Paddling fast and nailing long runs is a key part of the training process. However, one of the most often neglected aspects of training, especially since paddlers are almost always obsessed with pushing harder each day, is the recovery process. Not everyone will have the time necessary to perform this routine after every hard workout. Some might be able to fit it in after regattas, others might be able...Read more
Featured image supplied by Komodo Paddle Club Dragon boating is a sport and as such you may have noticed that 24 to 48 hours after a training session or Regatta, you feel sore. This soreness is known as delayed onset muscle soreness or DOMS. Special Note: One way to make sure what you're suffering from is DOMS and not an injury, see if the pain...Read more
The previous post in this series, “Why You Need To Strengthen Your Shoulders”, described the role of the rotor cuff and other muscles in the stabilisation of your shoulder. This post will outline some of the exercises you can do to strengthen these muscles so that you have a long paddling career with minimum injuries. Firstly, here is a reminder of the muscles we are aiming to work on.
Sore Shoulders? There are a myriad of reasons why your shoulder hurts--from poor paddle technique and posture, over-training, unilateral (one-sided) paddling, long paddles (longer paddles = more load forcing upon the shoulder), etc. However, working the back shoulder muscles and stabilizers that hold the scapula in the correct position will be the keys to avoiding problems like shoulder...Read more