When going from practicing on the erg in the boathouse to your shell on the river, lake, or open water, immense fortitude and focus are needed to glide across the finish line. Whether relying on the aid of a coxswain in a larger boat or your own stroke in a single, rowers alike know the meaning of hard work. With calluses on their hands and sunburnt shoulders, novices to elites are attuned to the rhythmic sound of the oar slicing the water. No crabs, please. When we protect our rowers, we keep this sport safe and healthy for all.
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