Dr. Volker Nolte, a world-renowned rowing expert and coach, is joined by the world’s top sport scientists as they explain the latest research and apply it across all aspects of the sport. The depth and scope of content are unmatched, as the text provides long-needed insights on topics like these:
- The role of biological attributes, physiology, and metabolism in rowing success
- The biomechanics of stroke efficiency
- Critical components of rowing training programs
- Nutrition and injury prevention
- Mental toughness
- The importance of team culture
The perfect blend of science and application, Rowing Science takes you inside the sport, into the training room and research lab, and onto the water. It’s a remarkable work and is a must-own for any rower who’s serious about performance.
AudienceSerious rowers, rowing coaches, strength and conditioning specialists, and rowing scientists who work with rowers.
Part I. The Role of Biological Attributes vs Practice in Rowing Success
Chapter 1. The Genetics of Performance
Chapter 2. Biological Maturation
Chapter 3. Neurobiology of Rowing
Chapter 4. Mileage Makes Champions
Part II. Rowing Mechanics for Efficiency and Effective Technique
Chapter 5. Biomechanical Principles for Stroke Efficiency
Chapter 6. Optimal Rowing Technique
Chapter 7. Biomechanical Principles to Optimize Rowing Performance
Chapter 8. Shell Design
Glen Burston and Dan Bechard
Chapter 9. Equipment and Rigging to Individual Anthropometry
Part III. Physiology of Rowing
Chapter 10. Overview of Rowing Physiology
Gunnar Treff and Brett Smith
Chapter 11. Rowing Metabolism
Chapter 12. Physiology of Rowing Strength, Speed, and Power
Chapter 13. Environmental Stress
Part IV. Practical Issues and Components of Rowing Training
Chapter 14. Principles of Exercise
Chapter 15. Aerobic and Anaerobic Rowing Conditioning
Chapter 16. Resistance Training
Chapter 17. Cross Training
Chapter 18. Distance-Specific Training
Part V. Practical Application
Chapter 19. Designing Training Programs
Chapter 20. Monitoring Training
Chapter 21. Environmental Countermeasures
Chapter 22. Recovery
Chapter 23. Tapering
Part VI. Sports Medicine for Rowers
Chapter 24. Principles of Rowing Injuries
Chapter 25. Mechanisms and Management of Rowing Injuries
Chapter 26. Medical Aspects of Rowing and Special Populations
Part VII. Rowing Nutrition
Chapter 27. Fueling Strategies
Chapter 28. Optimizing Energy
Chapter 29. Supplements
Part VIII. Psychology of Rowing
Chapter 30. Motivation and Psychological Skills for Optimal Performance
Chapter 31. Building an Effective Team Culture in Rowing
Epilogue. The Future of Rowing
In addition, Nolte was the lightweight men’s national team coach with the German Rowing Association from 1984 to 1990 and with Rowing Canada Aviron from 1992 to 2000. His crews won an Olympic silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Games, two world championship titles in 1993 and 2000, and several more medals at world championships. His latest successes with the Canadian national team were bronze silver medals at the 2012 and 2013 U23 World Championships in the women’s single. In 2015-2016 he again coached the Canadian women’s single, this time to two Pan Am Games gold medals, a first place at the FISA World Cup in Italy, a sixth place at the World Championships 2015, and a 10th place at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.
Nolte received undergraduate degrees in both physical education (1976) and civil engineering (1979) from the University of Saarbrücken and a PhD in biomechanics (1984) from the German Sport University in Cologne, Germany. He is an internationally acknowledged expert in biomechanics and coaching, and he presents frequently at scientific and coach education conferences worldwide. His research includes biomechanics of high-performance sport and coaching. He is also a distinguished researcher in the field of sport equipment, and his innovations range from special measurement tools to new boat designs. His research has produced many papers in refereed journals, articles in various publications, and several books.
For his work in coach education, he received the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in January 2013. For his outstanding success as a coach, he was named Ontario Coach of the Year in 1993 and again in 2014. Finally, Row Ontario presented Nolte with the President's Award in 2017, and Rowing Canada Aviron honored him with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 to recognize his achievements in many areas of rowing.
Nolte is an experienced rower, representing his home country of Germany at several world championships. He is still a keen competitor in the Masters events.
Nolte lives in London, Ontario.
—Cam Kiosoglous, PhD, National Team Sport Science Director for US Rowing