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IF IT WASN’T SCREWED ON

Dr Ed Wittich, BSc. Applied Science, MSc.

Osteopathy, BAT Logic Performance Consultant

The importance of the head and neck in rowing

A major factor affecting total body movement and control in rowers is the tendency to instinctively move towards where your head/neck and eyes do, in much the same way that a panicking driver stares directly at the obstacle they least want to hit in an accident and, in doing so, directs attention and movements towards that object as a consequence. In other words where the head or eyes lead, the body will follow.

Some anatomy first. The cervical spine (the anatomical term for the neck) is made up of seven cervical vertebrae, all of quite varying shapes.

BIOMECHANICS

“Being able to achieve length in the neck and spine will improve body positioning for force production and breathing through the rowing stroke.”

FIG.1: THE HEAD AND NECK

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