GB Rowing Unveils its Secret Weapon

By Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, PRNE
Thursday, September 8, 2011

LONDON, September 9, 2011 -

?High-tech healthcare technology is being hailed as the ’secret weapon’ in the athletic arsenal of the GB Rowing Team following a win of 14 medals at the 2011 World Rowing Championships in Bled, Slovenia.

As the High Performance Partner, Siemens works with the GB Rowing Team on innovative ways to assist the team’s training and the performance of its male, female and adaptive crews.  It provided the GB Rowing Team with a RAPIDPoint® Blood Gas Analyser so the team could gain valuable performance data by monitoring athletes’ adaption to high intensity training.

David Tanner CBE, the GB Rowing Team’s International Manager: ”There is no question that this has helped the GB Rowing Team to improve performance on the water.”

Mark Homer, physiologist with the GB Rowing Team states, “The benefits and effects of training are difficult to measure in the field. While we can effectively monitor aerobic fitness, the adaptation to high intensity training is more difficult to track. For the past two years we have been using the Siemens RAPIDPoint to measure blood pH and bicarbonate. This information also helps us to understand the differences between rowers; areas for improvement; and the importance of this area of physiology to rowing performance in general. This allows us to track how individuals are adapting to high intensity training towards the climax of the racing season.”

A RAPIDPoint 340 features in a new display in the Science Museum in London’s Antenna contemporary science gallery from 25-27 October 2011.  

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