• Lumbrical Tears

    It seems like every rock climber I’ve ever met has had some type of finger injury over their career.  Whether it be a slight strain or a full blown tendon rupture, one thing’s for certain, it’s not fun.  As climbing grows more popular, the injuries increase as well.  From my experiences, diagnosing the injury seems to be the most difficult part.  With a plethora of information at your fingertips, the lack of information is not the issue.  It’s the quality. I’ve scoured the internet for information on finger injuries.  My first resource is always Dave MacCleod.  This guy has a ton of real world experience and is usually spot on.  FingerInjuires.com is another good resource for common injuries.  If I can’t find it on those I’m off to google.  I find tons of articles (credible? who knows…) and forum posts about finger injuries.  You just have to sift through the garbage until you find something legit.

    Recently I found a very interesting article on lumbrical tears.  Before reading this I had never heard of a Lumbrical Tear.  Ever had an injury on a pocket hold?  This article might help you out.  It’s nice to see information that’s specific to climbing.  Hopefully credible information geared towards rock climbing will grow as the sport’s popularity increases.  For now we’ll have to help each out other by trading good information and discussing our personal experiences.

    Matt de Camara

    Matt is 27 years old and currently lives in Boone, NC. He works as a real estate agent for Boone Real Estate, a company his dad started 12 years ago. He grew up in Boone, NC where he found his true passion in life, rock climbing. This includes bouldering, sport and trad. He started climbing about 4 or 5 years ago and plans to continue until he can’t slap another sloper. During this time he’s also developed a passion for photography/videography and started Far From Home Productions.

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