Rowing is a great way to get fit and allow you to enjoy the beauty of your local river or lake.  Rowing is a fantastic sport for developing core, leg and arm strength plus all the cardiovascular benefits. Unfortunately, it does have a reasonably high incidence of lower back and overuse injuries.

The ribs are another area that can come under a lot of stress as a result of rowing and fractures are common to athletes who train and compete often.

Rowing injuries can also come in the form of muscle strains in the arm or elbow tendinitis.

The rowing stroke is a repeated continuous cycle, from a position with the legs flexed, elbows straight to a fully extended knee position and elbow flexion with the oar handle drawn into the body. A strong back is a vital component to increase power and avoid injury. Poor technique is common and leads to injury.

Rowers should always be looking to improve the way they row to reduce their risk of injury. To avoid rowing injuries you should ensure you undertake core and strength training that will provide you with the muscular power to cope with the demands of the sport.

Rowing Injury Risk Factors

Some of the risk factors that can increase your risk of rowing injury include:

1. Poor technique

2. Lack of fitness

3. Overtraining

Rowing Injury Prevention Suggestions

  • Attain a good level of general health and fitness.
  • Warm up thoroughly.
  • Stretching is an important part of your cool down routine.
  • Have your biomechanics, muscle lengths and strengths assessed by a sports physiotherapist to assess your weaknesses to prevent an injury.