Coronavirus and rowing. Is it dangerous to train? Are there some people at more risk? What precautions should you take? Antonio Spataro, Medical Officer to the Italian Rowing Association, gives his opinion

by Stefano Lo Cicero Vaina (source translated by Gillian Shaw)

Antonio Spataro, President of the Medical Commission for the Italian Rowing Association

Clubs are closing, training sessions suspended and races are at risk. Even the rowing world is suffering the effects of the coronavirus emergency that’s forcing Italy and other countries to organise themselves so as to contain the virus that’s troubling organisations and the population at large. For normal, everyday life it’s enough to follow the directions issued by the Italian Ministry for Health to reduce the risk of infection, but for sports people, they’re wondering if physical activity will put their health at risk during this period. To get some clarity on this, we asked Antonio Spataro, President of the Medical Commission for the Italian Rowing Association.

Mr Spataro, what’s your opinion of Covid-19? Does it cause a simple influenza, as some virologists have said, or is it a particularly dangerous virus?

“Coronavirus is a broad grouping of viruses, which attack the respiratory system. We have known about them for years and have caused illnesses like Sars in the past.  Now, this new respiratory disease is spreading, caused by Covid-19. In 85-90% of cases, this virus develops into a minor or moderate illness Continue reading

“Coronavirus is a broad grouping of viruses, which attack the respiratory system. We have known about them for years and have caused illnesses like Sars in the past.  Now, this new respiratory disease is spreading, caused by Covid-19. In 85-90% of cases, this virus develops into a minor or moderate illness Continue reading

Finishing is the thing

by Vito D Agostino (translated by Gillian Shaw from the source)

From early September, the days seem to be still sleeping when you wake up. The first few rays of sunlight herald a new day and new life into the coffee-aroma-filled room. But not today. Just as the weather forecast had predicted, it had rained in the night and the sky was leaden. Forecasts are rarely wrong these days! Even after sipping my coffee, the semi-darkness of the grey morning remains. Not too different from my mood.window

I face the window and look out. I try to hold on the hope that the distant break in the clouds has cut through the dense nebulous gloom, heavy with rain. Will the weather change? In a few hours? Maybe. But we can’t hang around. Morning training is looming. We have to be moving by 8.

Finishing is the thing

I drive across the bridge to get to the seafront at Bari. The dark, turbulent waves of the sea are uninviting. It’s rougher than we could have imagined, inspiring respect. Since the end of June, the heat and colours of summer have framed our training. Today, the tones and temperature seem to signal the colder months. We leave the changing room in silence. Continue reading