Speaker Series: Climbing Injury Prevention

Speaker Series: Climbing Injury Prevention

  • Posted by Kaleigh
  • On January 19, 2018
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Climbing Injury Prevention with Sandy Vojik

Sandy Vojik, DPT, CMPT, will be joining us for the third installment of our weekly Winter Speaker Series on Thursday, January 25th at 6PM. Sandy will be discussing 10 things you can do to prevent injuries and optimize your movement. She will also be raffling off 2 free Oov classes and a free 30-minute dry needling treatment to attendees! What is an Oov class, you ask? An Oov is a bio-feedback device that helps build core strength, improve your posture, and awaken your nervous system. You don't want to miss this! RSVP to the free event on Facebook.

Tell us a little bit about your education and professional background that makes you knowledgeable about climbing injury prevention.
I graduated from the University of Utah with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2014. Since PT school, I’ve taken a lot of continuing education to gear my skill set towards high-level movers and a wellness-based model. I’m certified in manual therapy and Pilates. These disciplines have taught me sets of principles to work from, which gives me the ability to assess and treat movement in a very detailed manner. Manual therapy skills are helpful for releasing joint restrictions. Pilates equipment can help clients find efficient movement patterns which they can integrate into their everyday lives. Since I work in The Front Training Room, I have a full weight room at my disposal to assist clients with their form during climbing, hanging, and training.

How long have you been climbing? What's your favorite thing about the sport?
I’ve been climbing for 3 years. My favorite part about climbing is pushing past my perceived limits of fatigue, fear, and doubt. Getting outside of your comfort zones makes the brain undergo neurogenesis, which I think leaves you wanting more of it. Or maybe it’s simply just the adrenaline rush. Either way, I love the feeling of accomplishment you get from pushing yourself and really trying hard.

What are your favorite Utah crags and why?
I really love crack climbing, so I have to say the sandstone cracks of southern Utah are my favorite. The only crag I haven’t liked so far is The Valley of Zion because I came home with red splotches all over my face after getting eaten alive by lake flies.

What's your connection to The Front? Were you a member here before you started working for The Front Training Room?
Yes, I’ve been a member of The Front for about 4 years. What I find impressive about The Front is the athleticism I see in its members. People take their training seriously, and it shows.

In our experience, common climbing injuries are often related to fingers. What's the number one thing you recommend to prevent finger injuries?
Train smarter, not harder. Your connective tissues take longer to adapt to stresses placed upon them so adequate rest between high-intensity training sessions is imperative. Be patient with yourself and progress slowly. Listen to your body. If there’s pain, there’s a reason for it. Slow down or figure out why the pain is there.

What do you like to do in your free time? Any hobbies other than climbing? 
I’m currently in the process of becoming a certified health coach, which will add nutritional and lifestyle modification to my toolset. This takes up quite a bit of my free time. In addition, I mountain bike in the summer and skate ski in the winter for aerobic exercise. My husband and I just got permits to backpack in the Maze in Canyonlands, so that will be our next desert adventure.

« Climbing injuries happen, but you can definitely reduce the chances with proper technique, warm-ups and targeted exercises! Sandy is going to tell us how this Thursday at 6PMRSVP on Facebook.