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BSchoemann


Apr 19, 2013, 8:05 PM
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New Leg Pains for a Beginner Bolderer
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I just got into Boldering, the top of the route I had attempted maybe a dozen times was about 10' off the floor. Every time I got to the top I would drop the entire way onto my feet onto the cushy floor they have at the indoor gym I go to. Now, today I have an odd pain in both my legs, some mix between joint pain [in my knees] and muscle pain [in my calves and thighs]. I was wondering if I continue to drop from the top of these routes, if the pain will eventually subside through use [like regular muscle growth] or should I just stop jumping from the top of the routes that I'm on.


RockyBobby


Apr 21, 2013, 9:33 AM
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Work on down climbing as far as you can and then drop. Should help your endurance, technique and also take a little of the beating off your knees.


BSchoemann


Apr 21, 2013, 6:59 PM
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Thanks I appreciate it.


onceahardman


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I just got into Boldering, the top of the route I had attempted maybe a dozen times was about 10' off the floor. Every time I got to the top I would drop the entire way onto my feet onto the cushy floor they have at the indoor gym I go to. Now, today I have an odd pain in both my legs, some mix between joint pain [in my knees] and muscle pain [in my calves and thighs]. I was wondering if I continue to drop from the top of these routes, if the pain will eventually subside through use [like regular muscle growth] or should I just stop jumping from the top of the routes that I'm on.

The muscular component of your pain is probably from strong eccentric contractions of quads, hams, glutes, gastrocs, etc. You could potentially strengthen enough to not have that.

The knee joint component, though, is a problem. Joint inflammation is, by definition, arthritis.

Downclimbing is a very valuable skill. Developing the habit of jumping off of stuff is probably not the best idea, especially if you plan on really "bouldering" (you know, climbing on boulders), instead of climbing on plywood and plastic.

In bouldering, every fall is a groundfall.


theextremist04


Apr 22, 2013, 4:51 PM
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It's probably not that hard to give yourself patellar tendonitis if you keep falling from the top of the wall- you may be feeling the beginnings of that.


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I appreciate your input. Thankfully now, both muscle and bone feel fine. Next time I'll just do a little more down climbing.


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