We Can Row Buffalo - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)




1. I have never done any sports before. What can I expect?

Here's what you can expect:


1. First, you need to contact us and we will arrange for you to have a "buddy" to help you with the process. Buddies are established members of WeCanRow-Buffalo.

2. We have a number of forms for you to fill out. They include an intake form that requires you to get your healthcare provider's permission to engage in this physical activity.

3. You do not need prior rowing experience to participate. The program is geared to be a recreational learn to row program.

2. What will workout sessions be like in the winter months?

 

Our We Can Row Coaches will be teaching how to row on ergometers (ergs) as well as established workouts specific for rowing.


3. Can I just do the Summer Session?

 Participants must complete a Winter Session to be able to participate in the Summer Sessions. When you are learning how to row it is important to learn the basics and practice on the ergometers prior to entering the boat.

 

4. How much does it cost?

There is a membership fee of $100.00. This will be reviewed annually. All new members will receive a WECANROW-BUFFALO team shirt.


5. Where does We Can Row meet?

Summer rowing is held at BSRA, 405 Ohio St. Buffalo. Fall TherEx sessions are held on the UB south campus, in Diefendorf Annex. The Winter workout sessions (February - March) will take place at BSRA (or, if the boathouse is not complete, the Valley Community Center).

6. As a result of my cancer therapy, my lymph nodes were removed. I'm concerned that rowing could cause lymphedema. Are you aware of any medical research about the incidence of lymphedema associated with rowing?

You need to speak with your doctor about your individual situation. Dr. Carolyn Kaelin, a physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, is studying female cancer ' survivors who row. A report about Dr. Kaelin's medical practice says, "...Yet even though rowing is a rigorous, repetitious, and demanding arm exercise, none of the rowers in Dr. Kaelin's practice has lymphedema. The theory is that paced activity to build up arm strength and gradually stressed the lymphatics widens the remaining channels to accommodate the increased flow of lymph fluid." The National Lymphedema Network (NFN) reports that the majority of individuals with lymphedema can safely perform aerobic and resistive exercise using the affected parts of the body when compression garments are worn, the affected body part is not exercised to fatigue and appropriate modifications are adopted to prevent trauma and over use. The NFN also says that the majority of individuals who are at risk for lymphedema can safely perform aerobic and resistive exercises using the "at risk" part of the body when exercises are initiated at low intensity and increased gradually. In any event, if you have concerns about this issue, you should review them with your physician.



 


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