This our first podcast in a series of conversations we will be having with coaches, athletes, coxes, physiologists and others involved in the sport. This podcast features Adrian Cassidy and Caroline MacManus talking about how best to prepare for a race and how to recover immediately afterwards.


Caz_1Caroline MacManus is currently the Performance Science lead New Zealand Rowing and was previously the lead at the Irish Institute of Sport. Having worked with High Performance sports for the last 20 years, Caroline is based between Dublin and Limerick in Ireland and travels abroad with national teams.

She completed her undergraduate degree at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, then went on to do a Masters at the University of Sydney in Australia. Also 7 years ago completed a physiotherapy degree in the University of Limerick.

Caroline’s interest and primary research in the past has been into the area of muscle fatigue. Since working in the high performance system, research interests have varied over the years. She works in an applied environment, not just in the laboratory. This gives a real understanding of the requirements in a competitive environment.

Having worked mainly with the endurance sports over the last 5 Olympic/Paralympic cycles gives Caroline a wealth of experience at the elite level.

An interesting project Caroline is currently working is a piece of technology which is a three lead ECG device that can be worn during rowing and that will transmit to a smart device. The research team has just completed a validation study against 12-lead ECG at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. The aim is then to test it on rowers on the water with the ultimate goal of it being used within the training environment to inform how the heart is responding to training at given times during the season. There has been a significant number of international rowers, most notably Rob Waddell, who were forced to retire due to cardiac problems. They would have had a difficult journey to diagnosis as symptoms were transient. This device would allow much better monitoring in the field environment.

Follow Caroline on Twitter and ask her any questions about the topic – @carolinemacmanu

Join the conversation on Twitter with us: @rowe_rs @carolinemacmanu & @inst_of_sport

Additional Reading


Here a few journals for those of you who want to read some more about this topic.

Active Cooldown

Effects of Priming and Pacing Strategy on Oxygen-Uptake – Kinetics and Cycling Performance

Effects of prior heavy exercise, prior sprint exercise and passive warming up

Optimizing the “priming” effect:

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