Rowing Warm up Exercises - Full Warm up with Annabel
The warm-up is one of the most important elements of each training session. A good warm-up will help prevent injury. A poor warm-up or no warm-up will invite injury as the muscles will not be adequately prepared for exercise. In our experience a large proportion of athletes at all levels do not give the warm-up the attention that it deserves and often tend to omit parts or only undertake them half-heartedly, a very short sighted practice.
Some athletes tend to think that a warmup on the water removes the need for the land warmup as depicted in the video. This is not the case as the range of movement in the boat is not sufficient to prevent injury and in the boat the body is under load.
If the athlete has any injuries prior to the training session this should be noted as the warm up may need to be changed accordingly. An injured athlete should seek professional medical advice before exercising. Each rower needs to use common sense when it comes to exercising with injuries.
Certain athletes will need a modified warm-up if they have any particular injury or are particularly tight in some area of their body. In cases such as these we suggest simply inserting additional exercises into the warm-up depicted in the video above. In some cases it will be necessary to remove parts of the "standard" warm-up in order to avoid stressing an existing injury.
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