The purpose of this study was to describe the prevalence, incidence and risk factors for climbing-related injuries of the upper extremities in recreational climbers. A total of 426 recreational climbers were recruited from indoor climbing halls. The baseline questionnaire included questions on potential risk factors for climbing injuries: personal factors, climbing-related factors and upper extremity injuries that had occurred in the previous 12 months. Follow-up questionnaires collected information on new injuries that occurred during the follow-up period. The incidence of climbing-related injuries during one-year follow-up was 42.4% with 13 injuries per 1000h of climbing. The finger was the most frequently affected injury location (36.0%). The following risk factors were associated with the occurrence of upper extremity injuries: higher age (OR 1.03, 95%CI 1.01;1.05), performing a cooling-down (OR 2.02, 95%CI 1.28;3.18), climbing with campus board (OR 2.48, 95%CI 1.23;5.02), finger strength middle finger (OR 1.12, 95%CI 1.05;1.18) and previous injuries (OR 3.05, 95%CI 2.01;4.83). Climbing injuries of the upper body extremities are very common among recreational climbers in indoor halls and several risk factors can be identified that are related to a higher injury risk.

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Keywords climbing, injury, prospective, risk factor
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Journal International Journal of Sports Medicine
van Middelkoop, M, Bruens, M.L, Coert, J.H, Selles, R.W, Verhagen, E.A.L.M, Bierma-Zeinstra, S.M, & Koes, B.W. (2015). Incidence and Risk Factors for Upper Extremity Climbing Injuries in Indoor Climbers. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 36(10), 837–842. doi:10.1055/s-0035-1547224