Eric Hörst BSc

Eric J. Hörst is an internationally renowned author, researcher, climbing coach, and accomplished climber of 40 years. He has coached hundreds of climbers, and his training books have spread to climbers in more than 50 countries. Eric is author of eight books with worldwide sales of over 300,000 copies. In addition to his best-selling Training For Climbing, Eric’s other popular texts include Maximum Climbing, Conditioning for Climbers, How to Climb 5.12, and the gym climbing book Learning to Climb Indoors.

Eric has written more than 100 magazine articles, published in Rock & Ice, Climbing, Outside, DeadPoint, Men’s Health, Fortune, Men’s Journal, Muscle Media, Muscle & Fitness, Paddler, Urban Climber, Parents, Wall Street Journal, Experience Life, Outdoor 4X, National Geographic Adventure, Desnivel, Alpen, Climax, and Climber. He has co-authored one research paper (“Behavior Analysis and Sport Climbing”, Journal of Behavioral Health and Medicine, 2010, with Dr. Richard Fleming). Eric is a member of the International Rock Climbing Research Association (IRCRA) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Eric’s current focus is R & D of new training techniques, sharing his knowledge with new climbers, and coaching the next generation of elite climbers.

A self-professed “climber for life”, Eric remains active at the cliffs, traveling widely with his wife, Lisa, and sons, Cameron (14) and Jonathan (16). Driven by his passion for adventure and challenge, Eric is still pushing his personal climbing limits at age 53. Eric’s Website is

Prof. Volker Schoeffl MD PhD MHBA FAWM

Volker Schöffl, MD, PhD, MHBA, FAWM is head of the Department of Sports Medicine and Sports Orthopedics in Bamberg, Germany. His scientific focus is on climbing and ski mountaineering injuries and biomechanics of the hand. He is the team doctor to The German Climbing Team and The German Ski Mountaineering Team, and a member of The UIAA and IFSC Medical Commissions. He continues to be a very active climber with many first ascents in Europe and South East Asia.

Dr. Isa Schoeffl MD MSc PhD

Isabelle Schöffl finished her studies in 2005 with a Masters degree in Biology and Sports Science and then went on to study Medicine which she finished as an MD in 2010. After that she started working in the field of pediatrics but her focus in research remained on climbing and sports science. Thus she continued the studies on the biomechanics of the pulley system of the hand and expanded into the field of the prevention and treatment of injuries and pathologies associated with pediatric and adolescent climbers.

Dr. Yasser El-Sheikh, MD BSc FRCS(C)

Dr. Yasser El-Sheikh is a plastic surgeon practicing in Toronto.

After completing his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology at The University of Waterloo, he was accepted into McMaster University Medical School, where he earned his medical degree in 2004. He then completed his Plastic Surgery Residency at McMaster University and subsequently was accepted into the Hand and Microsurgery Senior Clinical Fellowship Program at The Buncke Clinic in San Francisco.

Dr. El-Sheikh completed his subspecialist hand surgery fellowship training in 2010 and has been in clinical practice in Toronto ever since. His clinical practice is in hand, wrist and peripheral nerve surgery, and cosmetic plastic surgery.

Dr. El-Sheikh is a member of The Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, The American Society for Surgery of the Hand, The American Association for Hand Surgery, and is a Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. El-Sheikh’s two main research interests are in peripheral nerve reconstructive surgery and sport climbing injuries. He is corresponding member of the UIAA Medical Commission, founder/director of The Canadian Climbing Medicine Symposium and Climbing Medicine Canada, and medical and strength-training consultant for Joe Rockhead’s Climbing Gym in Toronto.

Dr. El-Sheikh has been sport climbing and bouldering for over 25 years, and continues to be a hopeless fanatic of the sport.

Dr. Herb von Schroeder, MD MSc FRCS(C)

Dr. von Schroeder is a Hand and Wrist Surgeon at The University of Toronto Hand Program, and the MedicalDirector at The WSIB Hand Specialty Clinic at Altum Health at Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network. He is also Associate Professor at University of Toronto.

He obtained his medical training at University of British Columbia, his Orthopaedic training at University of Toronto, and his Hand Surgery fellowships at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto and The Kleinert Institute in Louisville. He holds a Certificate for Added Qualification in Hand Surgery from The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. von Schroeder’s subspecialty interests include trauma and arthritis of the wrist. His research interests include the biology of scaphoid fracture non-unions. His lab is at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, where he is cross-appointed.

He is an avid rock climber and treats numerous patients with climbing injuries.

Toronto, Ontario

July 31st & Aug 1st, 2017

This educational conference will include content and activities focused on sport climbing related health, medicine and performance.

Join us for this two day event to discuss and share ideas related to:

  • Training/exercise science topics in sport climbing
  • Management of injuries in sport climbing
  • Special considerations in young climbers
  • Long-term athletic development for sport climbing

The 1st
Canadian Climbing
Medicine Symposium

Climbing is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and, with the addition of climbing to the 2020 Olympic games, that growth is expected to increase dramatically in the years to come. As a result, there is an increasing need for expertise in climbing related medicine.

To support this growing need, we’re proud to announce the 1st Canadian Climbing Medicine Symposium!


Dr. Yasser El-Sheikh MD BSc FRCS(C)

Eric Hörst BSc

Dr. Isa Schoeffl MD MSc PhD

Prof. Volker Schoeffl MD PhD MHBA FAWM

Dr. Herb von Schroeder MD MSc FRCS(C)

$595 +HST CAD



Landmark Capital Ltd.

Joe Rockhead’s Climbing Gym

Climbing Medicine Canada

Gripped Magazine

Becton Dickinson Medical

Mountain Equipment Co-op


Working Model

Endorsed by

The Alpine Club of Canada

UIAA Medical Commission


July 31st, 2017

7-8am Breakfast and registration
8-10am Educational program talks
10-10:30am Break - Refreshments
10:30am-12pm Educational program talks
12-1pm Lunch
2-5pm Free climb at Joe Rockhead’s Climbing Gym
5-8pm Free time/dinner
8-9pm Guest Speaker Slideshow at Joe Rockhead’s


August 1st, 2017

7-8am Breakfast
8-10am Educational program talks
10-10:30am Break - Refreshments
10:30am-12pm Educational program talks
12-1pm Lunch
2-3pm Yoga workshop
3-4pm Beer tasting tour
4-7pm Free time
7pm Closing Dinner


Symposium Location:

The Mezzanine at Steam Whistle Brewing Roundhouse Park,
255 Bremner Blvd,
Toronto ON,
M5V 3M9

Getting Around

Toronto Pearson & Billy Bishop Airport (Porter)

Your conference registration includes a multi-day pass for public transportation provided by the TTC. For more information on getting around, visit the TTC website for details.