Date of Graduation

Summer 2016


Master of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness Management


Public Health and Sports Medicine

Committee Chair

Scott Richmond


The purpose of this study was to determine whether anthropometric factors have an effect on overall performance in rock climbing between three different difficulties of rock walls. Fourteen, recreational rock climbers participated in this study (Age- 21.93+/-2.62y, Height- 176.8+/-11.1cm, Weight- 73.4+/-18.7kgs, % Fat- 21.02 +/- 6.41, BMI- 23.36+/-4.59). The anthropometric tests included: push-ups, sit-ups, pull-ups, vertical jump, and sit and reach. Immediately following these tests, the participants climbed the three different rock walls for approximately 10 minutes. The data collected is represented through the average number of climbs, distance traveled, and an RPE scale, to determine overall performance. A stepwise regression test showed some anthropometric variables were significant predictor on climbing success. However, the specific anthropometric variables differed based on the level of difficulty of the wall.


anthropometric factors, auto-belay, body composition, perceived exertion, performance, recreational rock climber, rock climbing, strength to weight ratio

Subject Categories

Health and Medical Administration


© Ryan T. Mitchell

Open Access