Research Impact: The Olympic distance rowing race is performed over 2000 m. Strength and power training may improve performance by increasing propulsive power during the rowing stroke. Previous studies have used the seven-stroke maximal effort (7SM) test, to assess maximal strength (force) and power output in rowers. However, the reliability of the 7SM test has not been established. The main findings of our study indicate that the 7SM is a reliable test of force, power and stroke rate in national level senior rowers. Therefore, the 7SM test could be used on a regular basis by sports scientists to assess improvements in force/power output as a result of strength/power training programmes.
Nugent, F.J., Comyns, T.M., Ní Chéilleachair, N.J. and Warrington, G.D. 2019. Within-Session and Between-Session Reliability of the Seven Stroke Maximal Effort Test in National Level Senior Rowers. Journal of Australian Strength and Conditioning, 27(4), pp. 22-28. https://www.strengthandconditioning.org/jsac-27-4