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Strength Coach Roundtable #12: Preventing Low Back Pain in Rowing

We’re back! Blake and Joe and I had a great and wide-ranging discussion on low back pain in … read more

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We’re back! Blake and Joe and I had a great and wide-ranging discussion on low back pain in rowing, combining what we’ve learned from rowing research with our own experiences as rowers, rowing coaches, and strength coaches. In this episode, we cover why low back pain in rowing occurs, how rowers and coaches can reduce risk of low back pain, and what strength coaches can do to build athletes up to prevent injury. Prevention is key with this injury, as history of injury is a risk factor for future injury. Once you have one, you’re more likely to get another, so whether you’ve been injured or not, give this a listen and start incorporating principles to prevent and reduce your risk of low back pain in rowing.

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0:00: Introduction

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7:10: Key Point #1–Technique and Lumbopelvic Coordination

18:50: Key Point #2–Training Volume and Load

  • Total training volume (reps, ergs, water) and training load (heavy lifting, static ergs, hatchet blades, low rates, rowing eights by pairs, added rowing resistance) are both risks of LBP. It isn’t necessary to reduce ALL training volume or training load, because then we’d never do anything, but to be mindful of volume and load and think critically about how much volume and load you are using and when you are using it. Too much, too quickly, and in combination with the wrong things, increases risk of injury.
  • Problems that result from prolonged erging, and what we can do instead.

39:46: Key point #3–Physical Qualities

1:04:28: Final Notes

Thanks for listening! If you have a question or comment, please leave it below and we’ll respond. Until our next episode, you can listen to all of our old ones here in the Rowperfect UK archives.

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