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On the Kinematics of the Forward-Facing Venetian-Style Rowing Technique

Grima, Joseph N., Cerasola, Dario, Sciriha, Anabel, Sillato, Darren, FORMOSA, Cynthia, GATT, Alfred, Gauci, Michael, Xerri de Caro, John, NEEDHAM, Robert, CHOCKALINGAM, Nachiappan and Agius, Tonio P. (2023) On the Kinematics of the Forward-Facing Venetian-Style Rowing Technique. Bioengineering, 10 (3). p. 310. ISSN 2306-5354

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This work presents a qualitative and quantitative pilot study which explores the kinematics of Venetian style forward-facing standing rowing as practised by able-bodied competitive athletes. The technique, made famous by the gondoliers, was replicated in a biomechanics laboratory by a cohort of four experienced rowers who compete in this style at National Level events in Malta. Athletes were marked with reflective markers following the modified Helen Hayes model and asked to row in a manner which mimics their on-water practise and recorded using a Vicon optoelectronic motion capture system. Data collected were compared to its equivalent using a standard sliding-seat ergometer as well as data collated from observations of athletes rowing on water, thus permitting the documentation of the manner of how this technique is performed. It was shown that this rowing style is characterised by rather asymmetric and complex kinematics, particularly upper-body movements which provides the athlete with a total-body workout involving all major muscle groups working either isometrically, to provide stability, or actively.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: rowing; venetian rowing; kinematics; sports biomechanics; traditional rowing; motion analysis
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Nachiappan CHOCKALINGAM
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2023 15:32
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2023 04:30

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