We regularly perform Safe Landing workshops at bouldering gyms, and health safety talks at climbing gyms. The aim is to improve the safety culture for rock climbers.
When bouldering, here are some things to remember:
Climbing is a healthy activety, but like all activities there is some risk involved.
To mitigate risks, always be aware if your abilities and surroundings in the gym.
Down climb fully or partially. Avoid jumping down from the wall.
Land on both feet evenly. Avoid rolling the foot outwards, or landing on 1 foot.
Land softly, like a spring, descending through the hips.
Keep the knees in line with the first and second toes; avoid knock-knee landing.
Avoid reaching out with 1 hand to stop a fall. Reaching out can lead to a type of injury mechanism known as FOOSH: Fall Onto Out-Stretched Hand
Tuck your head to avoid a whiplash injury.
Practice landing drills to develop good, safe technique
If you have an injury, seek appropriate advice from a health professional.