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Br J Sports Med. 2004 Jun;38(3):355-9.

Physiology of sport rock climbing.

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  • University of British Columbia, School of Human Kinetics, Vancouver, Canada. bill.sheel@ubc.ca

Abstract

Rock climbing has increased in popularity as both a recreational physical activity and a competitive sport. Climbing is physiologically unique in requiring sustained and intermittent isometric forearm muscle contractions for upward propulsion. The determinants of climbing performance are not clear but may be attributed to trainable variables rather than specific anthropometric characteristics.

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15155446
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PMC1724814
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