For the first time I came across rowing biomechanics when I was a junior rower in 70-ties. A small man with big suitcase arrived to our training camp. He spent half a day with our boat and then we rowed with a thick cable, which hanged from a big fishing rod installed on the speedboat. I was shocked when I saw my force curve for the first time in my life and when the man explained to me my good points and mistakes. It is hard to say what was the reason, but we won FISA world junior championship that year.
Location of the points of force application to the oar in rowing is interesting because it defines an actual gearing ratio, which is very important for both training and racing. The force is applied to the oar at three points: the handle, gate and blade. While location of the gate force is quite obvious (at the projection of the center of the pin), location of two other forces may vary for the following reasons:...
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