Bouldering is one of the safest climbing sports, but as with any form of climbing, falls and occasional injury are to be expected, and it’s worth considering the following bouldering injury advice. Bouldering centres, both indoors and outdoors, are usually supervised and maintained with a high regard for climbers’ safety. Bouldering mats should always be used, and beginners should not be expected to progress to difficult climbing grades before they are ready. Nevertheless, anyone participating in bouldering accepts that certain risks are involved, and that falls and the odd bruise all come with the territory. However, if you suffer a more serious injury, and feel that it was the fault of the bouldering centre or the actions of another climber, then you may have grounds for a compensation claim with a reputable law firm like Accident Advice Helpline.
Staying safe when bouldering
Bouldering is a form of free climbing that doesn’t use ropes or harnesses. Accordingly, bouldering climbs usually only reach to a height of twenty feet or so. But a fall from this height can still cause serious injury, which is why bouldering is not performed completely without equipment. Whether you are climbing an artificial surface indoors at a bouldering centre, or a natural rock formation outdoors, you should always have a proper bouldering mat beneath you to break your fall if necessary. Similarly, always wear professional climbing shoes and carry a small bag of gymnastic chalk. This is to rub on your hands at regular intervals in order to absorb sweat, which can otherwise make your grip slippery. It’s worth having a basic skincare or first aid kit to hand too, along with sun protection if climbing outdoors.
If you do fall, there are techniques to minimise the risk of serious injury and broken bones. These involve relaxing the body, rolling with the fall so as to take the impact in stages, and trying to land in an open position, similar to a gymnast. It is vital to study and practise the techniques for falling safely before you embark on any serious bouldering.
Claiming compensation for an injury
Although falls are expected, and as a climber you should take responsibility for your own safety, there may be occasions when you are more seriously injured than you should have been through the actions or negligence of others. Examples might be a faulty or moved safety mat, or an indoor climbing wall that has not been properly maintained.
Several climbers may be bouldering at the same time, and the irresponsible actions of one may have dire consequences for another. If you think you might want to claim for a bouldering injury, call our free 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our friendly, trained advisors. They will be able to let you know if you have a compensation claim worth pursuing with Accident Advice Helpline. The next stage is to speak to one of our expert lawyers, all of whom work on a no win no fee basis, and will do their best to secure you the maximum amount of compensation for your accidental bouldering injury.