Rowing places a lot of demands upon the body. The rowing athlete needs to pay special attention to their health and nutrition. An added complication for the lightweight rower is the need to "make weight". We've collected below references to some books and articles which might be helpful to the rower.
Please note that many of the links, articles, and books are not restricted only to rowing, we have included them if we feel they have general applicability to rowing in addition to other althetic endeavors.
Healthier Diet Gives Student-Athletes a Leg Up
Junior rowers, like most student-athletes, can gain a competative advantage from a healther diet. This article gives some reason why, along with some tips for sports nutrition and real-life experiences of student-athletes (Seattle Times, May 19, 2011).
Lightweight Training Program Gone Bad
Okay, we've all seen lightweights doing some strange things to make weight. Some will run miles right before a weigh-in, in the hopes of sweating out a few ounces. One fellow, with a truly impressive afro hairstyle, had his head shaved by his teammates. More extreme and dangerous measures include rowers taking Ex-Lax the morning of a regatta ("Uh, cox, I need to get back to the dock, NOW!!!!"). This article shows how really amateur coaching and a drive to "make weight" led two coaches to be charged with child endangerment when they used extrememe measures to get some Pop Warner Football kids under the weight limit in a short amount of time (Traverse City Record-Eagle, Nov. 25, 2007).
Nutrition for Rowers
An introduction into the essentials of fueling the "engine" for rowers (from the Concept2 UK website). Be sure to follow the links to take you through all pages of the article.
Athletes must watch all nutritional supplements
Athletes are strictly responsible for anything that turns up during a urine test, so there is a lot of concern over the unknown contents of supplements, including those added to smoothies and other drinks (Seattle Times, October 11, 2005).
Nutrition for Child and Adolescent Athletes
An article by Oded Bar-Or, M.D., published in the Sports Science Exchange, Vol. 13, No. 2 (2000), beginning p. 77, made available online in PDF (Adobe) format courtesy of Mac Junior Rowing of Marina Del Ray, California.