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Getting You Connected

from Catch to Finish

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Welcome to Aligned and Balanced Rowing!

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Karen wants to know……

  • Are you frustrated by injuries that keep you from rowing?
  • Do you struggle with getting to the catch?
  • Do you have difficulty staying supported through the stroke?
  • Do you want to improve efficiency in your motion?

Rowing is a beautiful and challenging sport.

It can take years to truly master the technical components of the rowing stroke, get good boat feel, and really move a boat. To do so, and remain injury free in the process, is a challenge. As with other sports, different factors affect how a rower even sits in a boat. Factors, such as an athlete’s  structure, history of  daily postures, work or school stresses, and old injuries, affect a rower’s ability to sit up correctly, and to move with fluidity and ease. Combine these underlying structural and habitual issues to a repetitive sport, and the body absorbing a lot of stress. If the body is not operating optimally, it will break down at the weakest link.

It does not have to be this way.

We help rowers, of all ages and levels, stay on the water.

Our holistic approach makes the most impact by treating athletes one on one, with hour long appointments. Our athletes receive custom solutions that best fit their goals, needs, and lifestyles. We help all rowers–whether you are a recreational rower who has a back injury just trying to stay fit, a junior rower who has aspirations of collegiate rowing, a Master’s rower who wants to continue competing, or an elite rower who want to improve their speed and efficiency.  My clients love our integrated approach and feel the changes are more lasting.

 

 

Aligned and Balanced Rowing shared Strength Coach Will's post. ...

Here's another quick infographic to demonstrate some of the research-based differences between static ergs and dynamic ergs. The key difference in the two is how the rower manages force. The greater moving mass of the entire rower on static ergs means there is more inertia coming into the catch, which then requires higher force to reverse and accelerate into the drive. This is the proposed reason as to why the peak force is significantly higher on statics than dynamics, where the rower is only moving the mass of the stretcher and flywheel. The extra load and extra force from every stroke on statics adds up to increase risk of low back pain and rib stress injuries. You can read my full article here for more on why, and what we can do to manage it: rowingstronger.com/2018/09/10/low-back-pain-rib-stress-injuries-rowing/ Here are the sources from the infographic: [1] www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3761858/ [2] www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/2331205X.2018.1478699 [3] www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14598197 [4] www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24650334 [5] www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25257230 [6] www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21985212

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Very excited for this! Strength Coach Will's article on low back pain and RSI is excellent--highlighting key causes of these injuries, but more importantly, steps to mitigate. ...

This Sunday, Blake, Joe, and I are getting the band back together to talk low back pain in rowing on the Strength Coach Roundtable at Rowperfect UK. I got a lot of questions and comments over the last couple weeks from my LBP and RSI Prevention article, and this is something that both Blake and Joe have personal experience with as athletes, coaches, and scholars as well. We'll be covering some of the key points from the research, then discussing our ideas and practices for working concepts into action. Join us live at the link below at 1pm Pacific or wait for Monday when we post the recap with links and shownotes. youtu.be/os3BMdiX9tI

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Very much looking forward to Strength Coach Will's post coming out! I strongly believe, in addition to lack.of core strength and mobility, how a rower initiates motion in a stroke, especially the body swing, determines increasing flexion in the stroke over time. I spend a lot of time working with rowers to get them as close to neutral lumbar spine in their posture to protect their backs. The lumbar joints, discs, and small stabilizing muscles are not meant to handle constant loading at their endranges of physiological motion. ...

Here's a sneak peak from my newest article coming out on Monday, a research review of low back pain and rib stress injuries in rowing. It's a big one at about 4,500 words, covering the mechanisms of injury, risk factors, and takeaways for rowing coaches, strength coaches, and athletes. Prolonged erging, defined as 30+ minutes continuous, emerged from the research as a major risk factor for injury. This infographic provides some visuals and key points from research as to why that is. rowingstronger.com/2018/09/10/low-back-pain-rib-stress-injuries-rowing/

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