Thursday, August 14, 2008

Why Do Divers Shower?

I have been watching a few sports in much detail. Some of which I really enjoy are: swimming, diving and athletics (15th Aug 2008). So till the 15th, the only sports I have been watching are swimming and diving. AND of course, the wrestling - I am working in the venue, remember. Do any of you'll know why do divers shower right after they finish a dive? In fact, they will only be able to see their results while in the shower. Have you ever wondered why?

The explanation below will explain it. The following excerpt is from Yahoo! Sports:-

After completing a dive, competitors swim to a ladder, climb out of the pool and head immediately to a bank of showers that sit adjacent to the diving boards. Then, in full view of the crowd and NBC cameras, they shower off. Divers keep their suits on, of course, usually appearing only to rinse off their hair and arms. Oftentimes, the divers will receive their scores while still showering off. What's the purpose of this?

Theories have ranged from 'to get the chlorine off' to 'they want to have fun' -- seriously, that last one is a direct quote from NBC's diving analyst, Cynthia Potter. Neither are the reason.

Divers shower in between each dive to keep their muscles warm after getting out of the pool. The temperature of the pool water and the air are usually different (the pool is usually around 80 degrees, with the air temperature between 68 and 72 degrees). This difference can cause muscle tightness. To combat this, divers warm up in either the showers or a hot tub.

So now we know!

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