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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2012 April;171(2):207-12

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Effect of stroke rate on force, velocity and stroke length during rowing performance: a review

Dimakopoulou E., Kaloupsis S.

Laboratory of Aquatic Sports, Faculty of Physical Education and Sports Sciences, University of Athens, Athens, Greece


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Rowing and sculling are able to offer a very wide range of competitions for all age groups and for both sexes. The race distance is 2000 m on water and the overall boat speed achieved in a race is a function of physical factors, physique, skill and technique, rigging or boat design, psychology and tactics. The purpose of this review is to present the existing information regarding the effect of stroke rate (SR) on boat velocity, stroke length (SL), force application and power production. Viewing the effect of stroke rate on rowing performance could assist coaches to improve their training plan and their intervention to athletes’ technique.

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