Rowers are really good at putting in the time and effort. What rowers often miss, is the fact that you not only have to outwork your opponents, you have to outsmart, and out-recover them as well. Train hard, but make sure your body is ready for it. Train hard, but avoid pushing yourself beyond what you can recover from.
Athletes, are you training harder than usual? Place extra focus on your movement quality & recovery, this will allow you to handle more training stress.
Coaches, are your athletes run down and under-performing? Are they stressed out from school or some other outside stressors? Giving them the day off may be your best option.
The simple truth is that staying healthy is the easiest way to improve performance. The rowers who can perform at the most practices have more opportunities to improve. The rowers who have to take weeks off at a time, suffer. Do what you can to keep yourself/your athletes healthy and you will see progress.
More Quality Practice = Better Performance
What are you doing to stay healthy and available for every single practice? What are you doing to keep your team healthy?
Blake Gourley holds a Masters of Science in Sports Performance Training and has over 10 years of experience working with rowers. Read more here.