Ten thousand steps and more. A challenge, a feat… at 30, 40, 50 years… of women each year participate in the Vogalonga, the regatta which takes place in may in the serene city of Venice, and travelled thirty kilometres on the lagoon. They have a common point, they are fighting against breast cancer. The magazine Thalassa had made a film in 2010, as we discussed in our columns. He chronicled the history of the dragon boat association of the city Together for them, which still offers physical activities for these women.

Before performing such a feat, they were trained in rowing, an activity which is gaining more interest, whether on the water or indoors (rowing in English). In the wake of the act health 2016 on sport on order, the French Federation of rowing, which has about 45, 000 members and 430 clubs, sport health. It has a specific program ” rowing health “. “The goal is to have trained a hundred coaches at the end of the year,” says Yvonig Foucaud, technical advisor of the federation.

Without going as far as the venetian lagoon, courses are offered in the indoor for people who suffer from pathologies, alone or in a group. It’s been ten years that rowing has made its entry as a discipline, paralympic, at the paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008. But its effects on people affected by the disease are poorly documented, apart from a few theses on the subject. Yet, according to the experts, and practitioners, the advantages are many : the rowing is working the strength (muscle mass) and endurance, without trauma osteo-articular. In fact, sitting on a seat-sliding, propulsion begins with the extension of the lower limbs, and spreads to the upper limbs with flexion of the arms.

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