Switzerland: Rise in bouldering accidents

Between 2015 and 2019, bouldering accidents more than tripled, from 300 to over 1,000 cases. “This comes, on the one hand, from a growing enthusiasm for this sport, but also, on the other hand, from the fact that bouldering is a leisure sport that can be practiced without much prior sporting experience”, explains this Wednesday the Suva in a press release.

Despite everything, “rules aiming to limit the risk of bouldering accidents have been defined. In addition to a healthy assessment of one’s personal abilities, the first condition is to respect the rules established to be able to practice this sport for a long time and in good health”, explains Andrea Lerch, representative of CI Walls of Climbing Switzerland.

The Suva specifies that half of bouldering accidents in climbing gyms affect people aged 25 to 34. The latter fall or slip from the climbing wall. The most frequent injuries are made “to the lower extremities (legs, ankles and feet). This is followed by injuries to the hands, wrists or fingers. These “are often due to overexertion while climbing,” says the Suva.

Andrea Lerch confirms that climbers tend to overestimate their strengths. “It is dangerous to multiply the efforts by going to the end of one’s strength when one is already tired, because the risk of accident increases,” she concludes.

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