Injuries, like mine, are far too common in the sport of rowing. Yet the biggest issue is that these rates are accepted as normal in the sport. Every season athletes get injured and not much effort seems to be put into avoiding these injuries. As Mike Boyle has said, coaches treat the sport as a "survival of the best bone and connective tissue contest, a twisted take on the survival of the fittest theory. Those who don't get injured by the volume of training survive to compete”.
All too often this mentality creates an environment where rowers are pushed to the point of injury and often through injury. Injuries in rowing are NOT normal. We can no longer assume injuries are just a part of the process. We have to be better. We have to change our mindset.
Have you accepted injuries as normal?
What would happen if we valued health, just as much as performance?
Blake Gourley holds a Masters of Science in Sports Performance Training and has over 10 years of experience working with rowers. Read more