Episode 120 | Erin MCConnell: Injury Rehabilitation in Masters Rowers

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Masters rowers you are in for a real treat. This interview is for you!

I sit down with physical therapist, Erin McConnell to discuss in depth her work with the rowers she sees in the greater Boston area at Spaulding Outpatient Center in Brighton. You will walk away with some practical advice you can apply to your own training.

Enjoy the show!

Part 1 | Intro/Bio

Erin McConnell, PT, DPT

Physical Therapist, Advanced Clinician

Education: University of Notre Dame, Bachelor of Science in Science Pre-professional and Psychology; University of Connecticut, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Special Training/Certifications: Advanced Certificate in Rowing Leadership from the Institute for Rowing Leadership 

Selective Functional Movement Assessment, The Manual Therapy Institute Certification Program (in progress)

Clinical Interests: Rowing and running injuries, ACL rehabilitation, adolescent athletes, orthopedic overuse injuries,sports injury prevention.

  • Current work with rowers 
  • Focusing on a specific demographic presently? 


Part 2 | Masters Rowing

  • Training Benefits for the Masters Athletes
    • Power, Strength
    • Prevention of Sarcopenia, lower risk of osteoporosis etc.
    • Low impact activity
  • Injury Stats for Masters Rowers
    • FISA World Masters Regatta 2007
    • .48 injuries per rower
    • Most common site is low back (32.6% injuries)
    • Masters rowers sustain more upper extremity injuries than younger athletes
    • Do we have additional data to go off of for masters rowers? One of the largest and fastest growing populations.
    • Risks/Factors that may not show up in other age groups:
      • Surgery
      • Child birth
      • More orthopedic issues 
  • In your experience what are the most common injuries you see for rowing athletes?
  • Training Strategies to Mitigate Risk
    • Target specific tissues in warm up and cool down
      • What areas need particular focus?
      • Why is this different for masters athletes?
    • Walk athletes through a training session and give them some practical takeaways for on the water and S&C sessions.
    • Movement Variability
    • Masters Rowers who take up the sport later in life and various sports backgrounds.
  • Case Studies
    • Perhaps walk us through some different strategies for males/females with different injuries and how you helped them. (The understanding that these are possible solutions and each individual has to take into context injury/medical/training history.)


Show Notes