Chapter 2. Biomechanics

  1. Niels H. Secher MD, DMSc2 and
  2. Stefanos Volianitis PhD3
  1. V. Kleshnev PhD

Published Online: 30 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444312614.ch2



How to Cite

Kleshnev, V. (2007) Biomechanics, in Rowing (eds N. H. Secher and S. Volianitis), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444312614.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Anesthesia, University of Copenhagen, Rigshospitalet 2041, Copenhagen, DK-2100, Denmark

  2. 3

    School of Sport and Education, Brunel University, Uxbridge UB8 3PH, UK

Author Information

  1. National Biomechanics Lead, English Institute of Sport, Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Bisham, Buckinghamshire SL7 1RT, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 1 AUG 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405153737

Online ISBN: 9781444312614



  • biomechanics;
  • lever law – ratio of forces inversely proportional to ratio of velocities;
  • oar pitch – angle between vertical line and blade;
  • propulsive efficiency;
  • reaction force – sum of the drag and the lift forces


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Gearing

  • Mechanics

  • Rowing technique

  • References