The Power and Precision of Adaptive Rowing

Adaptive Rowing is the sport of sweep rowing or sculling where the rower requires modifications to equipment, coaching and program structure to allow for maximum functionality of the rowing stroke. An adaptive rower may be a person who has, but is not limited to Autism, limb amputation, joint limitations, blindness, visual impairment, paraplegia, quadriplegia, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Classifications in adaptive rowing include PR1 Fixed-seat (Arms & Shoulders) for those who can only use arms, PR2 Fixed Seat TA (Trunk and Arms) for those who have mobility in lower abdominals and back, and PR3 LTA (Legs, Trunk and Arms) for those who can use their legs to slide in sliding seat such as an amputee or the visually impaired.
(Sources: US Rowing & California Adaptive Rowing Program (CARP))

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Photo Credit: Scott Beattie

Photo Credit: Scott Beattie