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Question: Help please! The effects of rowing on piano playing...

 webbosoft - Thu Nov 04, 2004 8:19 am


I am 14 years old and I have just taken up serious rowing (both rowing
and sculling). However, I am also a very keen piano and organ player.
What I would like to know is whether or not rowing (about 2hrs/day
6days/wk) would have any negative effects on my instrumental playing.
My piano teacher says that the actions of rowing would (amongst other
problems) inhibit the fine motor movements in my wrists. Is this true?

Thanks very much.
 Dr. A. Saif - Thu Nov 04, 2004 5:23 pm

User avatar Hi Webbo,

I reckon your piano teacher may have a better idea than me...but here is logic would suggest...

Rowing produces enormous stresses on your joints. Done at the right pace and intensity (and what is right varies from individual to individual) this will be good exercise and strengthen your wrists, and in fact your whole body. While it is possible that the muscular hypertrophy may compromise fine motor skills done on its own, provided you keep playing the piano regularly enough, this should not be problem. One problem is that strenuous physical activity is more likely to lead to injuries...and it is this that is mre likely to affect your dexterity on the keyboard...

Hope this helps

 webbosoft - Fri Nov 05, 2004 6:56 am

Thanks very much!

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