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September 18, 2021

Climbing Medicine: Evaluation & Treatment of the Climbing Athlete

Climbing Medicine: Evaluation & Treatment of the Climbing Athlete

This 1-Day, 8-hour evidence-based comprehensive course was created to provide a thorough education on climbing injuries & the associated pathophysiology, as well as prepare the clinician to treat climbing athletes with confidence.   Date: September 18, 2021
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Climbing Medicine: Evaluation & Treatment of the Climbing Athlete

This 1-Day, 8-hour evidence-based comprehensive course was created to provide a thorough education on climbing injuries & the associated pathophysiology, as well as prepare the clinician to treat climbing athletes with confidence.  

This Course is an in-person didactic and lab course that teaches the skills and knowledge necessary for comprehensive evaluation and treatment of climbing athletes who have musculoskeletal dysfunction. A primary emphasis is given to the upper extremity (UE). You will learn how to accurately assess and treat using differential diagnosis and movement system impairment (MSI) strategies to benefit acute and chronic injuries. You will gain an understanding of current research on return to sport guidelines for UE athletes, including climbing athletes.  You will gain knowledge of injury risk profiles, interval sport programming, and how to adapt the common climbing training paradigms for specific injuries.  

Labs will cover assessment skills, treatment methods, and rehabilitation progression with in-person feedback.  Grip strength assessment using a crane scale and hang boards will be covered as part of return to sport assessment and therapeutic applications. You will also gain an understanding of how to incorporate other modalities, such as blood flow restriction and dry needling into your plan of care. The course features a semi-systematic review of current research in the climbing field and uses case studies and group sessions to help you understand how to apply the research in the clinic confidently.   Prevention of injury and community collaboration approaches will be discussed. Participants will have access to our return to climbing template to use in clinics and sample exercise progressions for movement and proprioceptive skills as well as strengthening. 

 Host Clinic: 

Program Outline

  • 7:30 –8:00 am Welcome and introductions, course objectives 
  • 8 am- 8:30 am  Research review of climbing injuries and prevalence: indoor, outdoor  
  • 8:30- 9:00 am Climbing physiology and biomechanics for performance as it relates to exam  and test selection 
  • 9:00- 9:30 am  Adult, youth, and female athlete special considerations 
  • 9:30 –10:45 am  Upper extremity differential diagnosis & sport-specific assessment for the  climbing athlete; red flag screening  
  • 10:45 -12 pm LAB: Movement system assessment for clinical differential diagnosis of  common injuries and impairments  
  • 12pm-1pm LUNCH  
  • 1 pm -2:00 pm   LAB/LECTURE: Review UE screening case studies and how to implement  screening in community and clinic settings 
  • 2:00 pm- 3:45 pm LAB:  Deep dive into elbow, wrist, and hand treatment for climbing athletes  (Manual therapy, Exercise, BFR, Dry needling, Grip, and force assessment) 
  • 3:45- 4:15 pm Return to sport protocols and multidisciplinary communication 
  • 4:15- 5:30 pm LAB: Group case studies (wrist, forearm, shoulder, ankle) 
  • 5:30-6:00 pm  Test: individual learning assessment 

Instructor

Elaina Stover, PT, DPT, RYT 

Dr. Stover is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis physical therapy program and Exos Sports Performance program. She blends her knowledge of sports performance with the movement system impairment (MSI) system to meet the needs of climbing athletes. She has co-created climbing injury screens and educational lectures for youth and adult athletes in St. Louis, MO, and Tucson, AZ.

Furthermore, as an avid climber, she brings both her personal and clinical experience working with climbing athletes to help make the research easy to translate into clinical application. She is a Hueco Tanks climbing guide and provides PT advice to various levels of climbing athletes. She also treats pelvic health as a level 1 APTA pelvic health specialist which helps her provide unique education to female climbing athletes. 

 

Program Outcomes

Climbing Medicine: Evaluation & Treatment of the Climbing Athlete 

Examination/Evaluation: 

  1. Identify and examine the anatomy of the forearm, wrist, and hand  
  1. Identify and examine the anatomy of the upper extremity  
  1. Describe the function of UE musculature in climbing 
  1. Identify and screen for common acute and chronic climbing injuries, youth-specific injuries, the female athlete triad  

Diagnosis/Prognosis: 

  1. Differentiate between stiff and short musculature of UE structures 
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of diagnostics and special tests used in differential diagnosis for climbing athletes 
  1. Demonstrate ability to understand when to refer for imaging 
  1. Demonstrate ability to compose a plan of care including functional goals, return to sport protocol, and prognosis for athletes 
  1. Understand climbing-specific elements of performance and tests and measures to assess performance elements 

Intervention: 

  1. Teach exercises to support the proper relationship of pronation and extensor muscles to climbing grip  
  1. Describe and implement various interventions available to strengthen muscles of UE and LE in climbing specific sport activities 
  1. Demonstrate proper use of crane scale training and campus board training using various grip types and proper scapular mechanics. 
  1. Perform return to sport protocols for most common acute and chronic injuries 
  1. Develop proper blood flow restriction and dry needling plan of care for various differential diagnoses if applicable 

 

Climbing Medicine: Evaluation & Treatment of the Climbing Athlete

This 1-Day, 8-hour evidence-based comprehensive course was created to provide a thorough education on climbing injuries & the associated pathophysiology, as well as prepare the clinician to treat climbing athletes with confidence.   Date: September 18, 2021
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