The aim of this book is not only to help climbers and coaches gain a better understanding of medical consultations, but also to offer insights into practical treatment. As regards the medical field, the explanation of the different forces exerted on fingers during climbing allows better assessment of the causes of injuries and can help injured climbers adjust when they return to training. Despite their small size and fragility, fingers are essential in rock-climbing. The publication of this book was motivated by the numerous possible injuries and the required treatments, as well as the desire to connect medicine to this field. Combining scientific and medical research offers a new approach to training and practice. Indeed, promoting cooperation between specialists and coaches for the benefit of climbers can reduce the risk of lesions and improve training.
Francois Moutet is a Professor in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, head of the Hand and Burn Unit at the University Hospital of Grenoble (France). Past president of the French Society for Surgery of the Hand (GEM) 2012-2013. he authored more than 170 publications in Scientific Journals. He has been climbing since 1970 and he has been interested in climbers' finger injuries for more than twenty five years. Sebastien Gnecchi is a sport teacher in Marseille. He was awarded with a Diploma of State in climbing and he has a Master in Sports Engineering and Ergonomics. He has been climbing since 1992. He has also been coaching athletes for boulder international competitions since 2000 and training the French Paraclimbing Team since 2012.