Interesting Fact of the Day!
Why do certain athletes shave their bodies? This is indeed an interesting topic.
Bikers- Cyclists shave out of necessity. In the unfortunate incidence of falling off of one's bike, body hair acts as Velcro in contact with ground or pavement by tearing off patches of skin. Shaved skin offers a smoother, "slipperier" contact with the ground and allows the biker to escape less scathed in a spill.
Swimmers- A similar principle applies to professional swimmers, only with a few modifications. A shaved body does indeed offer a better hydrodynamic surface. However, the main reason is not to rid oneself of hair, but rather to remove the outer layer of dead skin on the surface of the epidermis. What this does is exposes newer, more sensitive skin which in turn allows the swimmer a heightened feel of the water.
Runners- Runners may shave their legs for similar reason as the cyclist. If a runner were to get a serious gash or scrape either from falling or getting spiked by another runners shoes, then the area around the wound might have to be shaved to prevent infection. This is an unpleasant ordeal if done after getting the wound. In addition, runners often wear spandex either in sprinting or leggings in the winter months. Some athletes find body hair a nuisance in this situation as the spandex clumps it down and can pull it, or the hairs move through the fibers. *The myth of shaved legs contributing to a significant aerodynamic advantage is false. Any such effect is all psychosomatic. So point and laugh at their ignorance, if that is their basis* #athletes #runners #cycling #swimming #shaving