How You Can Assess your Rowing Technique at QSMC
With Marguerite King
Do you ever struggle to straighten up after you get out of the boat at the end of a session? Do you find that you have forearm issues going between sweep and sculling?
These are some very common rowing related musculoskeletal issues which an APA Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist can help solve.
One of the most common rowing related injuries is lower back pain and even younger rowers are unfortunately not immune. Lower back pain is treatable but discovering the driving mechanism behind the injury is essential. Is it a lack of hip mobility? Is it a lack of postural endurance? Is it related to your glute or hamstring length?
Here at QSMC, we are able to tell you the driving mechanism behind the injury, give realistic practical rehabilitation and advice, as well as liaise with your rowing coach for a seamless delivery of information to the team around you. We give coaches practical advice to maintain fitness, further develop strength as well as make technical suggestions. By being comprehensive in our approach, we optimise your recovery and minimise your time out of the boat. We understand that, for coaches and athletes, there is nothing worse than being told ‘do nothing for two weeks’!
Chest wall injuries such as rib stress fractures are another major injury in rowing and contribute to a large amount of time spent out of the boat recovering. We use the latest screening techniques to assess an athlete’s injury risk profile and develop programs to address any deficits.
An example is using measurements of upper back rotation. While essential in a sweep boat, scullers also need to maintain range of motion through this area to enhance performance. Using exercises such as four point kneeling rotation and downward facing dog help load the upper back muscles so joint stiffness is minimised and muscle activation is maximised.