Pikler Triangle Injuries: How to Avoid Them

A pikler triangle is a type of soft-tissue damage at a joint where ligaments, tendons and muscles are torn. This condition occurs most often in knees, shoulders and elbows; however, other joints can be damaged as well.

Pikler Triangle Injuries: How to Avoid Them

Pikler triangle injuries are among the most common in the workplace today, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA estimates that over 1 million workers experience one of these injuries every year. If you work with your hands on a daily basis, you’re likely to encounter them as well. But if you follow Pikler triangle safety tips, you can avoid this work-related injury completely and focus on your job and doing what you love to do instead. Here’s what you need to know about these injuries and how to prevent them.

Emergency Kit

Should you use one? They’re not a bad idea. Some injuries are far from ideal, but they happen anyway. Therefore, it can be smart to have some items on hand that could help prevent a minor problem from turning into a major one. As long as you know what’s included in your emergency kit and understand how/when to use it, you should be prepared for anything that may come your way. Having an emergency kit doesn’t mean you’ll be fine after getting injured; however, it does mean there will be less work involved in keeping yourself safe while waiting for help. Below is a list of basic supplies that should be included in any emergency kit.

What is a pikler triangle?

A pikler triangle is a type of soft-tissue damage at a joint where ligaments, tendons and muscles are torn. This condition occurs most often in knees, shoulders and elbows; however, other joints can be damaged as well. What makes pikler triangle injuries especially challenging is that there’s no easy way to treat them—many sufferers require surgery or some kind of rehabilitation.

What are the risks associated with using a pikler triangle?

This piece of exercise equipment has been popular for decades and is often used by mothers who want a good workout with their kids. The pikler triangle can improve endurance, strengthen muscles, and build up cardiovascular health. But before you begin using it, know that there are some risks associated with it. If your child is under 3 years old or not supervised during use, there's a risk that he or she could injure themselves from falls or from colliding with other children. And since children aren't always able to take proper precautions while they're in motion—like looking up when they jump—using them can lead to head injuries if they don't make it over an obstacle successfully.

What should I know before starting this activity?

If you don’t have experience with babies, be sure to observe an experienced caregiver first before trying it on your own. The baby should always be on a firm surface and not left unattended during any part of Pikler’s play. If you are using a mat underneath your baby, make sure it is secure (this is especially important when babies begin moving around on their stomachs). Finally, remember that these activities are just suggestions—you know your child best and will likely notice opportunities for enriching his or her environment in ways we haven’t mentioned here. These are only suggestions! If you're thinking about doing any potentially risky activity with your baby, please consult a medical professional first.

Is there anything else I should know?

The Pikler triangle is formed when a baby’s knees touch one another and his ankles are placed in front of him on top of a support surface. Although it is commonly referred to as a shoulder stand, or an upright stance, doing these postures incorrectly could lead to injury. It’s important that babies do not do these postures until they have developed sufficient neck and trunk control. Always ensure that a parent or caregiver looks out for any signs of instability, lack of balance or weakness in arms and legs before trying new positions with your baby.

Pros & Cons

The Pikler triangle is a useful tool for developmental therapists and parents, allowing them to customize their child’s care depending on certain factors. It allows professionals and caregivers to evaluate how children are using their environment—the way they move, what they grab onto, etc.—and give them an idea of whether a specific play object is safe. While it does have some benefits, there are also some risks involved with using it. If it’s not used properly, professionals could place children in potentially dangerous situations or even exacerbate existing injuries or conditions.


You’re responsible for your own safety. While it might be fun to try new things in your climbing gym, there are some things you can practice on lower-risk routes that give you similar movement and training benefits. The Pikler Triangle is a great exercise for core strength, coordination, and increasing mobility in your fingers and forearms. While doing it wrong could cause injury, if you take proper precautions and stick with basic technique, there’s little risk of getting hurt.

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