Faculty Advisor

Brown, Christopher A.


The process of making weight in the sport of lightweight rowing was evaluated for female college-aged athletes. A group of 11 female athletes participating in a United States National lightweight development camp for rowing was observed for a period of 2 months. Health issues affecting the athletes were discovered through responses from the subjects as well as observations. Mental health and disordered eating were found to be the largest problems with this group of rowers. Recommendations were made in hopes of making the process of making weight healthier for the lightweight athlete. Coaches need to intervene when an athlete should not be rowing lightweight because of body size or type, or due to health issues that may arise.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2000

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering