As human beings we are meant to move freely and effortlessly. However, as we have evolved our daily tasks have become automated and less and less movement has been required from us. Most of our athletes sit all day in class and then head to practice and continue to sit in a boat. For this reason as well as others, our movement has been altered. If proper human movement isn’t addressed we will develop movement limitations. Movement limitations act as roadblocks or emergency brakes. They slow us down and cause unnecessary wear and tear. With clean movement, we find ourselves in an optimally aligned position which produces the most amount of force with the least amount of effort.
From our experience we have found that those athletes with the fewest movement limitations tend to have the opportunity to be the best technical rowers. They respond to technical changes effortlessly. On the flip-side, you know those rowers who never seem to make a change? They’re trying, trust me. They want to make a change but they’re hitting a roadblock. Clear up their movement and you’ll see a change.
Is your movement clean? What’s holding you back? Do any of your athletes have trouble making a technical change?
Blake Gourley holds a Masters of Science in Sports Performance Training and has over 10 years of experience working with rowers. Read more