EFFECTS OF SIX WEEKS OF TRAINING ON INTERSEGMENTAL COORDINATION IN THE ROWING STROKE OF NOVICE INTERCOLLEGIATE ROWERS

  • Monique Butcher Mokha
  • Kathryn M. Ludwig
  • Shawna A. Wood
  • Paul S. Mokha
Keywords: rowing, coordination, shared positive contribution, novice rower

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to examine changes in coordination during the rowing stroke after 1 and 6 weeks of practice. Initially 11 healthy, females who had elected to join a college rowing program volunteered to participate in both testing sessions: Only 3 participants were still on the novice team at wk 6, thus N=3. Participants were video taped on a land ergometer in 2D using the Peak Motion Measurement System. SPC was assessed between adjacent 2-segment combinations of the T-S (trunk-shoulder), K-T (knee-trunk), and S-E (shoulder-elbow) to quantify intersegmental coordination. Mean changes in T-S (78.7% v 74.6 %), K-T (66.5% v 102.9%) and S-E (88.2% v 71.3%) showed that the rowing stroke is primarily a simultaneous pattern. However. individual SPC (shared positive contribution) changes varied indicating that 6 wks is not a long enough for coordination to develop in novice rowers.
Published
2008-03-25
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities