LT 035 | Dr. Jane Thornton – Rib Injuries in Rowing

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In Episode 035 of the LEO Training Podcast I interview Dr. Jane Thornton. Jane Thornton, MD, PhD is an Olympic rower and World Champion. She earned a PhD in sports and exercise medicine and then completed her MD to put her research into action and rethink healthcare delivery. Focusing on physical activity as both prevention and treatment of chronic disease, Jane has developed educational resources and medical curricula in Switzerland, Luxembourg, the U.K., and Canada. She is also passionate about rowing injuries research and lectures on both topics extensively.

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In this interview we focus on rib injuries in rowing, here is what you will learn:

  • Dr. Thornton’s background in medicine and career as a rower
  • Movement as medicine and how physical activity can be prevention
  • More rib stress fractures in the 1990’s | Change in blade design “the big blade”
  • The 3 Big Theories surrounding Rib Injuries
  • Dr. Anders Vinther
  • Diaphragmatic Breathing
  • Strengthening Imbalances
  • Chronic vs. Acute Injuries
  • EMG Studies on firing patterns of muscles surrounding ribs and shoulder girdle

Show Notes:

Make Your Day Harder (Website)

Dr. Jane Thornton (Twitter)

Management of Rib Pain in Rowers: Emerging Issues

Rowing Injuries : An Updated Review (PDF available for purchase only)