What is dragon boating?
Can anyone paddle a dragon boat? Do I have to be an athlete?
What is the connection between dragon boats and breast cancer survivors?
He believed the teamwork could provide emotional support while the upper body exercise would help prevent lymphedema. McKenzie was proven correct. None of the women in the study developed lymphedema, all experienced greater health and well-being, and those who had lymphedema when the study began found their symptoms had improved.
As news of McKenzie’s findings spread, women living with breast cancer, as well as those who support them, began forming dragon boat crews. The movement has helped propel dragon boat racing into one of the world’s fastest-growing water sports.
About 150 breast cancer teams race in other parts of the world. Closer to home, there are teams in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin, including teams from Mayo Clinic Rochester and Arizona. Throughout the year, dragon boat teams get together to compete in local and national races.
Hong Kong style racing