Injuries at the 2005 World Championships in Rock Climbing

Wilderness Environ Med. Fall 2006;17(3):187-90. doi: 10.1580/pr26-05.

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.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ankle Injuries / epidemiology
  • Ankle Injuries / etiology
  • Ankle Injuries / surgery
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Athletic Injuries / etiology
  • Athletic Injuries / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Knee Injuries / epidemiology
  • Knee Injuries / etiology
  • Male
  • Mountaineering / injuries*
  • Safety