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Physical Therapy Injury Rehab for Climbers

Learn how to climb and treat climbing related injuries. You will gain greater insight into the mechanisms of climbing injuries by being able to experience the sport of climbing first hand. During the first half of the session there will be presentations on various injuries from fingers, up the chain, to the shoulder and how to evaluate and treat. The second half of the session will be an interactive experience where you will learn how to climb at the nearest bouldering gym in Chicago, Brooklyn Boulders in Lincoln Park.

Climbing has made its debut in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics for the first time ever as a competitive sport ever in the history of the Olympics. The popularity of climbing has yet to reach its peak. As more and more people begin to climb there will be an inevitable rise in climbing related injuries. When seeking medical help, climbers become frustrated because they are told to stop climbing and rest without a clear explanation. A survey of 667 climbers in Norway revealed that 60% of that population did not believe healthcare professionals could help their issues.  Is it really beneficial to tell a climber to rest for 6 weeks?


Learn how to navigate this growing sport and to be able to provide helpful treatment plans for climbers so they can keep doing what they love! 

This has been approved by the Illinois Physical Therapy Association for 8 CE credit hours. These credits are good for physical therapists and occupational therapists that practice in IllinoisFor all other states you will have to contact your regulatory association to see if the credits carry over. 

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$250 (included is your $25 gym entrance fee)

Who can attend?

Anyone! CE credit is given to physical therapists and occupational therapists. This may not apply to you but you are still welcome to attend! Previously PT students, PTs, OTs, athletic trainers, chiropractors and avid climbers who want to learn more about improving their condition have attended. 


Space is limited to 10 people per workshop. 

2021 Dates

September 25



1925 N Clybourn Ave #302
Chicago, IL 60614

Interactive Climbing Session​

​Brooklyn Boulders Lincoln Park


There will be two main components to this workshop: 1. Lecture 2. Climb. We will first dive into the mechanics of climbing and how certain positions stress particular areas over time. Climbing techniques will be introduced. Various treatment methods will be taught and alternative methods to climbing will help to allow your injured climbers to continue climbing without flaring up their injuries. Then the interactive climbing session will allow participants to feel first hand what it is like to climb and how it puts stress on various parts of their body. Once the lectures and interactive climbing session is complete, participants will have an all-encompassing experience in order to be better equipped to rehab basic injuries related to this sport.


Upon completing this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic terms related to climbing

  2. List the basic hand grips involved in climbing and list the immediate muscles/bones involved in those grips

  3. Analyze the area of the arm a climber has pain and identify

    • primary muscles involved

    • what movement of climbing could have potentially caused the pain to occur

    • treatments to improve their condition

    • alternative climbing methods to reduce the stress to the injured area


7:30am - 8:00am 

Registration / meet and greet

8:00am - 8:30am

History of Climbing – Types of climbing

8:30am - 10:00am

Hand injuries

10:00am - 11:30pm

Wrist/Elbow injuries

11:30pm - 1:00pm

Shoulder/Neck injuries

1:00pm – 2:00pm

Lunch Break

2:00pm - 4:30pm 

Interactive Climbing Session at Brooklyn Boulders Lincoln Park

4:30pm – 5:00pm

Regroup / Q&A

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