USE OF REAL-TIME TELEMETRY TO MONITOR INSTANTANEOUS SEAT AND BOAT VELOCITY IN PAIR OARED ROWING

  • M. McBride
  • B.C. Elliott
Keywords: rowing, biomechanics instrumentation, technique, boat velocity, seat velocity

Abstract

On-water instrumentation methods have been devised by several researchers to provide real time feedback of relevant biomechanical variables to rowing coaches. The principal focus of these investigations has been the measurement and interpretation of individual oar forces duflng the propulsive phase of the rowing stroke cycle. In an attempt to monitor rowing technique during both the drive and recovery phases of the stroke, instantaneous velocity of each sliding seat in a pair oared rowing shell was measured in conjunction with boat velocity. This also enabled links to be made between individual and combined 'crew' technique that may influence intrastroke boat velocity fluctuations during the complete stroke cycle.