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Research in Sport Climbing

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Sport climbing is a booming sport, both in competition and in amateur sport. Its increasing popularity has led to Olympic medals in sport climbing, being awarded for the first time in Tokyo in 2020. The growing importance of sport climbing is also reflected in a growing interest in scientific research. ...

Sport climbing is a booming sport, both in competition and in amateur sport. Its increasing popularity has led to Olympic medals in sport climbing, being awarded for the first time in Tokyo in 2020. The growing importance of sport climbing is also reflected in a growing interest in scientific research.

Two main strands of climbing research can be observed. One strand consists of research that addresses the climbing performance of athletes in competition. This research focuses on motor-cognitive, psychological, and physiological requirements for climbing performance, including motor-action planning processes, risk management, motor coordination, flexibility, strength endurance, to name a few. Current research in this field identifies performance determinants, detects their relative contribution, and develops and evaluates methods to improve them. The second strand is more pedagogically oriented and deals with the effects of climbing on personality development and the possibility of exerting a positive influence on it, e.g. within the framework of outdoor education.

Since there is no scientific journal explicitly dealing with sports climbing, scientific contributions on climbing are distributed over many different journals. This Research Topic offers the chance to present the most important articles in a bundled form. In addition, it is intended to open up the opportunity for readers and authors with a focus on competitive sports to also read pedagogically oriented articles and vice versa.

All questions related to climbing are welcome in this Research Topic. This includes contributions that are concerned with high-level competitive climbing as well as articles that focus on health-oriented or pedagogic topics. Articles can be placed either in Frontiers in Sports and Active Living or in Frontiers in Psychology - Section Movement Science and Sport Psychology.

Although we are open to considering all types of scientific submissions, we are particularly interested in those that have a strong empirical basis. A multidisciplinary approach is also welcome. Review papers that make a distinct contribution to knowledge will be considered.


Keywords: Sport, Climbing, Abilities, Athletics, Expertise


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