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Rowing Biomechanics


Using the BioRow system, Sport Performance Consulting is able to analyze rowers' movements, using real time data to correct technical errors and improve rowers' efficiency. The only company currently offering this level of biomechanical analysis for rowers in North America, our goal is to educate both coaches and athletes and help improve performance. To find out more about our services and how we can help you improve, take a look at the different services we offer in rowing biomechanics below or, for more in depth training options, visit our packages page to find out how we can customize our programs to suit your individual or team needs.

Rowing Biomechanics Packages

We offer the following packages for biomechanical analysis. To view additional packages and services that combine rowing biomechanics, sport physiology and dry land training, visit our full packages page or contact us for more information, pricing and customized packages to suit your specific goals.

Basic:

Option A) An off water session with Catch Training System.

Option B) Testing on water, data print out, explanation of the results;

What you get: Basic data samples about your biomechanical specifics in the boat and blade work. Body movement, rowing style, mistakes and targets to aim for. Individual recommendations will be addressed based on the testing results.

Comprehensive (2 sessions):

Option A)

Session 1. Off water – Practice with Catch Training Factor system. It is one of the best and fastest ways to work and improve handle- to -seat coordination with real time feedback equipment. Great tool to get a feel of proper sequence and movement coordination at the catch and beginning of the drive phase.

Session 2. Testing with BioRow system with video analysis, data printout and explanation;

Option B)

Session 1. Testing with BioRow to identify individual or a crew specifics that needs to be targeted and improved.

Session 2. Work with BioRow real time to improve the targeted mistakes from the Session 1.

What you get: This option requires to absorb a good amount of information in one session. After practicing on the land and doing tests on water, you will be able to understand principles and mechanics of handle to seat coordination and to be able to bring that knowledge into practice to performance on water as well as to receive an analysis of the boat dynamics, blade work and body movement. If you choose an option to work with real time feature, it is an excellent and the fastest way to understand and to make those small but critical adjustments in the technique and performance.

Performance

a) Blood lactate testing.

b) Off water - Catch Training Factor System practice (Handle to seat coordination with real time feedback system);

c) Testing with BioRow system with video analysis, data printout and explanation.

What you get: This package is for those who really wants to know about how to do it right. Knowing your physiological capacities, specific pulse and workload zones in combination with biomechanical analysis, makes this package special and very informative;

Day 1: Testing on water, video analysis, data feedback print out.

Day one focuses on identifying and addressing critical errors in technique and also includes:

  • Off water education session in technique and assessment of biomechanics of body movement including:
    • Proper sequencing of leg muscles during drive phase
    • Hip rotation (rock over/swing phase)
    • Shoulder stability (ability to hold the load on the handle)

Day 2: Work with BioRow real time feedback mode to help adjust the mistakes from Day 1 and allow athletes to work with a coach to optimize changes in technique assessed in Day 1. The real time feedback system allows us to see the rower's angles, depth of the oar, force, trunk movement, speed of the leg drive, segmental shares etc and analyze/correct errors in real time, while the athlete is still in the water.
One of the major objectives of training camps is to make great shifts in technique, knowledge and performance for shorter period of time. Practicing for multiple days with real time feedback system on and off the water, knowing and seeing the visual targets can help to rewire already existing movement patterns to the new ones. Training camps could be arranged for small groups as well as an integrated service for already existing camps. For more information or to arrange a training camp, please contact us.

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Force Sensor

Seat Sensor

Oar angle sensor

Logger

Trunk movement sensor

  • Software

    Software: has unique algorithms that allows us to analyze the collected rowing data and easily compare various samples (rowers in the boat, various strokes rates, previous and current data). The software allows us to compare previous data samples with the current one, showing a client’s progress over time. Click here to view examples of our reports. The report can be customized based on individual preferences of the athlete or coach or presented based on a standard data set as follows:

    • A summary page with information about the boat velocity, acceleration, roll, pitch and yaw at different stroke rates;
    • A summary page for each rower with information about the oar angles, angles consistency, forces, power and jouls, blade work, legs, trunk and arms sequence and share percentage at different stroke rates;
    • For a crew boat, a summary page for each rower comparing work to other team mates. Synchronization and timing. Visual areas to improve
    • Pages for each sample with detailed information about biomechanical variables

  • Equipment

    Force sensors are attached on the oars and measure the force applied to the oar handle by means of detection of the shaft flex. The sensor is small, light and can be used on both sculling and sweep oars.

  •  
    Equipment

    Seat Sensor Seat Sensor measures the position and velocity of the seat during the drive and recovery phases. This allows us to see the change in direction of the seat relative to the oar's movement and how this reflects on force build up. By combining data about arms, trunk, seat movement, segmental coordination and velocity and comparing this to the force, allows us to analyze the force curve and further understand the involvement of the segmental parts during the drive phase.

  • Equipment

    2D Oar angle sensors: measure the position of the oar shaft in both the horizontal and vertical plane. This allow us to track the angle of the blade relative to the water level, catch and release slips as well as effective angles.

  • Equipment

    Logger is the main piece of equipment. It collects all the data from the sensors, which can be downloaded and analyzed. It can also transmit the data parameters in real time to the computer in the coach's boat. During the test, its main functions are: boat velocity, acceleration, GPS and gyro, which allows us to accurately determine the most accurate rower- boat movement.

  • Equipment

    Trunk Sensor Trunk Sensor is mounted on the stern of the boat. A string from the sensor attaches to the rower's back, level with the top of his or her shoulder blades. During recording, the sensor picks up trunk movement throughout the stroke cycle, an important piece of information when analyzing the force curve. Using the information from seat and arm movement, we can determine the segmental share as well as individual rowing styles.

Why test with BioRow?

With the BioRow telemetry system we can evaluate, compare and give precise data analysis feedback that will allow athletes to make small but essential adjustments to improve their technique and the efficiency of their stroke. Collected over two decades, data samples from rowers of different countries will allow us to compare your data with the target to determine what you need to improve or change to maximize performance. This data will help you or your coach to build a proper training plan.

Data Samples

Rowing Biomechanics Packages

We offer the following packages for biomechanical analysis. To view additional packages and services that combine rowing biomechanics, sport physiology and dry land training, visit our full packages page or contact us for more information, pricing and customized packages to suit your specific goals.

Basic: Testing and data print out and explanation

Comprehensive: Testing with video analysis, data printout and explanation

Testing (Basic or Comprehensive) and workshop in rowing biomechanics and technique

Day 1: Testing on water, video analysis, data feedback print out.

Day one focuses on identifying and addressing critical errors in technique and also includes:

  • Off water education session in technique and assessment of biomechanics of body movement including:
    • Proper sequencing of leg muscles during drive phase
    • Hip rotation (rock over/swing phase)
    • Shoulder stability (ability to hold the load on the handle)

Day 2: Work with BioRow real time feedback mode to help adjust the mistakes from Day 1 and allow athletes to work with a coach to optimize changes in technique assessed in Day 1. The real time feedback system allows us to see the rower�s angles, depth of the oar, force, trunk movement, speed of the leg drive, segmental shares etc and analyze/correct errors in real time, while the athlete is still in the water.
Training camps involve multiple days of testing and training with the real time feedback system. Training camps are tailored to the needs and goals of coaches and athletes. For more information or to arrange a training camp, please contact us.

Request an Appointment

Sport Physiology
  • Software

    Software: has unique algorithms that allows us to analyze the collected rowing data and easily compare various samples (rowers in the boat, various strokes rates, previous and current data) The software allows us to compare previous data samples with the current one, showing a client's progress over time. Click here to view examples of our reports. The report can be customized based on individual preferences of the athlete or coach or presented based on a standard data set as follows:

    • A summary page with information about the boat velocity, acceleration, roll, pitch and yaw at different stroke rates;
    • A summary page for each rower with information about the oar angles, angles consistency, forces and power, blade work, legs, trunk and arms sequence and share percentage at different stroke rates;
    • Pages for each sample with detailed information about biomechanical variables

  • Equipment

    Force sensors are attached on the oars and measure the force applied to the oar handle by means of detection of the shaft flex and accurately calculatesrowing power. The sensor is small, light and can be used on both sculling and sweep oars.

  •  
    Equipment

    Seat Sensor Seat Sensor measures the position and velocity of the seat during the drive and recovery phases. This allows us to see the change in direction of the seat relative to the oar�s movement and how this reflects on fore build up. By combining data about arms, trunks, seat movement, segmental coordination and velocity and comparing this to the force, allows us to analyze the force curve and further understand the involvement of the segmental parts during the drive phase.

  • Equipment

    2D Oar angle sensors: measure the position of the oar shaft in both the horizontal and vertical plane. This allow us to track the angle of the blade relative to the water level, catch and release slips as well as effective angles.

  • Equipment

    Logger is the main piece of equipment. It collects all the data from the sensors, which can be downloaded and analyzed. It can also transmit the data parameters in real time to the computer in the coach�s boat. During the test, its main functions are: boat velocity, acceleration, GPS and gyro, which allows us to accurately determine the most accurate rower- boat movement.

  • Equipment

    Trunk Sensor Trunk Sensor is mounted on the stern of the boat. A string from the sensor attaches to the rower�s back, level with the top of his or her shoulder blades. During recording, the sensor picks up trunk movement throughout the stroke cycle, an important piece of information when analyzing the force curve. Using the information from seat and arm movement, we can determine the segmental share as well as individual rowing styles.

Why test with BioRow?

With the BioRow telemetry system we can evaluate, compare and give precise data analysis feedback that will allow athletes to make small but essential adjustments to improve their technique and the efficiency of their stroke. Collected over two decades, data samples from rowers of different countries will allow us to compare your data with the target to determine what you need to improve or change to maximize performance. This data will help you or your coach to build a proper training plan.

Data Samples