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Friday, 23 January 2009 03:48

Dragon Boat racing began when Dr Don McKenzie, a sport medicine physician and an exercise physiologist, was conducting a research project at the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.  This study looked at the cardio respiratory fitness levels in two groups of women - one group had been treated for breast cancer, the other group had no history of breast cancer.

The breast cancer group had many anecdotal stories about the "don'ts" they had been told after treatment.  Most of this advice restricted activities involving the upper body.  Though well intentioned, there was no published research that supported this information.  A desire to return these individuals to an unrestricted, active lifestyle, as well as the lack of scientific proof to the contrary, was the impetus behind Dr. McKenzie's idea to form this first, all breast cancer survivor's dragon boat team.

Dragon boating was chosen as the venue for several reasons; it is a strenuous, repetitive upper body exercise; it provides an opportunity to work with a large group at one time; it provides a valuable training stimulus which results in a predictable improvement in fitness; it is an esthetically pleasing activity that is fun; Vancouver's Dragon Boat Festival is one of the world's largest and therefore, would visibly provide an excellent opportunity to reach a large number of people. 


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