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Interesting article about tendon pulley rupture in rock climbers
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Feb 28, 2012
I just happened upon this article and thought some people here might find this study interesting. I was just fascinated at how that actually carried out the study.

Pathomechanics of Closed Rupture of the Flexor Tendon Pulleys in Rock Climbers
jbjs.org/article.aspx?Volume=8...
Jon Lachelt
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Feb 28, 2012
Thanks for sharing! Very cool!! Wonder how much the forces would be different with a lower age sample group!? Dan Dalton
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Feb 28, 2012
Mandarin. I need simpler terms as I'm not all that educated. Jake Jones
From Richmond, VA
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Feb 28, 2012
I tore one over a month ago tossing a bowling ball....screwed up my ice tool grip this season!! Woodchuck ATC
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Feb 28, 2012
"...One finger did not have a terminal event, and testing was stopped after the A2, A3, and A4 pulleys had ruptured because the forces at the fingertip and the excursion of the tendons exceeded the limitations of the testing apparatus...."

I want those hands!!! Implants perhaps?!?
Daryl Allan
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Feb 28, 2012
See? If you allow your organs and whatnot to be donated after death you might actually get used in climbing research!

Very cool article. I have only suffered one torn pulley, but the mechanics of how much it takes to rupture one are very interesting.
Peter Franzen
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Feb 29, 2012
I read this when I tore my A1 on monkey finger this spring. I loved the part where the A1 pulley never ruptured. Why am I always the exception?

I took 9mo off. Damn thing still hurts
Ball
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Feb 29, 2012
First time I blew one out on a steep gym climb. The 'pop' sounded like a gun went off! Yes, 9 months was at least the minimum before I could push it near any strength limit once again. Been 2 months now since my bowling ball accident and not improving at all. Woodchuck ATC
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Ugh! I cringe at any mention of the notorious "pop!" Ball
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