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The Biomechanics of Olympic Rowing

The Boys in the Boat  

In The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown, this year’s One Book Northland selection, readers experience the dedication, teamwork, and training required to compete as a member of the 1936 United States Rowing Team. But written words and imagination can only provide so much insight.

What does it mean to row at a rate of 32, 36, or 40? How tough is it to synchronize the movements of eight individual rowers? Wouldn’t it be amazing to see a real demonstration of the muscles, coordination and skills of a rower rather than just rely on the written account?

The event takes place on Tuesday, March 22, at 7 pm in Engineering 290 at UMD and is free to the public.

Faculty members from UMD's Department of Applied Human Sciences, Morris Levy, PhD, and Chuck Fountaine, PhD​, ​will demonstrate and discuss the dynamics and precision required to row and compete​ at any level. ​Drawing on their expertise in biometrics and training, these faculty presenters will share data, compare activities and training methods, and provide live demonstrations of rowing. Expect to learn a lot and possibly sweat a little.

"The Bio-Mechanics of Rowing" is just one of many presentations that are part of the One Book Northland Celebration of The Boys in the Boat. More information about One Book Northland.

​For more information about this event, contact Adam Brisk via email ( or call 218-726-6603​​.

March 2016.
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