Adaptive rowing is for rowers with a disability who meet the criteria set out in the C.R.A.S.H.B. Adaptive Rowing Classification Definitions and Regulations (see below). Adaptive implies that the equipment is adapted to the user to practice the sport, rather than the sport being adapted to the user. Rowers may compete in a more functional sport class than their assigned sport class, but not a less functional sport class.
C.R.A.S.H.-B. Adaptive Rowing Classification Definitions and Regulations
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES)- Technology allows paraplegics without the use of their legs to stimulate paralyzed leg muscles in the athlete. The rowers can control their legs by pressing a button on the rowing machine handle, which then transmits electrical impulses through the electrodes to their leg muscles. This way a rhythm between their stroke action and leg movements can be maintained. Prior experience using the FES system is required.
Arms-Shoulders (AS)- This class is for rowers who have minimal trunk function (i.e. Shoulder function only). An AS class rower is able to apply force predominantly using the arms and/or shoulders. These athletes will likely also have poor sitting balance. In addition, these athletes are not able to use the sliding seat to propel the boat because of significantly weakened function or mobility of the lower limbs.
Trunk –Arms (TA)- This class is for rowers who have functional use of the trunk and who are not able to use the sliding seat to propel the boat because of significantly weakened function or mobility of the lower limbs.
Athletes requiring the use of fixed seats should plan on erg adaptation prior to race day if possible. Arrangements will be made available for fittings throughout the day on Saturday February 27th, 2016. Specific details will be available through the Registration process and via Mark McAndrew of Concept 2.
Legs-Trunk-Arms (LTA)- This class is for rowers who have functional use of their leg(s), trunk and arm(s) for rowing and who can utilize the sliding seat. This category includes
- LTA-P- physically disabled
- LTA-AK- above the knee amputee
- LTA-V- (1,2,3) visually impaired
- LTA-I- intellectually disabled
Race Day Information
Full details will be available after registration as well as at athlete check in, and at the World Information Head Quarters on race day.
Parking – The last two parking spots on Commonwealth Avenue, nearest the corner of Agganis Way, will be blocked off to allow for adaptive rowers to be dropped of safely. Our volunteers will meet them there and escort them to the check-in area while drivers will park. Accessible parking is also available in the Agganis Arena parking structure.
Check-in – Upon arrival at the arena, athletes will register and then check in with the Adaptive Athlete table on the left side of the foyer. There will be a dedicated coordinator at this table to match event volunteers with athletes.
Elevator to the competition floor – After check-in, a volunteer will lead the rower and their designated coach/assistant to an elevator for transport to the competition floor. The elevator lets off with a clear path to the visitor locker area, located on the east side of the floor. There, rowers will be able to use the facilities, stage gear, and rest with their designated coat or assistant prior to the competition.
Warm up – Warm up will be available on the competition floor 30 minutes prior to the start of racing.
Race Time – As their heat time nears and adjustments are made to their respective ergs, rowers will be led from the visitor’s locker room to the competition floor. They will row and after their heat, will be assisted by volunteers back to the locker room. From there, rowers who are able to exit through the stands may do so. Those requiring assistance will be led back to the elevatiors and taken wherever they would like to go in the building. All coaches/assistants must leave the competition floor when their athletes leave.
Awards – Award presentation will follow after events and be located in the Vender Village.