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I started climbing around 3 months ago,ive been going about 2 to 3 times a week and iam slowly getting stronger to climb the harder walls. Recently ive been starting to get a few injuries i.e. the tendons in my elbow have slight tears in them. what do people suggest to over come injuries and to stay injury free so i can keep climbing.


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Stop climbing and rest for a few weeks. Let your body heal up.


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stop climbing?!? what kind of advice is that
suck it up and keep going, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger

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When you start climbing again after you rest you should do endurance work on easier climbs because tendons gain strength slower than large muscle groups and it will give them a chance to catch up.


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Like everyone else said, rest is the best thing for you. It takes 6 months to 1 year for your tendons and ligaments to catch up to your muscles in terms of growth and strength. Take a couple of weeks off and see how things are.

I don't condone this for beginners because they (ie: you) haven't yet realized where to stop and when to push. Depending on the exact injury mechanism you can tape or use a tennis elbow band thing. This will only help on tears, not on tendonitis or RSI type injuries. I have taped a finger for a couple of months to keep from injuring it again, but I would not recommend this for starting climbers who haven't yet learned when to back off.

Paul

PS If I sound like I am coming down hard on new climbers, I was once a new climber, I know where you are at. But in retrospect this is the thing to do.


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