This was my art piece for this project. I focused on the interaction and cooperation of the muscles, tendons, and bones in rock climbers, and how genetic variences can create superior grip strength.


  1. Cool. Would like to see the written part of your project. I do not have a genetic varience for strength in my tiny hands but I do have a theory that my teeny finger nails are one of the reasons my grip strength refuses to increase. I think it’s because my nails cover such a small area that I don’t have enough firm backing against the pads of my fingers, which results in limited ability to apply pressure without damage. Any thoughts on that?

    Adrianna Salinas
  2. The objective of this piece of art is to demonstrate the movement of the bones whilst climbing, showing the collaboration and interactivity between the bones, tendons, and muscles as well as highlighting the importance of grip strength and the mechanism behind it. This art piece is not only well made and heavily detailed but also serves as an excellent representation of how bones, tendons, and muscles coordinate with one another to maximize efficiency and strength for rock climbers. Grip strength is key to the success of rock climbers as it enables the transmission of force between the bones and the tendons for maximum efficiency. Grip power is affected by the formation of the entheses in the forearm where the flexor digitorum superficialis tendon attaches to the flexor digitorum superficialis muscle. The entheses made it possible so that force from the back and shoulder muscles can be shared to the finger gripping the hold. This share of force from the back and shoulder to the arms is crucial as it allows rock climbers to have strengthened power and improved energy having not to rely on the ability of their forearms alone for it would only lead to fast exhaustion and a major drop in power. The composition of the tendon insertions is key for people to have genetically improved grip strength which can lead to innate supremacy in rock climbing. The quality of these tendons and muscles could be determined by genetics but can also be strengthened through training. The static fingerboard is an example of common grip strength training that focuses on force output and endurance. The artwork’s demonstration is a climber with one hand relaxing while the other illustrated to be gripping a wall. Rock climbing is a good choice for illustration since it makes use of these muscles heavily and emphasizes significantly on grip strength control.

    Chrizle June Maghanoy

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