Rowing - Sculling

Rowing - Sculling Fitness Training

Rowing - Sculling Description

Competitive rowing consist of single sculls, double sculls, coxless quadruple sculls, coxless pairs, coxed pairs, coxless fours, coxed fours and eights. Racing distances range from 1,000 to 2,000 meters. Both men's and women's competitions are held.

Rowing - Sculling Warnings

  • People with chronic pain or injury of the hip/pelvis, wrist, elbow, or lower back should seek medical clearance before engaging in rowing.

Rowing - Sculling Risks

  • Lower back strain
  • Tendinitis, fractures of finger, hand or wrist from oarlock
  • Knee problems such as chondromalacia (wearing away of the knee's underside)
  • Bruises and cuts from being hit with the oars in rough water areas
  • Blisters and boils on buttocks due to friction from the rowing movement
  • Water related accidents
  • Outdoor/environmental considerations such as sun exposure, heat exhaustion or heat stroke

Rowing - Sculling Sport-specific applications

  • Collegiate, national, international and olympic level competition

Rowing - Sculling Equipment required

  • Boat (scull)
  • Oars (sculling and sweeping)
  • Footwear: rowing is usually done barefoot or in socks
  • Clothing: usually shorts and jerseys

Rowing - Sculling Applicable substitutions

  • Indoor rowing/ergometer
  • Canoeing/kayaking

Rowing - Sculling Reference sources, organizations and publications

  • The U.S. Rowing Association (USRA): Pan American Plaza, Suite 400, 201 South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46225, (317) 237-5656
  • U.S. Olympic Committee: 1750 East Boulder St., Colorado Springs, CO 80909-5760, (719) 632-5551
  • NCAA: 6201 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66211-2422, (913) 339-1906



Fitness Benefits

  • Cardiorespiratory 3
  • Flexibility 2
  • Muscular Strength 2
  • Muscular Endurance 5
  • Body Fat Recution 2

Fitness Requirements

  • Cardiorespiratory 2
  • Flexibility 2
  • Muscular Strength 2
  • Muscular Endurance 2
  • Coordination/Skill 3

Muscle groups used

Primary muscles: quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteal muscles, upper back (latissimus dorsi, trapezius), rotator cuff muscles, lower back (erector spinae), shoulders, forearms and biceps Assistance muscles: serratus anterior, calves, abdominals, obliques and triceps

Energy expenditure

Approximately 0.093 Calories per minute per pound of body weight

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