An exploration into the benefits of rock climbing as an occupation
(2014) An exploration into the benefits of rock climbing as an occupation, no. 67.
Background. Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy literature has an interest in the meaning and purpose of the occupations people participate in throughout their lives. Rock climbing is a sport participated in and enjoyed by people all over the world. Purpose. This proposal will explore the benefits of rock climbing by investigating rock climber's experiences of this occupation. Following a review of relevant literature, which explored the focus of Occupational Science literature in relation to well-being, and relevant rock climbing related articles from many professions, it was found that although there are a limited number of research articles available from other professions which explore the benefits of rock climbing, it may be beneficial to the professions of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and their study of occupation, to carry out further research in this area focusing on factors relating to well-being. Method. The proposed study will consist of a series of semi-structured interviews taking place over two days at a climbing centre in central Scotland. Ten participants, all English speaking, adult, rock climbers, recruited at the same centre, will participate. Implications. Although this proposal is a component of an Undergraduate degree, it is hoped that in the future it could be replicated. Potentially it could benefit the Occupational Science profession by adding to its knowledge base, which in turn could inform future research (by the Occupational Therapy profession) into rock climbing as an intervention.