By Jackie Siemon The sport of dragon boat is not conducive to even muscle development due to its one-sided nature. Paddlers often overdevelop or under develop muscle groups as a result of repetitive one-sided movements. This leaves some muscles weak, while others become significantly stronger. Such effects are usually seen in the shoulders and back. These resulting muscle imbalances... Continue Reading →
Choosing the right dragon boat paddle can make or break your race. It directly affects the power and leverage on the water you can achieve as you go through each stage of your dragon boat stroke. Although varying dragon boat designs and weights, seating position, and technique and experience contribute to different paddle sizing demands,... Continue Reading →
Uncompromised core body position is the key to PaddleCore’s core body stroke. If your body position is off at any time throughout your stroke, it can result in diminished power and negatively effect the team’s paddling rhythm. It can be tempting to keep pushing through each phase of your dragon boat stroke in an attempt... Continue Reading →
Years ago, I stopped telling athletes to “reach for the catch.” They were simply reaching and it did not encourage core engagement and extension. Here is what you should say instead.
A dragon boat team captain is responsible for getting the boat moving in the right direction when it comes to everyday management duties. Sometimes it can feel like there is just not enough time. So we have put together the ultimate checklist to help you become the best dragon boat team captain you can be for your team.
To get a head start on dragon boat specific injury prevention exercises, I engaged the help of Khanh Vy, a trusted dragon boat trainer, Certified Athletic Therapist, Registered Kinesiologist, Conditioning Specialist, and Personal Trainer. Here is what he had to say.
There are a few things that will help you prepare for the challenges of creating a dragon boat line-up on race day and even on practice day.
Now that you have your dragon boat team in place, you need a team training program. These guidelines will help you, and we've included a sample training program!