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Fancy Way to Say Elite Paddlers are Better

June 3, 2010

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?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 3, 2010 10:02 am

    I’d like a copy of the article por favor!

  2. Megan permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:09 am

    So then… driving with your bottom arm maintains optimal blade position? More, please.

  3. Lanny permalink
    July 4, 2010 1:20 pm

    Those two articles that you referred to came out of an Australian research group. The lead author on both papers, Sarah Ho, apparently also did a few articles in the dragon boat.net magazine presenting her findings. Of note, it seems they got to use that Merlin Excalibur data aqusition paddle for their research. (Probably convenient since the Merlin is in Australia anyway). Given that a lot of the sports medicine research in the past has mostly dealt with rowing and canoeing, it’s nice to see some specific research relating to dragonboating. If that author is into paddling (which I’m guessing she is), it must be a lot of fun doing research about a sport you love. =)

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