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J Sports Sci. 1987 Summer;5(2):93-103.

A study of the forces exerted by an oarsman and the effect on boat speed.

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Liverpool, UK.

Abstract

A model of the motion of a single-scull rowing hull has been developed and verified against rowing performance data. The model was then used to explore the effect of changes in the cyclic rowing force on the boat speed. The calculations have shown that the shape of the rowing force curve and the proportion of recovery time in the total stroke can have an important effect on the boat speed. It has also been shown that a study of the fluid mechanics of the oar blade would be advantageous in determining whether a reduction in the power wasted can be obtained by changing the ratio of rowing force to normal force.

PMID:
3441021
DOI:
10.1080/02640418708729769
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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