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Joint Mobility Protection during the Developmental Age among Free Climbing Practitioners: A Pilot Study

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Department of Human Sciences and Promotion of the Quality of Life, San Raffaele Roma Open University, 00166 Rome, Italy
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Department of Systems Medicine, University of Rome Tor Vergata, 00166 Rome, Italy
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Section of Anatomy, Histology and Movement Sciences, Department of Biomedical and Biotechnological Sciences, University of Catania, 95123 Catania, Italy
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J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2020, 5(1), 14; https://doi.org/10.3390/jfmk5010014
Received: 5 September 2019 / Revised: 3 January 2020 / Accepted: 10 February 2020 / Published: 17 February 2020
Sport-climbing popularity increased intensely over the past years. Particularly, children’s and adolescents’ interest therein is constantly growing. Despite a large effort in preventing injuries and muscle overloads, a fine-tuned training for each sensitive phase of child development is still needed. The objective of the study was to evaluate an innovative training program aimed at the preservation of joint mobility during the developmental age. This article relies on the results of a steady training program allowing to retain joints integrity among the practice of sport climbing in children. Joint mobility changes have been monitored before and after a one-year training program in fifteen subjects aged between 8 and 18 years. Subjects were divided into three groups depending on age (Turgor Secundus, Proceritas Secunda and Turgor Tertius). The motor tests administered were the sit-and-reach test, coxo-femoral mobility test and scapula–humeral mobility test. Our results showed that one-year training improved joint mobility at each analyzed phase, suggesting that this training program could improve mobility and flexibility. Given the importance of joint mobility preservation for discipline-related injuries prevention and eventually recovering, it is essential to provide a specific training program as a route to approach sport climbing, and even more importantly, at an early age. This work represents a preliminary study in order to demonstrate both efficacy on the joint mobility and the requirement of our playful work to support the global sport-climbing workout. View Full-Text
Keywords: joint mobility; development phases; sport climbing; stretching joint mobility; development phases; sport climbing; stretching
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Gasbarro, L.; Padua, E.; Tancredi, V.; Annino, G.; Montorsi, M.; Maugeri, G.; D’Amico, A.G. Joint Mobility Protection during the Developmental Age among Free Climbing Practitioners: A Pilot Study. J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2020, 5, 14.

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