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Shloka Nath

Class of 2025San Jose, CA

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  • "Why do female collegiate level rowers tend to sustain knee injuries at a higher rate than their male counterparts?" with mentor Chanchal (Feb. 20, 2024)

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Why do female collegiate level rowers tend to sustain knee injuries at a higher rate than their male counterparts?

Started June 16, 2023

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Rowing is a team oriented water sport using oars for propulsion of the boat. Sweeping and sculling (two types of rowing) are physically demanding—requiring upper body, core, and leg muscles. The sport involves repetitive motion which leads to rowers often developing overuse injuries as a result of the continuous strain on the same muscles and joints. While general and overuse injuries are common amongst rowers, female athletes are disproportionately negatively impacted. This review aims to investigate the physiological factors contributing to the higher rate of knee injuries among female collegiate-level rowers compared to their male counterparts. Potential factors that may contribute to the increased injury risk in female rowers include anatomical differences, strength imbalances, and biomechanics. As a result of such constituents, women are at greater risk for conditions such as patellofemoral pain syndrome or patellar tendinopathy. Understanding these factors is crucial for injury prevention and progressions in training strategies for collegiate athletes to maintain their peak performance.