus muscle. 

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Common Muscle Injuries from Competitive Climbing

The most common competitive climbing injuries include: 

  • Rotator Cuff Injuries: Tendonitis in the rotator cuff muscles and shoulder impingement are common injuries due to the repetitive reaching movements involved in this sport. 
  • Elbow Tendonitis (Golfer’s Elbow or Tennis Elbow): Similar to shoulder injuries, elbow injuries often arise from the strain placed on this joint, as well as the repetitive use. 
  • Meniscus Tears: This frequently happens via a common footwork technique known as drop knee. 
  • Finger Injuries: The force on the tendon and ligaments in the finger may cause pain and injuries to arise in these joints. 

How Can You Alleviate Your Competitive Climbing Injuries?

Stretching before and after training or competition may help reduce injuries by improving range of motion and flexibility. It’s often recommended to perform dynamic stretches before a workout and static stretches after a workout. Further, cross-training, such as strength training, can help prepare the body by increasing muscle mass and supporting the commonly injured joints in competitive climbing.  

If an injury does occur, rest is critical since many of the injuries involved in competitive climbing are due to overuse. Combining this rest period with ice or heat applications may also aid in a smooth and quick recovery.  

Massage therapy can help you bounce back after injury. At Athlete’s Choice Massage, our therapists have experience dealing with a variety of musculoskeletal issues and conditions. Massage is further a great post-workout or post-training recovery tool that can help you take your sport to the next level. Book your next appointment online with Athlete’s Choice Massage today. Improve your recovery and performance through massage therapy.  

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