Pump test study kicking off in Sheffield
- Friday 31st July 2015
July 31st, 2015
Climbers get pumped then fall off – simple right?
Upcoming study at Awesome Walls Sheffield
Whilst the outcome is well-known the science behind getting pumped is hugely complex. Traditional heart rate (HR) and oxygen consumption (VO2) – traditional metrics in many sports - don’t apply so much in climbing where it’s more about forearm contractions and core engagement.
A study is about to kick-off in Sheffield at Awesome Walls into the mechanics of getting pumped that will look into the role of BLC – Blood Lactate Concentration - and its effect on performance, especially when compared to other sports. The aim of this study is to investigate the contribution of the forearm muscles to BLC levels in climbing specific exercises and hence the relevance of BLC as a possible training and performance indicator in climbing. Comparisons will be made between full body climbing and forearm specific exercises.