Arabella Jariel is no doubt wondering whether wrestling refrigerators is a risk factor for injury. Photo by her terrified but laughing mother, Jennie Jariel.
What do we know about climbing risk? Furthermore, what is a “risk factor”? A risk factor is anything which alters our potential to get injured, or informs our understanding of risk. Researchers and Physical Therapists from Austria, Brazil, Japan, Norway, and the United States helped inform this work, but ultimately all mistakes are mine.
The field of climbing risk factor research is still new. Let’s blow it open and get the conversation kickin’. This is a “living” document – it should be changed as new information flows in. Below, you’ll find (1) a synthesis of the risk factor research, (2) a list of risk factor research with (mostly) 1-sentence summaries, and (3) Practical options for practical people. Pick your poison.