I was at a climbing gym today talking to a really powerful, talented climber about a climb I had just watched him do (and he had done really well!). The guy said, "Ya, I did ok, but I was struggling with my lower back." And I asked him what happened. He said two months back, he fell 40 feet into water while deep-soloing in the Philippines. Deep Solo-ing is when you climb on a rockface that is stretching out over water. You don't use rope when you climb on these rocks, because the water is meant to break your fall. He was halfway up the 80' climb, when the hold he had just grabbed broke off in his hand! He fell back first into the water. But that was two months ago. And he's still hurting in his back. And I thought it was interesting that he didn't talk about how scary it would have felt to have fallen 40 feet and hit the water. This was a big, macho climber, probably one of the best climbers at the gym. And he was climbing, very expertly, a route that I didn't even consider attempting. Now I don't know for SURE if this guy has TMS. But if I were to place a wager, I would bet that this was a TMS symptom. I guess what I want to relay with this story is that: TMS isn't some rare symptom that only a few people have. It's so widespread that even highly accomplished sports enthusiasts can struggle with it. TMS isn't so much a symptom of a neurological disorder, but a natural human condition resulting from traumatic events.