Too young to Row?

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AndyWicks
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Too young to Row?

Post by AndyWicks » May 3rd, 2021, 9:07 am

Hi,

Can’t really find huge amount of info on this. My 9yo has asked if he could use my rowing machine, thoughts?

I’ve always disagreed with training too young, definitely wouldn’t allow him to do weights, found a few things that advise against starting rowing too young, but also a few to say that due to the low impact, rowing at 10 isn’t a bad thing.

Anyone have any thoughts on this?

Thanks
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Re: Too young to Row?

Post by hjs » May 3rd, 2021, 9:24 am

AndyWicks wrote:
May 3rd, 2021, 9:07 am
Hi,

Can’t really find huge amount of info on this. My 9yo has asked if he could use my rowing machine, thoughts?

I’ve always disagreed with training too young, definitely wouldn’t allow him to do weights, found a few things that advise against starting rowing too young, but also a few to say that due to the low impact, rowing at 10 isn’t a bad thing.

Anyone have any thoughts on this?

Thanks
Would not worry about it, let him play a bit, could very well be short lived. The dartsgame is a nice tool for kids. Serious training is offcourse a no go.

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Re: Too young to Row?

Post by Dangerscouse » May 3rd, 2021, 9:34 am

I'd be inclined to let him row, as you wouldn't stop him cycling or swimming. It's a good all round exercise that you can control relatively easily with a minimum drag.
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Re: Too young to Row?

Post by Dutch » May 3rd, 2021, 9:37 am

Here is a link to British rowing, kids can start their otw courses at 11 years old.
https://www.britishrowing.org/go-rowing ... w/juniors/

I dont see a problem with your lad starting at 9 years old at all, I think your focus for him should be good technique and fun and encouragement of activity. A few press ups and stretching would not harm either.
I definitely think a rowing machine is no worse than football or gymnastics when you consider the possible injury risks of the latter two, broken or twisted limbs etc.
I just think you need to keep it fun and teach good form. Training for performance and training for fun are 2 different things. How many people did you see running in the lockdown who you could have walked faster than? But they seemed to enjoy it.
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Re: Too young to Row?

Post by max_ratcliffe » May 3rd, 2021, 9:39 am

AndyWicks wrote:
May 3rd, 2021, 9:07 am
Hi,

Can’t really find huge amount of info on this. My 9yo has asked if he could use my rowing machine, thoughts?

I’ve always disagreed with training too young, definitely wouldn’t allow him to do weights, found a few things that advise against starting rowing too young, but also a few to say that due to the low impact, rowing at 10 isn’t a bad thing.

Anyone have any thoughts on this?

Thanks
My 9yo loves the erg, or he did for a month or so.

The main problem is getting him to understand that there might be long term repercussions of poor form, and he gets very upset if I try to make suggestions to his style.

This would be the main problem with weights too IMO. The stories of epiphyseal growth plates getting damaged by weight training are myths, and weight training is generally safer than, say soccer. But I wouldn't trust him to behave with weights, and there would be lots of PB attempts and missed lifts unless I supervised him all the time.

Physically, training when young isn't too big a deal as I understand it. It's more that pushy parents can ruin a child's natural enthusiasm for just having fun.
50 HWT
PBs:
Rower 1'=329m; 500m=1:34.0; 1k=3:25:1; 2k=7:16.5; 5k=19:44; 6k=23:24; 30'=7582m; 10k=40.28; 60'=14621m; HM=1:27:46
SkiErg 1'=298m; 500m=1:42.4; 1k=3:36.0; 2k=7:43.8; 5k=20:35; 6k=25:29; 30'=7239m; 10k=42:35; 60'=13358m; HM=NGTFH

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Re: Too young to Row?

Post by AndyWicks » May 3rd, 2021, 9:41 am

Thanks guys.

Was definitely think about limiting his time/distance and spending time with him showing correct technique.

He plays football and does lots of football training drills, as you say, that’s just as bad, but we limit it so it’s not full on. I’ll try taking similar approach.
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Re: Too young to Row?

Post by max_ratcliffe » May 3rd, 2021, 9:45 am

My older lad plays baseball, and that's one sport where they are very strict about too much, too soon.

Pitchers are only allowed to pitch a few dozen times before they have to swap out. Of course, it's also useful to ensure that teams aren't completely dominated by one man-child who hits puberty two years before everyone else, but it really is motivated by trying to protect young shoulders and elbows.
50 HWT
PBs:
Rower 1'=329m; 500m=1:34.0; 1k=3:25:1; 2k=7:16.5; 5k=19:44; 6k=23:24; 30'=7582m; 10k=40.28; 60'=14621m; HM=1:27:46
SkiErg 1'=298m; 500m=1:42.4; 1k=3:36.0; 2k=7:43.8; 5k=20:35; 6k=25:29; 30'=7239m; 10k=42:35; 60'=13358m; HM=NGTFH

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Re: Too young to Row?

Post by JoeChaos » May 5th, 2021, 12:03 pm

Our 8 yo got more use out of ours than I did when it finally turned up. That was because I broke my arm week or two before.

He also found the fish game and loves it.

I think it's OK to let them have a go. Our lad does a few 5 minute sessions through the day.

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