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How to Avoid Rock Climbing Injuries: Talking with OrthoCarolina’s Stacy Rumfelt

The middle of November can be a tricky time for spending time outdoors in central Carolina. The leaves, which just a couple weeks prior decorated tree limbs with stunning brilliance, now gather in great menacing piles on the forest floor. Recently clear trails are now covered, concealing the rock and root “trail gators,” which are easy to avoid during other times of the year.

On November 17, 2013, this was the downfall, literally, of local rock climber Karen Shaub. After a day of route bagging at Crowders Mountain State Park, a near weekly activity for Shaub, she stepped on a hidden stone, catapulting off trail. Her pack, she says, saved her from serious injury but a quick check of her extremities revealed something not right with the ring finger on her left hand...

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