More than 40,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms across the United States for indoor rock climbing injuries between 1990 and 2007.
Despite the dangers, indoor rock climbing gyms and facilities have been popping up everywhere across the United States and Massachusetts over the years as the indoor sport has grown in popularity. Some 9 million people enjoy a form rock climbing annually and the rate of injuries continue to rise as indoor rock climbing grows in popularity.
The Most Frequent Injuries Resulting From Indoor Rock Climbing Are From Falls
Falling is the most common cause of indoor rock climbing injuries accounting for approximately 77% of all injuries. Colliding with an object accounts for another 7% of injuries while being struck by an object accounts for 6%.
Most indoor climbing falls are from 20 feet or less; however, about 33% of all falls are from 20 feet or higher. Half these falls from above 20 feet result in hospitalization.
Fractures/sprains/strains are the most common injuries followed by lacerations and dislocations. The ankle is the most injured body part. Rock wall climbing accidents can also result in death as was the case when a Texas woman died after falling to the floor for a height of 30 feet.
In 2007 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts began requiring all challenge courses and climbing walls to be inspected and licensed by the Department of Public Safety under their “Amusements” Division.
Causes of Indoor Rock Climbing Injuries
There are many different causes of indoor rock wall climbing injuries. Some of the most common causes are as follows:
- Defective or worn ropes, harnesses, chains, anchors, hardware
- Improper equipment
- Striking the climbing wall itself
- Collisions with the “rocks” and projections on the wall’s surface
- Climbers falling off walls and landing on people below
- Poorly trained employees
- Poorly supervised employees
- Poor maintenance
Indoor Rock Climbing Facilities and Rock Walls in Massachusetts
- Challenge Rocks — Hingham (3 Pond Park Road, Hingham, MA 02043)
Challenge Rocks offers beginning to expert level climbing for the whole family; rock climbing, bouldering, tumbling, and adventure courses. The walls are 24 feet high with approximately 3000 sq ft of surface area
- Rock Spot South —Boston (30 Old Colony Ave, Boston, MA)
11,000 sq ft of bouldering terrain 20-30 Top rope walls 150+ Boulder Problems reset every 6 weeks
- Carabiner’s Climbing Gym — New Bedford (328 Parker Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts)
65′ high climbing gym, 12′, 20′, 30′ and 40′ intermediate routes, 32,600 sq. ft of climbing, 112 top ropes, weight room, cardio equipment, pro shop, and locker rooms.
- Rock Spot Climbing – Boston (67 Sprague Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02136)
4,000+ sq ft of indoor bouldering and 4,500 sq ft of top rope and lead climbing with 37 top ropes; all ages all abilities climbing facility; bouldering, top rope, lead climbing. 10 Auto-Belay units with 3 routes per section
- Rock Spot Climbing — South Boston (30 Old Colony Avenue, South Boston, Massachusetts 02127)
11,000 sq ft of bouldering terrain, 150+ Boulder Problems reset every 6 weeks 20-30 Top rope walls Open 10am-midnight every day
- Dedham Health and Athletic — Dedham (200 Providence Hwy, Dedham, Massachusetts 02026)
35ft high climbing gym, beginner to advanced courses, specialized classes for children 5-15 yrs old, adult climbing also available.
- Brooklyn Boulders — Somerville (12a Tyler Street, Somerville, Massachusetts 02143)
Brooklyn Boulders (BKB) Somerville (Boston) is a 40,000 sq. ft. hybrid rock climbing
- Central Rock Gym — Cambridge (127 Smith Place, Cambridge, MA 02138)
Boston’s First and only dedicated bouldering facility. 15,000 square feet facility with bouldering
- MetroRock #1 — Everett (69 Norman St, Everett, Massachusetts 02149)
26,000 sq ft of total terrain including 5,000 sq ft of dedicated bouldering. Heights over 45 feet high, leading on over 50% of high walls. 70 top rope stations and over 30 lead routes.
- Rock On Adventure — Norwood (661 pleasant street, Norwood, Massachusetts 02062)
24 foot high Rock climbing facility and 24ft climbing tower.
- Central Rock Climbing Gym — Watertown (74 Acton St., Watertown, Massachusetts 02472)
30,000 sq. ft. of climbing terrain! Lead and top ropes 50 ft. high, top out bouldering over 16 ft. high.
- Boston Rock Gym — Woburn (78 Olympia Avenue, Woburn, Massachusetts 01801)
28 ft. climbing gym with lead roof, aretes, overhangs, pillars and inverted walls, corners, cracks.
- MetroRock #2 — Newburyport (40 Parker St., Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950)
17,000 square feet of indoor rock climbing structures. 45 ft. high with 70+ top rope and 40 lead stations, nasty overhanging lead roof that just won’t stop, and one of the meanest bouldering facilities in the country.
In-Door Rock Climbing Injury – Rock Wall Accident Lawyer
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