While it might seem surprising that a sport like rowing can lead to labrum tears, it’s actually fairly common. Bear in mind that we’re not referring to a casual kayak ride to see the sights, we’re talking about competitive rowing in the racing context. These athletes are performing the same action again and again, without ever stopping to rest until the race is over.
As you can imagine, this constant stress on the shoulder coupled with repetitive motions can lead to labrum tears. The easiest way to counteract this is by doing more “push” exercises. Rowing is a pulling motion, so you need to balance it out with more push workouts. Push-ups, weightlifting, and the like will help you build your shoulder strength both ways so that you don’t end up tearing your labrum while in the middle of rowing competitions.