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For many years the term “stroke profile” has been known to sports scientists, coaches and athletes. It all started with analysis of the force athletes apply onto the oar. This information is important to measure as it allows us to note the physical strength and power athletes can individually produce. However, the results from that data do not always correlate with the actual results on the water. The reason is very simple, it's more important what you do with the boat than what you do with the oar.
Ever wondered if your start sequence is the best for your crew. Is your sequence - ¾, ¾, ½, ¾, full or full, ½, ¾, ¾, ¾, ¾? Or do you have some other starting sequence that works well? How do you know its actually the best for your crew?
Recently we received a query from a New Zealand based rowing coach wanting to know the same thing.
Hey Ken, just got some stats on our under 15 novice four. 4 times 5 min pieces, 3 mins at 26 spm 2 mins at 28 spm. Starting with a 20 stroke racing start each time. The first two of these 5min pieces were this start sequence, 3/4,1/2,3/4, full strokes. The third and 4th 5 min pieces were start sequences full, 1/2,3/4,3/4,3/4, full strokes.
We also did three 10 stroke starts before the end of the row. All the same sequence
Full,1/2,3/4,3/4,3/4,fullstrokes and so on till ten strokes completed .
If you could tell me which start sequence is faster?? That would be awesome ! Max speed wise and maybe distance covered in the first 15-20seconds or time taken to cover 100m or whatever you think.