Preventing Rowing Injuries

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In both Smithtown and Oceanside Long Island, New York, Physical Therapy Experience is best known for providing individual care to our patients. During rowing season, it is common that many of our patients suffer from rowing injuries. Due to continuous rowing strokes, extended legs, flexed elbows, and constant arm movement injuries may occur. 
Most rowing injuries are caused by:

  • overuse
  • sudden changes in training level
  • technique
  • type of boat being rowed
  • rapid increase in training volume

Many rowing injuries affect the wrist, forearm, rib cage, back (spine), and knees.
Rowing injuries that occur in your back are caused by muscle fatigue from training too often, setting resistance too high, and/or poor technique. These injuries can lead to muscle strains, stress fractures, and disc injuries. Preventing back injuries are essential and can be done in a couple of different ways. Incorporating activities to prevent further back injuries such as:

  • swimming
  • jogging
  • lifting weights
  • certain stretching techniques

In some cases alternating your rowing technique and shorting workouts can also lessen the risk of back injuries.
Other common injuries such as rib stress fractures and wrist pain can take place as well. Rowers affected by rib stress fractures will experience sharp pains in their ribs when rowing and also when breathing heavily. The key to preventing rib stress fractures involves incorporating upper back strengthening exercises, and rest in order to heal successfully.
Wrist injuries can best be prevented by keeping your hand and wrist as warm as possible while rowing, wearing long-sleeved shirts, fleece covers that encase the hand, wrist, and oar while rowing in the cold.
Physical Therapy Experience in Smithtown has a great understanding on how to treat rowing injuries and can guarantee successful treatment. If you are suffering from any rowing injuries please give us a call today!


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