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Radiographic adaptations to the stress of high-level rock climbing in junior athletes: a 5-year longitudinal study of the German Junior National Team and a group of recreational climbers.

Authors
  • Schöffl, Volker Rainer
  • Hochholzer, Thomas
  • Imhoff, Andreas B
  • Schöffl, Isabelle
Type
Published Article
Journal
The American Journal of Sports Medicine
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2007
Volume
35
Issue
1
Pages
86–92
Identifiers
PMID: 16973900
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Intensive training and climbing leads to adaptive reactions such as cortical hypertrophy and broadened joint bases in the fingers. Nevertheless, osteoarthrotic changes are rare in young climbers. A longer follow-up is necessary to evaluate whether these adaptive stress reactions may lead to an early onset of osteoarthritis.

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