June 24th Strength Coach Roundtable: Injury Prevention


In the last Strength Coach Roundtable, rowing strength coaches Will Ruth, Blake Gourley, and Joe Deleo discussed strength training specific to rowing performance. You can catch up on it here if you missed it.

In this month’s Roundtable, we’ll talk strength training for injury prevention. What are some common rowing injuries that strength training can reduce? What are some specific ways we can alter training to reduce injury? How are some rowers currently strength training that may actually INCREASE their risk of injury?

Blake Gourley will also share his personal story of his own career-ending back injury and how he now works with rowers to try to prevent it from happening in other people.

Get your tickets here

  • UK (GMT) – June 24th 2:00AM
  • USA/Canada (PST) – June 24th 6:00PM
  • USA/Canada (EST) – June 24th 9:00PM
  • NZ (NZST) – June 25th 1:00PM
  • Australia (AEST) – June 25th 11:00AM

Blake, Joe, and I have written on injury prevention here on Rowperfect UK before. In the meantime until the Roundtable, you can catch up on our written work at the links below.

Will Ruth: Rib Stress Fractures

Blake Gourley: General Injury Prevention Tips

Joe Deleo: Low Back Pain in Rowers

Please drop us a comment below if you have any questions you’d like us to address!

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Suzy Scorer

    Hi, I have been having physio for a problem where the forward and backward rocking motion seems to affect the sciatic nerve right at the top of my right hamstring causing ischeal tuberosity pain but worse still, my leg goes completely numb after about 10km and I am unable to continue. I have to lift myself out of the boat at the dock and hop around on one leg til the feeling comes back. I have had an ultrasound to check for hamstring deterioration or tear or bursitis and all was normal. The phys says I have good hamstring, quad and glute strength. I do other forms of cross trading with little problem. Any ideas what I can do? I don’t want to stop rowing.

    1. Rebecca Caroe

      Thanks for your comment – I wonder if you have thought of buying this rowing seat pad? It has a foam wedge that raises up your pelvis and was designed by a rower who suffered numb legs while rowing. There are three strengths of foam wedge so you can find the one that best suits your needs.


      Best wishes

  2. StrengthCoachWill

    Thanks Suzy! We’ll talk about this tonight, be sure to tune in.

    ~Will Ruth

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