Footplates/boats for rowers

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Footplates/boats for rowers

Post by DW76 » July 18th, 2021, 2:27 pm

Hi, everyone,

I've been using my Concept2 Model D for 15 years now. I love it, and I can't say enough wonderful things about it. Recently, I also joined Dark Horse Rowing and actually started using the logbook (odd at 15 years), and my love of the sport has grown even more.

While I can row arms, trunk, legs, because of spastic displegia in my lower legs/feet, power from my legs is something I really need to focus on when erging, but it has the added benefit of helping me strengthen my legs.

Since 2010, I've wanted to learn how to row on the water. From my initial attempts, the regular foot plates are not compatible. They are essentially too narrow to accommodate the natural shape of my feet and even strapping into them, I'm prevented from bending or easily returning to the Catch position.

I wanted to know if someone here would know of foot plate options to accommodate my needs, as it appears I would need a foot plate to a similar length/design as on the C2 Model D.

Many thanks,

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Re: Footplates/boats for rowers

Post by jamesg » July 19th, 2021, 4:43 am

If you already have a boat you could fit the C2 system as such to the plates, it only needs a few screws.

However I think your best option will be to find a boat club already set up for disabilities. Falling into cold water is no joke for anyone, if distant from the shore. First rule in safety is: what can happen, does.
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