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Wilderness Environ Med. 2006 Fall;17(3):187-90.

Injuries at the 2005 World Championships in Rock Climbing.

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Department of Trauma and Orthopedic Surgery, Klinikum Bamberg, Bamberg, Germany. Volker.schoeffl@t-online.de

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the injury risk associated with indoor rock climbing competition.

METHODS:

All injuries reported to medical personnel at the 2005 World Championships in Rock Climbing were recorded and analyzed.

RESULTS:

Four hundred forty-three climbers (273 men, 170 women) from 55 countries participated in 3 separate disciplines totaling 520 climbing days. Only 4 of 18 acute medical problems that were treated were significant injuries, resulting in an injury rate of 3.1 per 1000 hours.

CONCLUSIONS:

Indoor rock climbing competition has a low injury risk and a very good safety profile.

PMID:
17078315
DOI:
10.1580/pr26-05
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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