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Row, row, row the boat – the consequences of repetitive strain in rowers

Tracy Ward considers the biomechanical and physical aspects of rowing and their contribution to upper extremity injuries and explores injury prevention strategies, including targeted strength and conditioning. Rowing is a repetitive, weight-supported sport where the high training volumes are similar to cycling, kayaking, and swimming(1). Despite being non-contact and low-impact, rowers are still subject to significant and frequent injuries. Overuse injuries are particularly common due to the high stroke count from repeated training sessions, e.g., 14 to 18 sessions per week, amounting to up

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