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.