When we were conducting a study aiming to validate current power output calculations in rowing, Xsens made a really nice short movie about the possibilities of Xsens for research and practice.
Current calculations on rowers’ power output assume boat velocities during the stroke to be constant. However, in practice boat velocity fluctuates due to non constant propulsion (blades are only part of the time in the water) and the rower moving relatively to the boat. This relative movement of the rower may cause power output as well. In this study we aimed to validate current power ouput calculations by including rowers’movements relative to the boat. Measurements on a rower’s movement were done with an Xsens suit in on-water rowing experiments.