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Neely Quinn interviews pro rock climbers, climbing trainers, and other insightful members of the climbing community about how we can get a little better at rock climbing. Subjects include how to train for certain aspects of the sport, how to rehab injuries, the best diet for climbing, and personal stories about climbing.

Jan 6, 2017

About Esther Smith

Esther Smith is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and the owner of Grassroots Physical Therapy in Salt Lake City. She is a 5.13- climber who’s reaped the benefits of her own physical therapy practices, having healed a shoulder injury through exercises, stretches, and alternative therapies.

She works almost exclusively with rock climbers, which is rare for a physical therapist. For a complete bio and list of certifications and qualifications, please visit This is my second of three interviews with Esther, the first one covering shoulder injuries.

This interview is all about elbows. During the interview, you’ll hear Esther talking about the videos she created to help you understand what she’s trying to explain. You’ll find those videos below, as well as the video tutorials she has for sale on her new website,, which very well may make your elbow pain go away without the help of any practitioner.


Esther Smith Interview Details 

In this interview, Esther talks about how to know what elbow ailment you’re suffering from, how to treat it, and how to prevent it from happening again.

What We Talked About

  • 3 most common reasons for elbow pain
  • Poor climbing form that leads to elbow pain
  • 4 most crucial exercises for elbow treatment
  • Golfer’s and Tennis elbow treatment
  • When to rest and when to climb through it


Videos for Elbow, Shoulder, and Finger Care

4 Essential Exercises 

esther smith 4 essential exercises climbers
In this video, Esther Smith shows Brittany Griffith how to do the 4 essential exercises for climbers.


Rice Bucket Exercises 

esther smith rice bucket

In this video, Esther Smith shows Brittany Griffith how to use the rice bucket properly for elbow, wrist, and finger injuries.


How to Hang Right 

esther smith hang right video

In this video, Esther Smith explains how to hang right on a hangboard, expanding on her article for BD on that topic. 

Video Tutorials for Elbow Injuries

Esther created two videos to help you treat Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow (common climber ailments described in the interview) that are each an hour long. You have to pay for these videos, but it’s well worth the investment if you struggle with elbow pain.

elbow injuries


elbow injuries


Esther Smith Links