Climber's back--form and mobility of the thoracolumbar spine leading to postural adaptations in male high ability rock climbers.

@article{Foerster2009ClimbersBA,
  title={Climber's back--form and mobility of the thoracolumbar spine leading to postural adaptations in male high ability rock climbers.},
  author={Rita Foerster and G Penka and T B{\"o}sl and Volker Rainer Sch{\"o}ffl},
  journal={International journal of sports medicine},
  year={2009},
  volume={30 1},
  pages={53-9}
}
In elite climbers, the development of "climber's back" has often been subjectively referred to. However no scientific proof is present. In a cross-sectional cohort study, the spines of 80 healthy asymptomatic male sport climbers were examined. The performance-oriented sport climbers (SC) trained regularly (9.8 +/- 4.3 hr/wk) and had a mean climbing ability of 9.7 +/- 0.6; the 34 recreational climbers (control group) (RC) climbed less frequently (3.4 +/- 2.0 hr/wk) and had a mean climbing… CONTINUE READING
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