The article we published on the German Rowing eight and their in-boat force curves has got great comments. And we also got an email from Colin Jones, Emeritus Profession of Newcastle University giving us permission to publish another study.
The article on the German 8 rowing force curves is interesting. However, the forces recorded are not the whole story, even with a Rowperfect.
The influence of momentum forces are not considered. These can/do have a significant influence on boat speed.
You may be interested in a study undertaken at Newcastle University in the late 1990s which included the momentum forces of the rower together with the driving forces. Please see the attached notes.
One of the participants in the study was Ed Coode who won a Gold Medal in the Athens in the 4-. The effectiveness of Ed’s force profile is clearly illustrated in the study.
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