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Hey boys and girls!

I have been climbing more than usual lately (twice a week hard)and while I do not have any hand injuries, my hands (ligaments I guess) do feel really tired. Almost strained. I figure I need some time off but was wondering how long I should take before I ease back in. I don't want any injuries.

I take gluc. chondr. every day and multivitamins

Brandon
Brandon H - SC
From Jackson SC
Joined Aug 27, 2012
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Nov 5, 2012
Epic free solo with a pack on
maybe 'til they don't hurt anymore? Just a thought Ben Brotelho
From Albany, NY
Joined May 4, 2011
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Nov 5, 2012
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Ben Botelho wrote:
maybe 'til they don't hurt anymore? Just a thought


haha yeah that about sums it up. Either that or risk injury.

It would be one thing if they were just "tired" but if you are saying they are strained you might end up doing more damage.

Not taking time off has keep my tendonitis active the whole past year. Not fun.
Scott McMahon
From Boulder, CO
Joined Feb 15, 2006
952 points
Nov 5, 2012
I pity the fool
Brandon - how old are you?

Age is pretty relevant. This is a tired (hehe) subject. Check out the book "One Move Too Many". pretty comprehensive coverage of climbing injuries (most of which are hand related).

Short answer - if you are old(er), it takes more time. If you haven't been climbing for very long (weaker ligaments, pulleys), it takes more time. If you are climbing too much, it takes more time.

Also, there is a fine line (and important line) between soreness and pain. I find that soreness is good. It means you are pushing yourself and your body to the correct level. Pain (pulleys, joints) is a bad thing and means you MUST take at least 1 month off. Otherwise you are just chasing an impossible goal of achievement/injury.

time.

Ray
Ray Lovestead
From Boulder, CO
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Nov 5, 2012
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Ray,

I am 31 and I've been climbing off and on for 11 years

If that helps
Brandon H - SC
From Jackson SC
Joined Aug 27, 2012
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