This book serves as an excellent primer for athletes new to the art of sculling. It is also a great resource for coaches and boat builders alike, as it takes a very thorough and holistic approach to the preparation of the 'complete sculler'.
Richard Burnell was an Olympic Gold Medallist (1948) for Great Britain in the men's double sculls. His book provides ample scientific explanation, but is also a great resource for any rower on how to look inward when things may go wrong in the boat.
A former Olympic rower reflects on his evolution from ultra-competitive athlete to supportive coach and offers his game-changing thoughts on achieving success.
Once the embodiment of an aggressive athlete, Jason Dorland used to identify himself according to the results of his competitions--winner or loser. The elite rower was raised with an "in-it-to-win-it" attitude and was trained to think of every competitor as an enemy. It took a devastating loss at the 1988 Olympic Games to shatter this destructive way of thinking, and it took the advice of middle-distance runner Robyn Meagher (who would later become Dorland's wife) to help re-shape his views on what it truly means to win--both in sport and in life.
This book is a masterpiece and is considered the classic of classics for the rowing world!
Features clearly marked components such as the Theory of Rowing, the Art of Rowing, Oars and Boats, Coaching and Muscular Action in Rowing.