The focus of the conference was on how to translate basic research into rowing and the applied science of rowing sports medicine. Seminars and workshops encompassed the whole spectrum of the rowing world, from scientists and medical teams to coaches and athletes, diving also into the evolution of the rowing boat.
FISA, the international rowing federation behind World Rowing, also used the conference to present their vision for the sport as it comes under increasing pressure from the International Olympic Committee to remain relevant and cost effective within the modern Olympic programme.
Most significantly, FISA confirmed that they would be shortly presenting to the IOC a plan to add coastal rowing to the Olympic programme - a first for the sport.
Skillrow, Leading the Race in a Connected World
National rowing team coaches were particularly eager to test the machine and experience the unique Aquafeel technology, which has been designed to more accurately mimic the stroke profile of on-water rowing.
To explain further, Technogym’s research and innovation managers Giuseppe Fedele and Davide De Remigis were invited to speak at the conference about the research that had been carried out at Technogym’s Health and Research Lab in Italy during Skillrow development.
During their workshop, named “Skillrow, Leading the Race in a Connected World”, Fedele described the development phases leading to Skillrow, starting from the collaboration with Olympic and world’s leading rowers to identify the most pressing needs, to the translation of these needs into concrete engineering at Technogym’s R&D department.
Looking beyond the technical features of the product, De Remigis also described the state of the art UI features and software connectivity Skillrow has to offer. Skillrow is fully connected via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Ant+ connectivity to both the Skillrow and Skillrow Pro mobile apps, allowing athletes and coaches alike to record rowing data and test their performance on the Skillrow racing technology. This technology is especially useful to measure the combined efforts and synchronization of rowers during the race, as it does not simply add up their individual strengths.