Few things cause rock climbers more frustration than being sidelined due to some injury sustained while enjoying this challenging sport. Yet, as exasperating and painful as injuries are in this sport, tears, pulls and strains are all inevitable to a certain degree. They can never be completely avoided. The key to getting the most out of the sport is to make sure that recovery time never exceeds the time you spend climbing. Knowing the best methods for reducing the chance of sustaining injuries while climbing is the best way to ensure that your climb will be fulfilling and pain-free. Here are some tips to help reduce the risk of sustaining climbing injuries.
- Warm up and stretch: Beginners to rock climbing sometimes neglect to warm up before a climb. However, stretching not only ensures that your muscles are ready for the activity you are about to undertake, it can also help aid in recovery from some kinds of injury.
- Improve your balance: Proper balance is critical in nearly every sport but nowhere is truer than it is for rock climbing. Ways to increase balance include Yoga, standing on one leg for extended periods of time and plank push-ups.
- Don’t over train: Take time for your body to heal and rest after an injury in order to avoid making that injury worse.
- Support your tendons by taping up: Tendons are especially susceptible to injury while climbing. Use strips of tape on your fingers and for climbing use sticky tape that doesn’t stretch.
- Check your gear: Climbers should diligently check ropes, harnesses, helmets, etc. before each and every climb. Check your rope for fraying, your helmet for dents and your carabiners for signs of aging.
- Quit if you feel pain: The old saying ‘no pain; no gain’ does not apply to rock climbing (nor should it to any other sport). Pain is a sign that you may have injured yourself or that injury is imminent. If you feel pain while climbing then lower yourself immediately. Do not try to go on or continue by using an easier route.
Finally, injury is sometimes a part of rock climbing. However, people who excel in the sport and who gain the most enjoyment from it know that is as much about staying safe as it is about testing one’s limits. At Apex Ex we offer Denver rock climbing classes that stress safety above all else. We are who amateurs and professionals go to for rock climbing in Denver Colorado.