A guide for parents, coaches, GPs and hand surgeons
Teenage children who climb and train intensively are more at risk of epiphyseal (growth plate) stress fractures of the finger.
The guide available below aims to assist parents and coaches in identifying and avoiding the primary causes of growth plate stress fractures and provide advice for medical professionals on the treatment of such injuries.
Growth plate stress fractures most commonly occur in teenage climbers at the time of the pubertal growth spurt, often around the timing of breast growth for girls and pubic hair in boys. The fingers don’t finish growing until around age 17.
The bone grows from the growth plate and is weakest at this point. Growth plates are significantly weaker than the surrounding tendons and ligaments and so are at increased risk of injury from any activity which loads the finger.
This pdf guide has been produced by Dr Katharine Rivett, MB ChB, MRCGP is freely available here
The GB Climbing Team is supported by the BMC, Berghaus, the Arch Climbing Wall and Rock Over Climbing, and the GB Paraclimbing Team is supported by Birchall Blackburn Law. Many UK walls also support the British Climbing Team through free or subsidised entry.
Get live updates about the GB Climbing Team from @BMC_Comps on Twitter
Follow the BMC's Instagram for exclusive photos
Like our Facebook page for more updates
WATCH: Shauna Coxsey: This Girl Can Win on BMC TV
This article has been read
Click on the tags to explore more