Saturday, October 21, 2006

Rock Climbing

Rock climbing safer than playing soccer

A recent study published in the latest issue of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine showed that rock climbing (indoors) is safer than playing soccer.

The researchers analyzed the injury risk of rock climbing during the 2005 World Championships in Rock Climbing in Munich, Germany. 500 rock climbers from 55 different countries participated in three different rock climbing disciplines, which totalled in 520 rock climbing days.

During the World Championships in Rock Climbing, 18 injuries occurred and only 4 of them were serious. The most common problems were bruises. The injury rate of this competition reached 3.1 per 1,000 hours of rock climbing. As a comparison, male senior soccer national players typically face an injury rate of 30.3 (!) per 1,000 hours of playing soccer.