Professional Climber, Speaker, Author
“I’ve had a number of overuse injuries in my fingers over the decades. I’ve tried a number of things to heal, and to get-me-through. The SPOrt has allowed me to climb when I probably should be resting or rehabbing.-Yep, I’m not an adult, I climb when I want, not when my finger is healed. I completed the 24 hour Horse Shoe Hell event last weekend, 64 routes, 124 laps. All the vertical mileage I put in to train for the event I wore my SPOrt.
So far, after five years using the SPOrt, I can say that I have never further injured my finger while using the SPOrt. My big complaint about the SPOrt is that it did not come out 25 years ago."
IFMGA Licensed Mountain Guide
"Dr. Warme!! I’ve been wearing the sport for 3 days now, I am completely amazed by how it works. On day 1 I got rid of inflammation and reduced the pain. Today I was able to mountain bike pretty much like I had no injury.
Thanks, and I’m your biggest fan. I’ll spread the word."
“Last summer, I was feeling strong, and my overconfidence led me to trying a route with multiple hard moves to and from monos. I walked away from the route with a partial tear in my a2 pulley. The next few weeks nothing seemed to work. A lack of climbing (or exercising my fingers) seemed to make my ring finger stiff and painful, while pulling on routes with crimps also resulted in pain. Soon after, I started using the SPOrt. I was able to climb to my heart’s content again (within reason).
The SPOrt has found its way into my daily first aid kit, and since pulley injuries take an extended time to heal, I will occasionally put it on when my finger still doesn’t feel quite right. Hats off Dr. Warme for a great tool in the recovery arsenal.”
"The SPOrt has saved my lifestyle… and my career!
To date, I use the SPOrt for almost everything I do - it’s worn almost as much as my wedding ring. Everything from climbing, skiing, kayaking to mtn bike riding, I find the mental assurance of knowing my finger is protected almost as important as the physical protection it provides. I even use it when fly fishing.
One of the best benefits the SPOrt provides is the durability tape doesn’t. Athletic tape works great for many aspects but it instantly falls apart when wet and degrades over time… and remembering to carry a new roll around everywhere you go can be cumbersome. Needless to say, whether I am climbing helicopter rope ladders in the middle of the sea or hucking myself out of a plane, the SPOrt is on my finger."
Routesetter, Vertical World Seattle
"Climbing specific injuries, especially pulley injuries, have not been very well studied and few doctors understand the demands that climbing places on our fingers. Dr. Warme understands these demands and has used his climbing and medical background along with 20 years of research to create the SPOrt specifically for healing and stabilizing climbing specific pulley injuries. As a climber and professional routesetter I have had to deal with many finger injuries over the years, including pulley reconstruction surgery.
I participated in Dr. Warme's study on the SPOrt and saw through an ultrasound machine the SPOrt keeping my A2 pulley closer to the bone as I crimped. This has given me great confidence in the product and I can't recommend it enough for any climber out there suffering through a pulley injury."
3rd Place at the Youth World Climbing Championships - Italy, 2019
"Brian sustained a pulley injury to his right middle finger shortly before going to Italy. He was devastated and wondered if it was even worth going. Taping was not helping and the finger was severely swollen/painful despite many last minute interventions.
Don Mason introduced us to the SPOrt a few days prior to the comp and he set us up with a kit. Brian wore it consistently.
Despite the injury, Brian placed 3rd out of 75 climbers that day, topped all 4 boulder problems and I know this would not have happened if he had not been able to stabilize and protect his finger for those few crucial days prior to the comp."
"After 7 years of climbing pretty consistently, I was devastated to have sustained my first pulley injury only a few months ago. Luckily, I work in the climbing gym industry and immediately received recommendations from my colleagues to use the SPOrt. I was desperate to try anything to continue climbing, so I thought ‘why not’!
In addition to how affordable and easy the SPOrt is to utilize, it was to my surprise how much I was still able to climb and push myself while injured. I highly recommend it!"
Head Coach, Vertical World Climbing Team
"Something all climbers deal with is finger injuries. Even the littlest tweak can shut you down for weeks or longer. My most recent problem had me off the wall for months. After talking with Dr. Warme, he recommended his new tendon brace. I was able to start climbing again while not making my finger worse and also allowing it to heal.
After a little while with the brace and other rehab techniques I was back to normal. I appreciate the work and dedication of Dr. Warme and his crew to keeping climbers on the wall during their rehab process."
Climber, S.P.Ort Ambassador
“My A2 pulley injury happened a few years back: I was bouldering on two-finger pockets and had a foot blow. When my body weight loaded my fingers, I heard a distinct “pop” from my ring finger. I felt some mild discomfort in my finger, as well as in my palm – the pain wasn’t a showstopper, but I could tell something was awry. Being the son of the Climbing Doc, I was in good hands. He fitted me with a beta-version of the SPOrt and I followed his recovery protocol.
After giving the pulley time to heal, and then slowly building back into climbing, I have a happy ring finger – no pain and no problems pulling hard. Nowadays, I use the SPOrt when training (hangboard, campus board) to prevent re-injury and to avoid post-workout finger soreness.”
"I write with great enthusiasm to share my success wearing the Semilunar Pulley Orthosis (SPOrt). For three months, I have followed an indoor training plan (three to four days a week) that included both sport climbing (5.12+) and bouldering (V6-V7) with an A2 pulley injury. The SPOrt provided reliable support to heal with maximum protection. Most important, it gave me the much needed confidence to train for efficiency and endurance for more aggressive climbs.
The effective, reinforced protection maintained my ability to make precise - dynamic movements between holds, which is a profound reason that I recommend the SPOrt as a “climber’s beta” to CLIMB ON!"
“I suffered a minor A2 pulley injury bouldering in the gym. I say minor because there was no telltale "pop," but it was major enough to keep me out of climbing. Or when I did attempt to climb, I could only do so with pain.
I tried taping and and being conservative with hold/route selection. I tried (minimal) time off and less climbing days. I tried ignoring it. But the pain persisted. A friend told me about his success with the SPOrt so I figured I had nothing to lose. I'm psyched I tried it. I was able to climb immediately with much less pain. More importantly, with the support of the SPOrt, my injury was able to heal fully WHILE STILL CLIMBING.
I'd definitely recommend Dr. Warme's SPOrt to others also suffering from finger injuries.”
“I’m an anesthesiologist and just the small bit of pressure from doing epidurals all day aggravated my pulley injury so much that it just wasn’t getting better. I’m 44 and just discovered climbing, so when I got this injury right away and it kept persisting, I figured I might as well just give it up. But then a hand surgeon I work with recommended your product.
Within a week or so of wearing [a SPOrt] my daily pain was gone. I knew better than to try to climb again that soon, so I waited the full eight weeks you recommended. I was nervous to go back, but I have never felt even a twinge of pain ever since.
I started out climbing easy but now climb hard (for me) routes and boulder all I want without pain. I might just climb with this thing on forever. Thanks so much for a wonderful product."
Climber, SPOrt Enthusiast
"Having blown two A2 pulley tendons, I know what a pain it is to recover from this injury. In both instances I had the classic “pop”, then pain, then months of recovery.
Fast forward a few years - I had the opportunity to participate in one of Dr. Warme’s trials, where I actually watched the ultrasound monitor as the damaged tendon in my right middle finger move away from the bone when placed under load, which wouldn’t happen if I had a functioning A2 pulley. Dr. Warme then taped a SPOrt to the same finger and the tendon didn’t move at all when placed under load!
I now climb with a SPOrt on both fingers when training in the gym to prevent further injury. It works!"
Climber, SPOrt Enthusiast
"The SPOrt changed my ability to train and climb through injury. I was immediately able to climb on tenuous terrain where I had previously been limited before even with taping. It was amazing!"
Order Your S.P.Ort
Our custom S.P.Ort (Semilunar Pulley Orthosis) supports A2 and A4 pulleys after injury and aids the healing process.
The S.P.Ort works well for:
Flexor tendonitis (soreness at the base of the finger on the palm side)
Complete A2 or A4 pulley injuries (acute and chronic)
Partial A2 or A4 pulley injuries
Returning to activity after a pulley reconstruction surgery