What is your sport: Dragon Boating

This curiously named sport originated in China, as you may have guessed based on the dragon imagery.

The sport is played with two teams – of either ten or twenty competitors – paddling toward the finish line in a dragon boat.

The whole team must work together in perfect harmony in order to get the boat moving in a momentum and ultimately, win. Each team sits in pairs, and a steerer is located at the back of the boat correcting its course.

In dragon boating, teams cover distances of 200m, 500m, 1000m, or 2000m. Much like rowing, dragon boating requires incredible upper body and core strength.

If you think it isn’t a cardio sport, you’re mistaken. Dragon boating isn’t for the faint-hearted, you need to be in peak physical shape if you have any ambition of competitively competing in this sport.


Bowling Injuries

Main Muscles Used in Dragon Boating:

Deltoids, Abdominals, Obliques, Latissimus Dorsi, Biceps, Triceps, Rhomboids. 



Common Muscle Injuries from Dragon Boating:

Common muscle injuries from dragon boating will often come as a result of the strenuous act of paddling repetitively.

These injuries typically tend to be lower back issues, shoulder impingement, tendinitis in the hands, and even carpal tunnel syndrome from clutching the paddle so tightly.


How Can You Alleviate Your Dragon Boating Injuries?

As a preventative measure, you want to make sure that you are in peak physical form before attempting to paddle competitively. If you aren’t strong enough to keep pace with the other paddlers, you could be at greater risk of sustaining an injury.


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