Journal of Sports Medicine & Doping Studies

ISSN: 2161-0673

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Rob Baker

United Kingdom

  • Research Article
    A Rowing Ergometer Test to Assess the Arm Contribution in Force Production during the Rowing Stroke
    Author(s): Helen Lavelle and Rob BakerHelen Lavelle and Rob Baker

    Introduction: Rib stress fractures result from a nutcracker action on the ribs as the load on the blade is counteracted by the posterior scapular muscles. One of many factors is the proportion of force production from the arms in relation to the legs. If the arms give more the load on the ribs is greater.Methods: This study sought to find a simple rowing ergometer test which is functional but accurately reflects the ratio of force contribution between the arms and the rest of the body. The new test was used to establish normative data for the protocol and a re-test study was conducted to investigate the reliability of the test protocol.Results: The results were gender specific with men having a higher arm contribution percentage than women. Both groups were tested at two ratings 18 strokes/min and 26 strokes/min (s/m). Bot.. Read More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2161-0673.1000209

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