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 →
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.
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.