Synchronized rowing… what does that mean?

In rowing it is often assumed that synchrony between rowers in crewed boats will improve performance. In practice this means that coaches often tell the rowers to move the boat together and that the strokes will feel ‘heavy’ if the rowers do not move in synchrony. But what does this synchrony mean in biomechanical terms? How can we define and measure synchrony and does it really enhance the performance?

These questions will be investigated in a new collaboration between the KNRB, the TU Delft and the VUa. Two students of the TU Delft (Janneke Voordouw and Jelte Doeksen) will determine and correlate different measures of synchrony using experimental data and a simulation model. When valid and workable measures are found, possible ways to influence and optimize the synchrony within a boat will be tested.

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