Fancy Way to Say Elite Paddlers are Better
Dr. Will recently sent me a research paper that was published in the Journal of Sports Sciences. The title of the paper was “Biomechanical Analysis of Dragon Boat Paddling: A comparison of Elite and Sub-Elite Paddlers.”
12 pages of gibberish can be summed up as follows: Elite paddlers are better than sub-elite paddlers because they are stronger and have better technique. Doy.
Quite apparently, the more blade pressure on the blade while maximizing the time the blade is in its optimal position, the better the stroke.
Different coaches will teach how to do this differently. For blogging purposes, what I’ll tell you is that you do not keep the blade in its optimal position by collapsing your top arm.
There, who said I never discuss technique on this blog?