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ROWING STYLE

Dr Valery Kleshnev Valery has worked as the biomechanist for both the Australian and British Olympic teams and is considered the world expert in the field of rowing biomechanics.

Historically, correct rowing style has had no strict scientific definition. You could not, for instance, trace its evolution straightforwardly through Peter Mallory’s comprehensive book (1). However, diff erent elements of rowing technique can be put together to create certain styles:

The rower’s posture: The orthodox style – in which a straight back has to be maintained has been challenged by a modern style with more natural posture.

The rhythm: This was understood as various patterns of rowers’ movement during recovery. Two contrasting examples are the Australian-New Zealand style, which incorporates a micro-pause after the finish and an accelerating recovery versus a style with a fast return after the finish and a slowing down before catch, which was used in some European countries.

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