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Hand and Finger Injuries in Rock Climbers


Part of the Sports and Traumatology book series (SPORTS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Sébastien Gnecchi, François Moutet
    Pages 1-5
  3. Sébastien Gnecchi, François Moutet
    Pages 7-32
  4. Sébastien Gnecchi, François Moutet
    Pages 33-71
  5. Sébastien Gnecchi, François Moutet
    Pages 73-85
  6. Sébastien Gnecchi, François Moutet
    Pages 87-180
  7. Sébastien Gnecchi, François Moutet
    Pages 181-227
  8. Sébastien Gnecchi, François Moutet
    Pages 229-230
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 231-236

About this book


The aim of this book is not only to help climbers and coaches gain a better understanding of medical consultations, but also to offer insights into practical treatment. As regards the medical field, the explanation of the different forces exerted on fingers during climbing allows better assessment of the causes of injuries and can help injured climbers adjust when they return to training. 

Despite their small size and fragility, fingers are essential in rock-climbing. The publication of this book was motivated by the numerous possible injuries and the required treatments, as well as the desire to connect medicine to this field. Combining scientific and medical research offers a new approach to training and practice. Indeed, promoting cooperation between specialists and coaches for the benefit of climbers can reduce the risk of lesions and improve training.


finger hand injuries medical and surgical treatment rock climbing

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.MarseilleFrance
  2. 2.GrenobleFrance

About the authors

François Moutet is a Professor in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, head of the Hand and Burn Unit at the University Hospital of Grenoble (France). Past president of the French Society for Surgery of the Hand (GEM) 2012-2013. he authored more than 170 publications in Scientific Journals. He has been climbing since 1970 and he has been interested in climbers’ finger injuries for more than twenty five years. Sébastien Gnecchi is a sport teacher in Marseille. He was awarded with a Diploma of State in climbing and he has a Master in Sports Engineering and Ergonomics. He has been climbing since 1992. He has also been coaching athletes for boulder international competitions since 2000 and training the French Paraclimbing Team since 2012.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Hand and Finger Injuries in Rock Climbers
  • Authors Sébastien Gnecchi
    François Moutet
  • Series Title Sports and Traumatology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Sports and Traumtology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-16789-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-38477-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-16790-9
  • Series ISSN 2105-0759
  • Series E-ISSN 2105-0538
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 236
  • Number of Illustrations 20 b/w illustrations, 181 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Original French edition published by Springer, Paris, 2010
  • Topics Sports Medicine
    Traumatic Surgery
    Diagnostic Radiology
    Rehabilitation Medicine
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