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Interesting, but not practically useful
on November 8, 2013
This book is a collection of about thirty articles covering many aspects of rowing at an elite level written by scientists, coaches, and athletes (most of whom are now coaches) with vast experience and accomplishments in rowing. The sections of the book are The Philosophy of Rowing, Long-Term Athlete Development, Rowing Science, Training in Rowing, Racing, and The Future of Rowing.
While good to elite rowers will find some of the articles interesting, the book is geared towards coaches wanting to get the most out of their athletes. Some of the topics are coaching philosophy, long-term athlete development, understanding how athletes learn, rowing physiology and biomechanics, strength training, nutrition, the psychology of rowing, how to select athletes, racing and tapering for races, boat setup, and the future of rowing.
Almost all of the articles evidence some or all of the following shortcomings: have minimal context, are largely an overview and seem incomplete, cram too much technical information in too short of a space, etc. While the articles are often interesting, because of the brevity, incompleteness, and complexities, it is not clear how to practically use the information. It is doubtful that a good rower could take this book and put him- or herself on a path to being a faster rower.