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Rowing: Sport-Specific Concerns for the Team Physician

Karlson, Kristine A. MD

doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e3182699154
Sport-Specific Illness and Injury: Section Articles

Rowing injuries occur mostly from overuse and are seen primarily in the back, rib, knee, and forearm. Many of these have a specific cause owing to the mechanics of the rowing stroke, which are discussed, as are sport-specific treatment strategies. Also discussed are specific injuries sustained on the rowing machine, emergency issues, and special population concerns.

Department of Community and Family Medicine and Orthopaedics, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, NH

Address for correspondence: Kristine A. Karlson, MD, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Dartmouth Medical School, One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756; E-mail:

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