Gareth Turner |

Positive adaptations

The GB Rowing Sports Science Team examine areas that Para coaches and athletes need to be aware of when training

Working with the Paralympic rowing squad is no different from working with the Olympic rowing squad. Both squads ‘eat, sleep, train, repeat’ in an attempt to reach the limits of their physiological capacity.

Yes, there are some additional considerations for Para rowers, with regard to training specific muscle groups and optimising the interface between boat and athlete, but the basic training principles remain the same.

However, Para coaches regularly individualise sessions to achieve their desired training outcomes, owing to the unique requirements of their rowers. 

Here are three areas that Para coaches need to consider carefully.

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