We opened our doors to the Climbing Physio Clinic last Friday! And what an epic weekend!

Each year, Highball Climbing Centre host a 3 day Climbing Festival and Bouldering Comp, the Big Flash. From professional wads who travel far, to the ‘NuKids’ on the Bloc; the weekend provides a fun and energetic atmosphere for climbers to compete, eat and repeat… all in support of Climbers Against Cancer (CAC) and Community Action Nepal. With over 150 climbers registered for Friday’s ‘NuKids’ Comp alone, we were kept busy…

Physiotherapy in sport

Many people view physiotherapists as a glorified masseuse, ‘magic sponge’ operator or extra linesman/walkie-talkie operator. In reality a sports physiotherapist; in particular a climbing physiotherapist is a complex and ever changing role. Ultimately their principle role is diagnosis. The physio needs to understand the symptoms the climber presents with and structure an effective treatment pathway to allow them to return to their sport. The physio must be able to tell…

How to complete an effective warm up to enhance performance and prevent injuries

Bare with me if this turns to rant while I try to keep this blog informative and interesting for you to read; it’s a subject that pressed my buttons when I started working in a climbing centre. My climbing buddies could probably actually write this blog for me, a result of me slipping into coach/physio mode before our own climbing sessions. But… touch wood, it seems to be working well…

CLIMBING PHYSIO INTRODUCTION: SCOTT

My introduction to climbing is probably a little different to most. Up until the age of 26 I had only really experienced climbing at birthday parties or school trips. I had been into sport from a young age having tried trampoline gymnastics from the age of 5 one summer with my brother and friends and the next thing I knew it took over my life until the age of about…