Rowing was described by P.E. Vernon in 1929 as “a process of continual warfare between the physiological and psychological functions.” In the nearly 90 years since nothing has changed! Rowers still put their bodies through extraordinary riverside battles on a daily basis. As a result, rowing-related injuries are common. The most common type of injuries are through overuse. Therefore, good rowing biomechanics are essential. However, if performed incorrectly, rowing leads to injury.
Rowing-related injuries can affect just about any part of the body. However, the injury that we most commonly see and treat is chronic back pain. In other instances, we see more unusual conditions such as Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome of the forearm and stress fractures of the ribs.
COMMON ROWING-RELATED INJURIES
Some common rowing-related injuries include:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Hip impingement
- Rotator cuff disorders
- Rib pain
A study of 1600 former collegiate rowers in the USA showed that 32% had a history of back pain. Rowers are also prone to over-training syndrome or “unexplained under-performance syndrome” or, in other words, “burnout”. This refers to prolonged fatigue and reduced performance despite increased training.
ROWING INJURY MANAGEMENT AT THE PUTNEY CLINIC
We offer a complete rowing injury management and prevention service. This service is led by Dr Courtney Kipps, a consultant in sports medicine. In conjunction with experts in physiotherapy, osteopathy, and sports massage, we can quickly assess and treat your injury under one roof. Through our partners, we can also arrange consultations with cutting edge sports scientists, rowing coaches, sports psychologists and personal trainers. Perhaps you currently have an injury that is affecting your rowing training? Maybe you have a recurring injury that just refuses to get better? Or you just want to know how to prevent injuries happening in the first place? If this is so, come and see one of our experts for a complete review.
FINDING THE RIGHT TREATMENT FOR YOU
We recommend that you complete our free health assessment form and a member of the team will contact you to book an initial consultation with Dr Courtney Kipps or one of our other sports injury specialists. Treatments within our Sports Injury Clinicare difficult to price without first understanding your specific requirements. You can consult our basic sports injury clinic fees here. If you wish to make an appointment at our Sports Injury Clinic, please call us on 020 8789 3881.