Climbing Injuries 

Discover how physiotherapy can be a game-changer for climbers facing common injuries. 
From tendon strains to shoulder impingement, climbing enthusiasts often encounter a range of physical challenges.  
Our specialised physiotherapy services offer tailored solutions to alleviate pain, enhance strength, and prevent future injuries. 
With a focus on targeted exercises, manual therapy, and education, our team empowers climbers to overcome limitations and reach new heights safely. 
Whether you're a seasoned pro or a novice adventurer, our expert guidance ensures you can tackle the crag with confidence. 
Say goodbye to setbacks and hello to peak performance with our comprehensive physiotherapy approach. 
Top 5 Most Common Injuries in Climbers: Are You at Risk? 
Finger Tendon Pulley Injury: Gripping tight can strain tendons, leading to pulley injuries — a frequent hurdle for climbers. 
Shoulder muscle compression: Overhead reaching strains shoulder muscles and tendons, causing impingement and discomfort. 
Elbow Tendonitis: Repetitive movements can inflame elbow tendons, resulting in painful tendonitis. 
Forearm Tendon Strain: Overuse or sudden movements can strain flexor tendons, causing discomfort and limiting grip strength. 
Ankle Sprains: Uneven terrain and awkward landings increase the likelihood of ankle sprains among climbers. 

Here are five effective exercises for climbers to help prevent injuries 

Fingerboard Hangs: Strengthen finger tendons and grip strength by hanging from a fingerboard for timed intervals, gradually increasing difficulty. 
Shoulder Stabilisation Exercises: Incorporate exercises like shoulder external rotations and scapular retractions to enhance shoulder stability and reduce the risk of impingement. 
Core Strengthening: Engage in exercises such as planks, Russian twists, and leg raises to develop core strength, crucial for maintaining stability and balance during climbs. 
Muscle Strengthening Training: Even out muscle imbalances by incorporating exercises targeting specific muscles, such as wrist extensors and forearm pronators, to prevent overuse injuries. 
Hip Mobility and Strengthening: Perform exercises like hip flexor stretches, hip circles, and lateral leg raises to improve hip mobility and strengthen the muscles around the hips, aiding in body positioning and reducing strain on the upper body. 
By incorporating these exercises into a comprehensive training programme, climbers can enhance their physical preparedness, reduce the risk of injuries, and optimise their performance when climbing. 
Click on the link to a simple exercise programme you can do to help improve your climbing. 

How we work 

At Breakspeare clinics, our team of experienced physiotherapists, Osteopaths and Sports Massage therapists specialise in treating climbing-related injuries. 
With a holistic approach that combines hands-on techniques with evidence-based practices, we strive to help climbers of all levels achieve their performance goals and stay injury-free. 
Contact us today by calling 01993 830913, email: or go online and book an appointment via our website Book An Appointment Online | Breakspeare Clinic | Chipping Norton today to learn more about how our treatments can benefit you and keep you at the top of your game. 
We offer a full range of therapy services at Breakspeare Clinic I Chipping Norton 
We offer physiotherapy services at all our Breakspeare Clinics | Chipping Norton | Cheltenham | Didcot. 
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