Using A Submaximal Test to Predict 2km Performance – By Will Ruth

Sun Protection For Rowers – By Blake Gourley

How Training Camp Stress Impacts HRV in High School Female Rowers – By Joe DeLeo

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Article Summaries

Otter, R., Brink, M., Lamberts, R., & Lemmink, K. (2015). A new submaximal rowing test to predict 2,000-m rowing ergometer performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 29(9).

Twenty-two competitive male rowers performed a 15-minute submaximal erg test consisting of six minutes at 70% heart rate max, six minutes at 80% heart rate max, and three minutes at 90% heart rate max. They also performed a 2km erg test to compare average power during each submaximal stage. The researchers found high consistency in submaximal test performance and significant correlation between final stage performance and 2km performance. Rowers and coaches can use the findings of this study to predict 2km performance and plan training without having to perform frequent exhausting 2km tests.

Buxton, L., Reeder, A., Marsh, L., Iosua, E., McNoe, B. (2021). Erythemal ultraviolet radiation exposure of high school rowers in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Journal of Photochemistry & Photobiology.

Over the course of two rowing seasons, researchers measured the amount of ultraviolet radiation rowers were exposed to during regattas. To collect this data, 43 high school rowers wore small battery powered ultraviolet radiation monitors on their shoulders during 56 races. Researchers found that the majority of rowers exceeded the recommended amount of ultraviolet radiation after only rowing one race. Coaches and rowers should consider taking additional precautions to protect themselves against excessive amounts of sun exposure.

Egan-Shuttler, J., Edmonds, R., & Ives, S. (2018). The efficacy of heart rate variability in tracking travel and training stress in youth female rowers: a preliminary study. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 34(11).

Researchers observed five female high-school rowers before, during, and after a training camp to determine the impact on heart rate variability. The researchers found that heart rate variability, a measure of readiness, was negatively impacted throughout the camp and remained suppressed seven days after the camp had finished. This suggests that the rowers had returned to regular training before they had fully recovered from the training camp.  Coaches and sport scientists can use this information to better plan and adjust their training programs for their athletes and teams.

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