Rock Wall Challenge
Coming in 2022, 11 different Saturday’s
Challenge yourself, your friends and your family to the climb of your life. It’s lots of fun and you’ll see how strong you are! Rock Wall will be on Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend and 10 more Saturday’s starting July 2nd, 2022 through the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend, 2022.
What Children of All Abilities Can Learn from Climbing Walls
It’s like putting together a jigsaw puzzle on the wall, and it helps kids develop critical thinking, sequential reasoning, and fine and gross motor abilities that they can use in regular life.
Climbing’s utilization of reciprocal action (the arms and legs moving in unison) has been linked to greater wrist flexion and extension, range of motion, and grip strength.
Children and young people with physical limitations have fewer options for leisure and sports activities, therefore rock wall climbing is a great alternative.
Pediatric occupational therapist Lorene Janowski, DPS, OTR/L, BCP, MS, C/NDT, from HSS, states that physical exercise helps to enhance or preserve function in children with impairments after surgery by boosting their range of motion, function, and strength. “It’s also really crucial for kids as they grow up and their OT and PT sessions per week are cut down,” she says. “It is crucial to instill desirable behaviors in children at an early age.”
Janowski elaborates on the ways in which kids of varying levels might benefit from rock wall climbing.
According to Janowski, increasing overall flexibility may be accomplished by doing simple actions like reaching for an out-of-reach hold or lengthening a leg for a firmer grasp. This is essential since we are always on the move throughout the day, navigating different terrains and stumbling across goods stored at varying heights.
Climbing a rock face uses every muscle in your body. The climber’s legs and glutes push off lower grips as the shoulders and back compress to bring the body upward. Proximal strength, referring to the muscles closest to the midsection, is also necessary for rock wall climbing, according to Janowski.
The strengthening effects of rock wall climbing might be especially beneficial for children with physical limitations. Janowski gives the example of a youngster who was previously unable to open jars or containers but who then developed the strength in their hands via rock wall climbing.
Competence in both fine and gross motor tasks
Rock wall climbing requires both fine and gross motor abilities, since it requires both an open hand grip and a tight pinch grip on small holds. (Fine motor skills make use of the smaller muscles in the hands and wrists, whereas gross motor skills make use of the bigger ones.) According to Janowski, these are crucial areas of development for children with special needs.
Conscientiousness of One’s Own Body
Every child, regardless of their cognitive skills, benefits from developing a strong sense of spatial awareness. As they make their way up the rock face, climbers must continually evaluate their positioning and adjust accordingly in order to maintain a healthy center of gravity and to avoid falling.